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10 ways guaranteed to quickly improve your music production

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10 ways guaranteed to quickly improve your music production

Getting more from your music production setup doesn't have to be headache-inducing or break the bank; Today, home recording equipment is both affordable and compact, but there’s more to making a good recording than simply hitting the big red button and then playing. We’ve put together a few tips to help you get the best out of your music production setup, regardless of whether you are using DAW recording software, an integrated hardware recorder/mixer or even an old tape machine. It goes without saying that good music production starts with a good performance of a well-arranged song, but even a…

Roland partners with top producers at Santorini songwriting camp

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Roland partners with top producers at Santorini songwriting camp

Santorini is an unlikely rock ‘n’ roll epicentre. Rugged and remote, the island sits some 200km off the Greek mainland, its economy based on agriculture and tourism. Yet to those that know, Santorini is also home to Black Rock Studios: a best-kept-secret facility whose isolated vibe and cutting-edge equipment has drawn artists including OneRepublic, Joe…

The Revenge has an original TR-909 signed by Jeff Mills

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The Revenge has an original TR-909 signed by Jeff Mills

It’s hard to think of many more sought after vintage pieces of music hardware than the Roland TR-909 drum-machine. The Revenge (AKA Scottish DJ/Producer Graeme Clark) has one, along with the TR-606 Drumatix (complete with original carrying-case) and a battle-scarred TR-505. What makes The Revenge’s ‘909 even more desirable is that his unit has been…

Behind the scenes with Spandau Ballet’s drummer

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Behind the scenes with Spandau Ballet’s drummer

Their hits might have defined the New Romantic scene of the early-’80s, but watch Spandau Ballet live in 2015 and you’ll find a band moving with the times. In this exclusive video interview, filmed behind the scenes on the band’s current tour, original drummer John Keeble talks about how he’s using Roland’s gear as part…

Producers talk Roland gear at ADE 2015

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Producers talk Roland gear at ADE 2015

ADE is Amsterdam’s yearly gathering of the electronic tribes where the great and the good hook up, network and share their passion for electronic music and production. With well over 2000 artists performing over the course of the event and dance music luminaries lurking in every venue, where better for Roland to hook up with…

Deep Purple’s Ian Paice on the “genius” of Roland V-Drums

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Deep Purple’s Ian Paice on the “genius” of Roland V-Drums

Ian Paice remembers the bad old days of digital drums. A time when the latency of lesser kits killed the groove. An age when dodgy triggering made audiences wince. But that was before the Deep Purple drum god pulled up a stool at the Roland TD-30KV. “I came across Roland’s V-Drums,” he explains in this…

KIYOLA KF-10 digital piano: artisan craftsmanship matched with peerless digital technology

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KIYOLA KF-10 digital piano: artisan craftsmanship matched with peerless digital technology

When it comes to music, collaborations often lead to something truly special. We’ve all heard two musicians from different genres strike up a bond resulting in something that’s way more than the sum of its parts. And if it works for musicians, it can also work for the companies who make the instruments they play….

Craig Blundell on the exciting challenge of drumming for Steven Wilson

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Craig Blundell on the exciting challenge of drumming for Steven Wilson

As a battle-tested session warrior, Craig Blundell doesn’t do nerves. Even so, the long-standing Roland artist will admit that slipping onto the drum stool for Steven Wilson was not a gig for the faint-hearted. In this exclusive video interview, filmed during soundcheck at the British prog giant’s Royal Albert Hall shows in September, Craig reveals…

Are you wasting money in your home recording studio?

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Are you wasting money in your home recording studio?

Home studios are wonderful things, and other than the pleasure they give the user, they can also be expanded gradually to increase facilities and to improve quality. However, I’ve seen home recording studio owners spend alarming amounts of money on things that I know are going to make little or no difference, so how should…

The Best Roland USB Audio Interface for Your Recording Needs

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The Best Roland USB Audio Interface for Your Recording Needs

From basic 2-in/2-out boxes to professional multi-I/O recording powerhouses, there’s at least one model in Roland’s eight-strong fleet of USB USB audio interfaces for Mac, PC and iPad to suit every music producer and engineer, no matter what their experience level or budget. In this guide, we’ll take you through the full range, from bottom…

Massive Attack in the studio with Roland AIRA

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Massive Attack in the studio with Roland AIRA

Massive Attack have been pushing the boundaries since the mid ‘80s, effortlessly fusing music with politics and controversy like no other band. They’re also masters of the collaboration, working with Portishead, Liz Fraser, Horace Andy, and Damon Albarn to name just a few. We recently got some studio time with the band as they checked…