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10 things you need to know for band Auditions

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10 things you need to know for band Auditions

No more excuses. Enough hiding in your bedroom, practising through headphones and bantering with an imaginary stadium crowd. Instead, make 2016 that you finally burst onto the music scene and forge your rock ‘n’ roll career in earnest. You’re going to need to join a band, and that usually starts with an audition. Here’s how you get one – and how to ace it when you do… #10. Find a band Old-school newspaper classifieds might have brought together classic lineups from Guns N’ Roses to The Pixies, but these days, the fastest way to fish for bandmates is online. Try…

7 Useful Patches for the AIRA Effector Modules

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7 Useful Patches for the AIRA Effector Modules

The AIRA Effector Modules are extremely versatile tools that have a lot to add to any modular rig. Using the AIRA Modular Customizer, they can be reconfigured to perform an almost infinite variety of functions. There are 31 different modules to choose from, including oscillators, envelopes, filters, delay and more. Here are some useful patches…

How to replace your V-Drums’ worn mesh heads with PowerPly

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How to replace your V-Drums’ worn mesh heads with PowerPly

If you play Roland V-Drums, you’ll already know that our standard mesh heads can take a whole lot of abuse. Play long and hard enough though, and just like any drummer, you’ll need to replace your worn heads. Fortunately, as this video tutorial proves, that’s never been easier – thanks to Roland’s new MH-2 PowerPly…

How to make your drum kit hybrid with PowerPly mesh heads

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How to make your drum kit hybrid with PowerPly mesh heads

There’s more to the Roland MH-2 PowerPly mesh heads than meets the eye. Plenty of V-Drums players will welcome these Remo-produced two-ply heads as the perfect replacements for their worn-out heads. But as this video tutorial reveals, they’re also a crafty addition to a traditional acoustic kit, fitting onto the kick, snare and tom shells,…

Pro Tutorial – Heidi Joubert demos the new EC-10 ElCajon

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Pro Tutorial – Heidi Joubert demos the new EC-10 ElCajon

When Roland launched the new EC-10 ElCajon at the 2016 NAMM Show, we asked top percussionist Heidi Joubert to show the crowds exactly what this percussion game-changer was capable of. For those of us who weren’t lucky enough to spend January in sunny California, though, we also shot these four video demos, in which Heidi…

Inside the AIRA Modular Customizer

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Inside the AIRA Modular Customizer

The AIRA Modular Customizer brings a whole virtual modular synthesizer to your AIRA Modular EFX module. This article explains more about the “synth behind the synth” available for the new BITRAZER, DEMORA, TORCIDO and SCOOPER modules. Originally published by Christian Moraga for the Roland Australia Blog If you are a fan of electronic music, you…

Roland Digital Piano Design Awards – Winners Announced

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Roland Digital Piano Design Awards – Winners Announced

Even though Roland has a long history in developing digital pianos, it’s the future of this wonderful instrument that really gets us excited. That’s why, last year, we announced the Roland Digital Piano Design Awards, inviting the planet’s brightest design talents to create a groundbreaking instrument concept that leaps off the drawing-board. With over than…

5 reasons to add the BOSS DM-2W analog delay to your pedalboard

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5 reasons to add the BOSS DM-2W analog delay to your pedalboard

For a long time, savvy guitar players have known about the special magic that the vintage BOSS DM-2 analog delay brings to their sound. That’s why the long-discontinued pedal has fetched such high prices on the used market for two-plus decades now. With the Waza Craft DM-2W, the fabled stomp has been completely reborn and…

Seven Hidden Features of the Roland Boutique Synths

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Seven Hidden Features of the Roland Boutique Synths

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 of dollars. The JP-08, JX-03 and JU-06 Roland…

What’s so special about the new Roland TD-11KV Special Edition?

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What’s so special about the new Roland TD-11KV Special Edition?

There’s a new drum kit on the block. Landing at Roland dealers from March, the TD-11KV Special Edition is the third and newest member of the top-selling TD-11 V-Drums range. If you’re serious about your drumming and want an electronic drum kit that can match your technique, read our quick guide on deciding which TD-11…

The story behind the new Roland SYSTEM-500 Modular Synth

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The story behind the new Roland SYSTEM-500 Modular Synth

Josh Holley is head honcho of Texas guitar-pedal manufacturers Malekko, and a self-confessed synth nut. So when Malekko was invited to collaborate with Roland on a modern reboot of the iconic SYSTEM-700 and 100M analogue modular synths, perhaps it’s no wonder he felt a little awestruck. “It’s a lot of responsibility,” he recalls in this…