On April 2, 2015, Autism Speaks celebrated its eighth annual Light It Up Blue campaign as part of World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD). Roland Corporation U.S. was proud to join thousands of iconic landmarks, religious institutions, businesses, and communities in more than 130 countries in an ongoing initiative to raise the global awareness of autism. Autism currently affects 1 in 68 children in the United States and millions more worldwide.
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Premium Build and Audiophile Sound
In a vast sea of compact audio interfaces for personal music production, Roland’s new Super UA stands far above the rest. To start, it delivers the state-of-the-art in fidelity, offering native support for both 1-bit DSD and 32-bit PCM playback and recording at rates up to 24-bit/192 kHz. It also looks and feels great, with sculpted controls, all-metal construction, and a versatile modular design that makes it easy to use as a grab-and-go mobile interface. Adding in a high-performance headphone amp, built-in switching for multiple monitors, and much more, the Super UA is destined to become the next interface for your personal music rig.
The Mixer Reimagined as a Musical Instrument
If you’ve been looking for a more powerful and flexible way to mix and control all your electronic music gear live and in the studio, your wait is over—the MX-1 Mix Performer has arrived! Combining a mixer, control surface, audio interface, and step-based effector into one portable device, the MX-1 is the perfect command center for your rig. It seamlessly brings together your AIRA gear, synths, drum machines, loops, DAW tracks, and more into a single performance-optimized mixing instrument that’s ready to be played.
Hybrid Synth with Analog and Digital Sound Engines, Vocoder, and More
If you’re a synth fanatic, the JD-Xi Interactive Crossover Synthesizer is a cool new hybrid keyboard that you’ll love! It features a true analog synth engine for authentic lead and bass tones, plus two digital sound engines that power Roland’s famous SuperNATURAL synth sounds. There are a ton of great drum kits on board as well, plus a four-track pattern sequencer for putting together songs and loops. This compact powerhouse also comes with a high-quality gooseneck mic for exploring rich vocal textures with the built-in Vocoder, AutoPitch, and Auto Note functions.
Mod Your Blues Cube Amp with EJ’s Signature Sounds
Eric Johnson’s style and sound are legendary in the guitar world, as is his meticulous pursuit of great tone. Now, Roland Blues Cube owners can infuse their amps with EJ’s expert tonal sensibilities via the Eric Johnson Tone Capsule. This user-installable circuit re-voices the Blues Cube Artist and Stage amps, changing the sound and response characteristics to provide custom voicings tuned and approved by Eric himself.
Sound Like a Pro Wherever You Sing
Whether you’re a pro stage singer or just singing for fun on YouTube videos, every vocalist benefits from enhancing their sound with high-quality reverb and studio effects. Unfortunately, most of us don’t have a sound engineer with us to dial up great sounds every time we perform. The VE-1 Vocal Echo solves this problem, providing a compact, all-in-one solution that lets you sound your best everywhere you sing.
A Powerful Tone Enhancer and DI for Bassists
With the new BB-1X Bass Driver, improving your bass tone has never been easier. Far more than a typical stompbox, the BB-1X incorporates powerful BOSS technology to make your sound big, bold, and punchy. It functions much like a preamp, allowing you shape your tone without altering the fundamental core elements of your bass and amp sounds. The BB-1X also includes a uniquely tuned DI output that ensures the FOH engineer gets a great sound for delivering your personal tone to the main PA.
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, traditional bass players are now called upon more and more to double on keyboard both live and in the studio. If you’re a bassist who’s looking to increase your musical versatility and gigging opportunities, read on to find out the things you should know when getting into synth bass.
BOSS Legend Series: FBM-1
Despite the name, Fender’s famous Bassman amps have long been more popular with guitarists. First introduced in 1952 as a companion to the newly introduced Precision Bass, the Bassman line has seen many generational changes throughout the years that greatly affect its sound. But it’s the tweed-covered 1959 model that’s the most iconic, delivering a dark, woody bark and ballsy overdrive that’s served as one of the essential blueprints for rock and blues guitar tone. Thanks to BOSS’ official collaboration with Fender, the FBM-1 Fender ’59 Bassman pedal makes it easy and affordable to add this classic sound to your rig.
Powerful Creative Tools for Performing and Practice
For every musician, looping is a great way to enhance your creativity and have more fun making music. The ability to record yourself on the spot and play along opens up a world of possibilities for not only solo performing, but also for developing ideas and improving your skills. BOSS’ compact Loop Station pedals—the RC-1, RC-3, and RC-30—are the most popular loopers in the world, offering great sound quality and convenient battery-powered operation for on-the-go performing. The feature sets of these Loop Stations vary, with each supporting the unique needs of different types of looping musicians, including guitarists, keyboardists, vocalists, and others. So which one is right for you? Read on to find out…