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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…

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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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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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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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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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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How to Get Started in Modular Synthesis

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How to Get Started in Modular Synthesis

There is no doubt that the popularity of modular synthesis is rising. You don’t have to look far to see the enormous interest in these instruments, in clubs, studios and bedrooms and worldwide. But what exactly are these boxes of coloured cables and knobs? Are they worth the investment? Do they live up to their…

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