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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…

  'How To' Articles

The Parent’s Guide For Kids Starting To Learn Piano

Picture the scene… your smiling nine year old takes a bow from the stage to an applauding crowd at the school concert. It’s surely one of the proudest moments for any parent. Most likely, you’ve heard or read about the importance of learning music for children. But… you may be wondering, where to start? I…

  Product News

System-8 Free Update – Brand New JX-3P & FM Synth Engine!

Over the past few months Roland have released two massive updates for the System-8 PLUG-OUT synthesizer! The updates introduced classic FM oscillators, a collection of new filters to use in the System-8 mode and a brand new PLUG-OUT version of a classic Roland synth, the JX-3P. Contributed by Zachary Odgers for the Roland Australia Blog…

  Buying Guides

Aerophone GO – A Student’s Perspective

Hello, I’m Caitlin and I’m a 15 year old saxophonist, pianist and clarinettist in Year 10 at Conservatorium High School in Sydney, Australia. I have played piano for 11 years, clarinet for 4 and saxophone for 6 months. Though I’m relatively new to the saxophone, I love playing and in two weeks will be sitting…

  BOSS Talk

The BOSS Pedal Project – One Man’s Journey To Collect Every BOSS Pedal Ever Made

There are BOSS fans, and then there are BOSS fans. Today, our blog takes a brief break from focusing on our usual guides and tutorials, and puts the spotlight onto the very awesome BOSS Pedal Project. If you haven’t checked it out yet, the BOSS Pedal Project is essentially exactly that – one man’s quest…

  Behind The Drums

Drummer’s Guide To The TD-17

Welcome to the complete guide to the TD-17! Use this guide as a goto resource of practical how-to’s for the TD-17. This guide starts with setting up and configuring the kit and covers the many possibilities for creative and productive practice and performance. Contributed by Simon Ayton for the Roland Australia Blog SETUP CONFIGURING THE…

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5 Reasons Why You Need A GO:MIXER

The Roland GO:MIXER is an easy and, dare we say, fun way to record. It delivers the kind of crystal clear audio a smartphone can only dream of recording! With plug and play functionality, you can record multiple sources of high quality audio straight into your phone. Let’s check out 5 ways you can use the GO:MIXER to…

  BOSS Talk

Metal Zone – You’re Using It Wrong

It’s funny – everyone has an opinion on the trusty ol’ Metal Zone. And we think we know why – it’s because almost everyone has owned one at some point since its release all the way back in 1991 (yes, your first year MT-2 is almost vintage now!). Now you might be thinking – what…

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How Roland and Karimoku Carved a New Piano

KIYOLA is created by a unique collaboration of two companies from different industries. Electronic music instrument maker, Roland and furniture designer Karimoku – a furniture maker known for its deep understanding and love of timber. Karimoku’s goal is to create a piano that has great harmony with the home interior, and one that the player…

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SE-02 Analog Synth Version 1.10: New Sounds, Enhanced Features, and Computer-Based Editing

Packed with discrete analog circuitry, the SE-02 from Roland and Studio Electronics delivers authentic vintage sound with vast programmability and modern connectivity. The just-released Version 1.10 firmware makes this compact mono synth even more powerful, with 128 all-new preset sounds plus user-requested features like increased PWM performance and numerous programming enhancements for improved workflow. Version…

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Gig Ready Synths – Which One is Right for You?

Synthesizers have become an essential piece of the modern performer’s toolkit. No matter what genre of music you create or perform, chances are that the right performance synth will help you really kick things up a notch. With the overwhelming number of synths available however, comparing them can be a daunting task. That’s why it’s…