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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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Sounds Of The Roland Boutique SH-01A Synthesizer

The new Roland Boutique SH-01A Synthesizer is a faithful recreation of the classic Roland SH-101 from 1982, a synthesizer that helped shape the sound of countless genres of music including Pop, House, Techno, and Electro.  It is a monophonic powerhouse that has one of the most recognizable sounds out there.  Its ease of use makes…

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What Is A Vocoder?

The vocoder was developed in 1928 by Bell Labs, and first demonstrated in 1939 at the New York World’s Fair. Its intended use was to reduce the bandwidth of voice information, allowing it to be transferred across further distances. Unfortunately, the voice reproduction of these early systems was not great and they were never used…

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Analog Heart In A Bold Digital World – The Studio Electronics Story

Analog synthesizers inhabit a special place in the musical world. As the first synthesizers that were widely available commercially, analog synthesizers have provided artists and producers with incredible sounds and tonal ranges for decades. Roland has a long history with analog synthesizers. From immense modular setups like the System-700, to portable monophonic classics like the…

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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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The Ultimate Guide to The AIRA MX-1

The humble mixer has long played a significant part in music creation and performance. Dub music for instance, was pivotal in moving the mixing console to centre stage, where it became an instrument in itself. Dub music showed the world the wondrous possibilities and creative power of the mixing desk, demonstrating that it could be used…

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Evolution of the Roland Space Echo

Space Echo. It’s a very evocative name for an effects unit. It conveys a feeling of depth and complexity, which is certainly how many players describe the sound of Roland’s legendary series of echo machines. The warm delay sound, distinctive reverb and subtle chorusing effect are all hallmarks of the unmistakable tone that thousands of…

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Songwriting With The BOSS RC-505 Loop Station

Contributed by Roland Canada Team The BOSS RC-505 Loop Station is for more than just beatboxing! Read on to see how CHERSEA used the RC-505 to write her latest masterpiece “Wolf”.

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Roland FA-06 Synthesizer: The All-In-One Workstation

  The new Roland FA-06 Synthesizer is the next step in the evolution of the workstation, inspired by the machines of the past to create an instrument for the future. But where did the music “workstation” begin?

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Roland Synth Chronicle: 1973 – 2014

Contributed by Roland US Team Download a PDF version of the Roland Synthesizer Chronicle, 1973 through 2010. 2014: SYSTEM-1 In the spirit of its predecessors (SYSTEM-100, SYSTEM-100M and SYSTEM-700), the SYSTEM-1 breaks new ground with remarkable flexibility.

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TR-808 Drum Machine Flashback

Let’s kick this off with a little bit of trivia: the TR- 808 has been used on more hit records than any other drum machine. Read that again.