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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…

Top 5 Benefits of Digital Sheet Music for Pianists

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Top 5 Benefits of Digital Sheet Music for Pianists

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The age of digital sheet music has arrived! Now, pianists and other musicians can take advantage of all the benefits from virtually any computer or mobile device. Whether you’re a teacher giving private lessons, a gigging musician, or a student just starting out, there’s much to gain from the scores of scores available with a…

Get three months’ Free Access to Sheet Music Direct

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Get three months’ Free Access to Sheet Music Direct

Choose a Roland GP, LX or HP piano – get three months’ free access to Sheet Music Direct. Think of a tune. It could be anything. A classical minuet, or a jazz-hands showtune. A pop banger, or a stadium-filling rock anthem. Whatever you’re thinking of, chances are, you’ll find it on Sheet Music Direct. And…

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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….

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Create your perfect Roland piano with the Piano Designer app

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Create your perfect Roland piano with the Piano Designer app

Roland digital pianos include a wide range of piano sounds, keeping you interested and making practice more varied and enjoyable. But what about once you’ve tried the preset models? With most digital pianos, you’re stuck with the ‘factory’ sounds, and have little or no scope to change them. Choose certain Roland pianos though, and the…

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Piano Designer app for iOS and Android

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Piano Designer app for iOS and Android

  The reason that acoustic pianos sound so rich and complex is due to the various physical components interacting with each other. The strings, soundboard, iron frame and wooden cabinet all work together to create that beloved grand piano sound. And in the hands of a skilled piano technician, the tonal character of an acoustic…

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Roland F-130R Digital Piano

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Roland F-130R Digital Piano

  If your dreams of a grand piano have been dashed by the dimensions of your home, the Roland F-130R Digital Piano could be the perfect fit. There’s plenty of performance in this ultra-compact instrument. Discerning pianists get the faithful acoustic tone and feel to keep them inspired. Improving players get the tools they need…

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Roland RP401R digital piano now available

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Roland RP401R digital piano now available

  It’s a blast having a piano at the heart of your family home – but hunting for the right model can be a headache. Acoustic grand pianos demand space you don’t have, while maintenance and lessons drain money you can’t spare. The solution? Roland’s RP401R Digital Piano is an instrument that fits around real…

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Roland TB-303 acid house flashback

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Roland TB-303 acid house flashback

  Image from ‘Forward to the Past 2′ on PokerFlat Recordings. www.pokerflat-recordings.com The machine that put a smile on the faces of electronic dance music lovers all over the world, without even realizing—the incomparable Roland TB-303 Bass Line. It’s hard to make a definitive statement these days without kicking off an almighty flame war, but we’re…

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Take It Today

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Take It Today

What is Take it Today? Take it Today is a new finance scheme run by Roland to help with the purchase of Roland musical instruments.  The scheme is available through participating music dealers in the UK.  Three options are available: Representative Example – 9 MONTHS INTEREST FREE FINANCE Interest free finance (representative 0% APR) is…

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Roland AIRA electronic dance music products arrive in the UK

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Roland AIRA electronic dance music products arrive in the UK

Some people said it would never happen. That Roland would never reissue some of the classic products from its back catalogue. And even if we did, that they wouldn’t sound a patch on the originals. And after Roland AIRA was announced last month, the debates began, speculation reached fever pitch, the rave reviews started coming in,…

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