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Depeche Mode’s Peter Gordeno reveals his stadium-filling Roland rig

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Depeche Mode’s Peter Gordeno reveals his stadium-filling Roland rig

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With just hours to go until showtime at Prague’s Eden Arena, Peter Gordeno of Depeche Mode slipped an Access All Areas pass around Roland’s neck and invited us to soundcheck. Armed with tunes that span from 1989’s Personal Jesus to this year’s Where’s The Revolution, the Essex trio are the dark lords of British synth-pop – so it’s no surprise that their live rig is a treasure-trove of Roland gear. “We’re a very electronic band,” explains Peter in this behind-the-scenes video interview, “and sometimes we even have three keyboard players playing.”     Now, you’ll get right into the heart…

The Roland gear behind DJ Alan Walker’s live shows

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The Roland gear behind DJ Alan Walker’s live shows

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Since 2015, multi-platinum hits like Faded and Sing Me To Sleep have made Alan Walker one of the hottest young DJ/producers on the planet. And when you watch the Norwegian sensation live, you’ll be struck by how the 19-year-old is able to recreate every last nuance of his studio material on the stage. For this,…

4 Proven Tips To Inspire Your Songwriting Pt.2 – The Lesson I Learnt From Nile Rodgers

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4 Proven Tips To Inspire Your Songwriting Pt.2 – The Lesson I Learnt From Nile Rodgers

Some of the most inspiring stories of the music industry come not from the bright-shining stars but from the slow-burning musicians and artists, whose songwriting abilities and smarts have provided them an enviously long career. One such musician is Geoffrey Williams, a singer-songwriter and loop artist who has written for artists such as Michael Jackson…

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Using Samples with your TR-8 Rhythm Performer

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Using Samples with your TR-8 Rhythm Performer

For decades, artists and producers have been evolving the classic Roland TR-808 and TR-909 drum sounds. The Roland TR-8 Rhythm Performer gives you those timeless sounds, along with the capacity to manipulate, sequence and affect them in real time. Now, the new Roland SP-404A Linear Wave Sampler takes this versatility even further, with the ability…

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Open Back Vs Closed Back Guitar Speaker Cabinets – What’s the Difference?

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Open Back Vs Closed Back Guitar Speaker Cabinets – What’s the Difference?

If you’ve ever played a guitar amplifier, you could be forgiven for not paying close attention to the back of it. Really, why would you? The important stuff is on the front or the top, right? Whether you’re playing a combo or a roaring stack, the back of the amplifier is a huge part of…

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Sounds of the Roland Boutique SH-01a Synthesizer

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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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Your Child’s First Piano Lessons – Pt.2: Why Do People Learn the Piano?

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Your Child’s First Piano Lessons – Pt.2: Why Do People Learn the Piano?

Once their child is enrolled in a pre-school or kindergarten, one of the things that parents may fret over is the potential learning activities for their children. Typically, most of us feel a bit anxious before starting something new. So before your child begins taking lessons, we would like to give you some useful tips….

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How to Go From the Bedroom to the Club – Getting Your First DJ Gigs

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How to Go From the Bedroom to the Club – Getting Your First DJ Gigs

So, you’ve been DJing for a while now. Fantastic! You’ve also gotten to know your way around the decks. Great stuff! What you are probably wondering now is, “How do I take that big step from playing in my bedroom to my first club gig?” It can be daunting, but remember – every DJ started…

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4 Proven Tips to Inspire Your Songwriting Pt.1 – Inspiration Is Everywhere!

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4 Proven Tips to Inspire Your Songwriting Pt.1 – Inspiration Is Everywhere!

Some of the most inspiring stories of the music industry come not from the brightest-shining stars but from the slow-burning musicians and songwriters whose ability and smarts have provided them with an enviously long career. One such musician is Geoffrey Williams, a singer-songwriter and loop artist who has written for artists such as Michael Jackson…

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Roland Icon Series: The D-50 Linear Synthesizer

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Roland Icon Series: The D-50 Linear Synthesizer

The Roland Icon Series is a collection of articles looking back at the most popular and recognized Roland instruments. In over four decades, Roland has designed many world-first instruments, like the first touch-sensitive keyboard and first guitar synthesizer.     MOVING FORWARD   The late 1970s and early 1980s saw Roland pioneering synth design with…

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Expanding and Customizing Your V-DRUMS

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Expanding and Customizing Your V-DRUMS

Drummers love to expand and customize their kits. Customizing a kit helps to reflect a drummers personality, as well as assisting them with fitting into any musical situation. Already well known for their huge possibilities for great sounds and playability, Roland’s V-Drums are also capable of some fantastic customizing. Apart from making sure you have…

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