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How To Assist Your Child's Learning With The Right Piano

There are tonnes of studies and articles about the benefits of children learning music. Music can play a big part in a child’s development – from memory to patience, plus helping with cognitive and social skills. Music is a universal language that can benefit anyone and everyone, regardless of background and age. So, you’ve decided to get your child started in learning a musical instrument. Congratulations! There are many instruments to choose from. Strings, woodwind, brass, percussion….but unless your child has a strong preference to play a particular instrument, I feel that learning a keyboard instrument is a great place…

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8 Things to Know About The SYSTEM-500 Complete Set

The Roland SYSTEM-500 Complete Set is a fully analog recreation based on Roland’s classic SYSTEM-100M. The modules have been adjusted to conform to the Eurorack standard. Below is a list of some other enhancements and useful bits of information to help you get the most out of the modules. Contributed by Roland Canada The SYSTEM-500…

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A Beginner’s Guide to Compression

Compression is one of the most frequently used effects for audio production. Considered to be an essential studio tool, applying compression to every track in a mix, individually or overall, is an industry standard procedure. A compressor has the ability to radically alter sounds, or even a whole mix if need be. Despite having a…

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Using your Roland Boutique with Ableton Live

With iconic and legendary Roland instruments now available in studio and stage friendly modules, the Roland Boutique series gives you the ability to bring classic sounds to your mixes. Maybe you’ve always wanted a Jupiter-8 style pad, a TR-909 sounding kick or a gritty TR-303 bass line in your music, but an original model isn’t…

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How to Create Drums on The JD-XA

The Roland JD-XA is a crossover synth with four analog and four digital voices. It looks similar to the Roland JD-Xi Interactive Analog/Digital Crossover Synthesizer, but they are two very different instruments. The JD-Xi is an all-in-one groove machine with two digital voices, one analog voice and drums. The JD-XA; however, is a synthesis powerhouse…

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From Studio to Stage: The Electronic Musician’s Guide to Gigging

For the solo electronic artist, the most obvious option when it comes to performing live has long been the DJ set. These days, using a laptop running any DJ application, mixing your own tracks with those of other acts is a piece of cake. Making the transition from the warm, cosy confines of the home…

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Look Ma, No Feet! How to Get Hands on with Your Looper

When most of us think of a BOSS RC Loop Station, they envisage a big red stompbox. Stompbox Loop Stations are excellent for instrumentalists who want to loop, but still need their hands free. However, some loop performers want more direct control over their performance. So whether you’re a DJ, a Vocalist or a multi-instrumentalist,…

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Essential Synth Tutorials: Part 2

Synthesizers are amazing instruments that allow musicians to shape sound into almost endless possibilities. This enormous potential can seem overwhelming at first. However, once learned, the knowledge of signal flow and subtractive synthesis can be transferred from one instrument to the next. We recently posted 7 Essential Synth Tutorials to help you start to craft…

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7 Essential Synth Tutorials

The real power of a synthesizer is its ability to craft and control the sound, allowing musicians to create their own custom tones. Synthesizers can seem overwhelming at first, but most have similar controls and follow the same signal flow. This allows synthesis knowledge to be transferred between instruments. Below are seven tutorials that will…

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Top 3 Tips: A-01 Controller+Generator

The Roland A-01 Controller+Generator is the ultimate controller to add to any music production set up. It is your one-stop controller and generator solution – it offers the flexibility to drive all your MIDI and CV/GATE-equipped analog gear, plus the ability to connect to a huge range of music-making apps, not to mention it is portable and…

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Seven Hidden Features of the Roland Boutique Synths

Contributed by David Jiang for the Roland Australia Blog The JP-8, JX-3P and Juno-106 synthesizers stand as stalwarts of their time. Released between 1981 and 1984, each produced classic synth lines to countless music genres. Many of the original synths have found their way into collector’s hands and in good condition are valued into the thousands…