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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…

AIRA MODULAR: WHAT IS CONTROL VOLTAGE?

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AIRA MODULAR: WHAT IS CONTROL VOLTAGE?

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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…

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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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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What is a Vocoder?

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What is a Vocoder?

HISTORY The vocoder was developed in 1928 by Bell Labs, and first demonstrated in 1939 at the New York World’s Fair. Its intended use was to reduce the bandwidth of voice information, allowing it to be transferred across further distances. Unfortunately, the voice reproduction of these early systems was not great and they were never…

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The Ultimate Guide To The AIRA MX-1 Mix Performer

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The Ultimate Guide To The AIRA MX-1 Mix Performer

The humble mixer has long played a significant part in music creation and performance. Dub music for instance, was pivotal in moving the mixing console to centre stage, where it became an instrument in itself. Dub music showed the world the wondrous possibilities and creative power of the mixing desk, demonstrating that it could be…

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The story behind the new Roland SYSTEM-500 Modular Synth

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The story behind the new Roland SYSTEM-500 Modular Synth

Josh Holley is head honcho of Texas guitar-pedal manufacturers Malekko, and a self-confessed synth nut. So when Malekko was invited to collaborate with Roland on a modern reboot of the iconic SYSTEM-700 and 100M analogue modular synths, perhaps it’s no wonder he felt a little awestruck. “It’s a lot of responsibility,” he recalls in this…

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TR-707 and TR-727 Rhythm Expansions now available for AIRA TR-8

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TR-707 and TR-727 Rhythm Expansions now available for AIRA TR-8

When the AIRA TR-8 arrived earlier this year, there was plenty of hype. Roland had decided to return to the mighty TR-808, often cited as the most influential drum machine of all time. The TR-909, the younger, tougher sibling focusing on techno and house, was also part of the deal, so you basically got two…

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Roland Aira Updates Now Available

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Roland Aira Updates Now Available

  With the release of Roland Aira version 1.1 system update, we’ve listened carefully to user-feedback on what functionality they would most like to see incorporated. Aira users can now enjoy expanded customisation options, better USB functionality, improved MIDI communication and much more. Let’s take an in-depth look at all the changes to each of…

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Aira SH-101 Plug-Out Synth – Watch the World Premiere in full

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Aira SH-101 Plug-Out Synth – Watch the World Premiere in full

  Watch the world premiere of the SH-101 Plug-Out synth as David Ålhund (Roland Expert, V-Topia, NUDE, Tweeky) demonstrates the new software synth running on the new Aira System-1 synth, giving the attendees an exclusive first look at this new Roland hardware and software. He also delivered his signature performance with the Aira TR8, TB3…

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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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