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How to Create Drums on the JD-XA Synth

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How to Create Drums on the JD-XA Synth

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The Roland JD-XA is a crossover synth with four analog and four digital voices. It looks similar to the Roland JD-Xi Interactive Analog/Digital Crossover Synthesizer, but they are two very different instruments. The JD-Xi is an all-in-one groove machine with two digital voices, one analog voice and drums. The JD-XA; however, is a synthesis powerhouse…

Synth Bass for Bass Players – PART 1

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Synth Bass for Bass Players – PART 1

  INCREASE YOUR VERSATILITY AND GET MORE GIGS   In today’s music world, the vast influence of EDM and other electronic styles has crept into the fabric of nearly every popular genre. The core of EDM is a driving rhythm groove, with the low end held down by synthesizer bass. To cover this essential sound,…

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4 Proven Tips To Inspire Your Songwriting PT.3 – Writing For Michael Jackson

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4 Proven Tips To Inspire Your Songwriting PT.3 – Writing For Michael Jackson

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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AIRA MODULAR: WHAT IS CONTROL VOLTAGE?

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AIRA MODULAR: WHAT IS CONTROL VOLTAGE?

The modular synthesizer is back! The boundless world of sounds inside this instrument is fascinating professional musicians and amateurs alike. This synth (that looks more like a computer network device than instrument) features a series of knobs and jacks, buttons and switches, blinking lights and screens all hidden behind a wall of patch cables. But…

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The Roland gear behind DJ Alan Walker’s live shows

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The Roland gear behind DJ Alan Walker’s live shows

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,…

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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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