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3 Pieces of Advice on Buying Your Child’s First Piano

Buying a new piano can be a daunting task, especially if you are not a pianist or musician yourself - it can be difficult to determine which piano to buy or whether you should invest in purchasing a piano at all. Contributed by Hiyori Matsushima for the Roland Australia Blog During my years of working in music retail, selling both acoustic and digital pianos, some of the most asked questions asked by parents (wondering aimlessly in the shop) were: 1) My child’s piano teacher said “Buy a piano with full size, weighted keys”. What does this mean? 2) Should I buy…

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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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Are You Stuck In A Vocal Rut?

Let’s face it, we’ve all been there.. writer’s block. It’s a tricky one to get around. Being stuck in a rut doesn’t have to be a painful experience if you’re prepared to do something about it.

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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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New BOSS VE-2 Vocal Harmonist

Contributed by Roland US Team If you’re a singing guitarist or a solo vocalist, the new VE-2 Vocal Harmonist makes it easy to achieve polished vocal sounds with rich harmonies everywhere you perform. Compact and affordable, the VE-2 features automatic harmonies that can be controlled by a guitar input and/or manual settings, plus effects, automatic pitch correction,…

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TM-2 wins MIPA Award 2014!

  What do Modern Musician, Future Music, Guitar Player, Harmony Central, Music Trades, Electronic Musician and DrumScene have in common? They all vote in the M.I.P.A awards.