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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…

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

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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,…

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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Recording and mixing vocals; the basics

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Recording and mixing vocals; the basics

The boom in DAW software means that anyone can start recording vocals at home; you just need a vocalist, a computer, a mic and a little know how. Paul White, editor-in-chief of Sound on Sound magazine shares his tricks and tips for getting it right every time. Vocals are invariably the most important part of…

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Roland talk exclusively with David Bowie producer, Tony Visconti

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Roland talk exclusively with David Bowie producer, Tony Visconti

  As David Bowie’s producer since before the Space Oddity album – and sonic architect for everyone from Marc Bolan to Morrissey – Tony Visconti has the world’s ultimate desk job. In this exclusive interview, he talked Bowie, Berlin, the brutal modern industry – and why he won’t be seeing U2 again in a hurry……

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New Boss VE-2 Vocal Harmonist – arriving in June 2014

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New Boss VE-2 Vocal Harmonist – arriving in June 2014

The Boss VE-2 Vocal Harmonist will be available to buy instore from your local Roland and Boss UK dealer in June 2014. If you’re a singing guitarist or a solo vocalist, the VE-2 makes it easy to achieve polished vocal sounds with rich harmonies everywhere you perform. Compact and affordable, the VE-2 features automatic harmonies that can be controlled…

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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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The Brit Awards 2014 – guess who’s using Roland and Boss gear

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The Brit Awards 2014 – guess who’s using Roland and Boss gear

  Bastille use of Boss guitar effects pedals including the DA-2, TE-2 and MO-2, along with Roland TD-4KP V-Drums, SPD-SX and a Roland Juno G. Bastille came down to see us last year as their rise to fame was taking hold. Tight drum beats and festival ready chorus’s are a winning formula. Disclosure-Gaia, SPD-SX, V…

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Roland Connect – New gear from Roland and Boss  2014

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Roland Connect – New gear from Roland and Boss 2014

If you’re a musician and you live in the UK, there are a few things you can be certain of; it’s cold, dark and wet outside, there’s nothing good on TV and there’s a ton of new music gear being announced by Roland and Boss. With the mighty NAMM show just over a week away…

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