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Kanade Sato: Little Drummer Girl

The Story Behind Roland’s New V-Drums Video

Kanade Sato Playing the TD-1KV V-Drums

Kanade Sato playing the Roland TD-1K V-Drums.

Have you seen the new promo video for Roland’s recently released entry-level V-Drums? If you haven’t, you really need to have a look. In the video, 11-year-old Kanade Sato, a very talented young drummer from Japan, has been invited to play on the new V-Drums kit and spontaneously jam along with three pro musicians. The event was a total surprise to her, and she had no advance knowledge of what was going to take place before she arrived. Undeterred by the soundstage, lights, and large production crew, Kanade gave an inspiring, on-the-spot performance that shows what a bright future she has in store for her stated goal, which is to be a professional drummer when she grows up.


Getting the Auto-Tune Effect with the VE-5

A Little Fun with the Pitch Correct Function

VE-5 Auto-Tune

Get the auto-tune effect with the BOSS VE-5 Vocal Performer.

These days, there’s simply no excuse for bland vocals. We’re not saying that the VE-5 Vocal Performer will make you sing better or replace talent. But how about enhancing your sound with automatic harmonies or a little bit of echo? In this role, the VE-5 is perfect for adding some extra oomph to your singing. And along with polishing your sound with standard studio-style effects, the VE-5 is totally capable of delivering the famous auto-tune effect—á la T-Pain—should your music call for it.


Take Your Music Education Online

Students Enhance Careers with Music Education Online

Berklee Online

Music education online is more accessible than ever via Berklee College of Music’s online extension school.

When you think of music education, you may envision private teachers giving lessons in their homes or a rehearsal room full of students. These learning models are time tested and effective, but unfortunately are not available to all students. However, the dream of the virtual classroom is now a reality and online learning has come of age. According to SkilledUp’s E-learning blog, 46% of college students took at least one online class in the past year. It is predicted that by 2018, half of all classes will be taught online. Music education online is intriguing but also a bit of a mystery, especially for music students. Can you really get the same experience online as you can in a classroom?


V-Mixing Video with Gino Vannelli Live

Live Video Production and Recording

Author: Roland Systems Group Features Team

Have you wanted to produce and record a live show? Or, have you ever wondered what it would be like to producing and recording a live show for DVD? Watch this exclusive behind the scenes video from the production crew who put together the Gino Vannelli Live from LA DVD. The Roland V-Mixing System uses the REAC protocol a low latency Ethernet digital audio protocol that integrates Digital Mixing, Monitor Mixing, Multi-channel Recording, and personal mixing all on one network. This integrated digital audio transport system allows you to mix and record a live show!

Gino Vannelli Live from LA…


New Product: Roland HS-5 Session Mixer

Headphone Monitoring for Band Rehearsal and Recording

Roland HS-5 Session Mixer

Roland HS-5 Session Mixer.

When you play in a band, practice really does make perfect: the only way to get tight and develop new songs and ideas is by playing together regularly as a group. Unfortunately, rehearsals can be a little hard to bring together sometimes; you need to set up a sound system and all your other gear at a suitable place, and the actual rehearsal time is often limited by your neighbors’ sound tolerance or your budget for a dedicated rental space. Roland’s new HS-5 Session Mixer delivers a convenient solution to these common rehearsal issues, making it simple for your group to practice anytime and anywhere with studio-quality sound. In addition, the HS-5 includes useful recording features to enhance your practice sessions and help you create demos and CD tracks on a computer.


Control the INTEGRA-7 with Ableton Push

A Step-by-Step Guide

Integra-7 with ableton push

Control the INTEGRA-7 with Ableton Push

The INTEGRA-7 Module holds over six thousand tones. These include tones using Roland’s proprietary SuperNATURAL technology and thousands of Roland’s classic EDM phrases, drum kits, and hits from the built-in SRX expansion boards. This makes the INTEGRA-7 a great library of sounds to expand your sonic choices alongside Ableton or any DAW. More

New Product: BOSS RC-1 Loop Station

Simple and Fun

BOSS RC-1 Loop Station

BOSS RC-1 Loop Station pedal.

Since 2001, BOSS has led the looping universe with a continuous string of innovative, trendsetting Loop Station products. Currently, five different BOSS loopers serve the needs of all types of musicians, from guitarists and other instrumentalists to traditional vocalists and cutting-edge beatboxers. While the more advanced Loop Stations include an enormous array of creative features to choose from, some musicians like to keep things straightforward and simple. If that sounds like you, the new RC-1 Loop Station is your ideal choice, offering streamlined operation that makes it easier than ever to add looping to your rig. More

New Product: Roland TD-1K V-Drums

V-Drums Playability and Education Features in an Affordable Entry-Level Kit

Roland TD-1K V-Drums

Roland TD-1K V-Drums.

Pros, educators, and drum fans everywhere agree—Roland’s V-Drums are second to none in the world of electronic percussion. They sound great, they’re built to last, and they feel great to play, with a musical response that fully supports authentic acoustic playing techniques. Now, the newest member of the respected V-Drums family has substantially raised the bar for entry-level drum sets. Offering true V-Drums quality at an incredible price, the TD-1K brings an all-new level of playability and performance to beginning players, students, and home-based drummers everywhere. More

Top Guitarists Choose CUBE Amps

The Pro’s Choice for Premium Tone On the Go

Roland CUBE amps

Roland CUBE-GX Guitar Amplifiers.

Packing a versatile selection of sweet tones and onboard effects into durable designs that are built to last, Roland’s CUBE amp series has long been the top compact choice for pros gigging in town, weekend hobbyists, and beginning guitarists. But did you know that many of the world’s best-known players love CUBE amps as well? That’s right—these amazing guitarists can play whatever they want, and they turn to the CUBE whenever they need a convenient, great-sounding amp for practice at home, backstage warm-up, and even small club dates and recording sessions. More

Adjusting Pad Sensitivity for TD-15 V-Drums

Customize V-Drums to Your Drumming Style
TD-15: How to Adjust Pad Sensitivity

All drummers play drums differently. Some play soft, others play hard. Using different dynamic levels while playing can not only distinguish a drummer’s style, but also has an immediate and audible result on the sound that is produced.  Adjusting the sensitivity of electronic drum pads allows you to customize them to fit your particular playing style. For example, if you’re mainly a soft player, then you may want to increase the sensitivity, so the lighter taps trigger more easily. The reverse is also true, by lowering the value you will decrease the sensitivity of the pad.  Adjusting the sensitivity is not the same as adjusting the head tension, but rather how the sound module receives and translates information from the pads. In other words, increasing the sensitivity will make softer strokes louder, and decreasing the sensitivity will require a stronger stroke to produce accurate triggering from the pads. Adjusting  pad sensitivity is a feature on the TD-15 and other Roland Drum and Percussion Sound Modules.

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