Meet the United States’ first digital accordion orchestra, the New England Roland V-Accordion Orchestra. Organized by Springfield, MA Roland V-Accordion dealer Sam Falcetti, this unique digital orchestra features more than 25 accordion players with a wide range of musical perspective, including accordion contest champions, semi-professional accordionists, students and accordion hobbyists. The orchestra’s premier performance is scheduled during the 51st annual New England Music Festival, the weekend of April 5, 2013 in Newton, MA at the Newton Marriott. More
Rex Hardy and Russell Graham on American Idol
American Idol season 12 is underway with a new slate of contestants vying to reach the top spot and international stardom. Led by music director Ray Chew, the American Idol house band backs up every performer on live television, covering an enormous range of musical styles to perfection throughout the year. Working without a net before TV audiences of 20 million and beyond is a pressure-packed gig, for sure. To help get their jobs done, keyboardist Russell Graham and drummer Rex Hardy Jr. rely on Roland instruments to instantly deliver the top-level sounds and versatility they need every time, without fail. More
Jim Bybee [Roland US] Industry Brian Wilson, Def Leppard, drums, GA-112, GA-212, guitar, Jeff Beck, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, OCTA-CAPTURE, RD-700NX, recording, Rock N Roll Fantasy Camp, Rolands Systems Group, SONAR X2, The Beach Boys, V-Drums, V-Mixer 1 Comment
At their permanent home in Las Vegas this spring, Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp will be hosting two special edition camps featuring some legendary names in music. Brit rockers Def Leppard will lead a four-day camp from April 4-7, 2013, while renowned guitarist Jeff Beck and Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson will guest star from April 18-21, 2013. A wide selection of top-line Roland musical instruments and recording gear will be featured as well, at the ready for campers to use as they explore their inner rock star yearnings. More
Attention iPad users—there’s a great new way to get inside info on the latest Roland and BOSS gear, industry insights from pro musicians, and more. And best of all, it’s free! With our PowerOn digital magazines, you can keep up on the gear and artists you love, right from within the Apple Newsstand app on your iPad. More
Join Us in Honoring Mr. Kakehashi’s GRAMMY® Presentation During the Live Special Merit Awards Webcast
Roland’s founder, Mr. Ikutaro Kakehashi, will be honored with a Technical GRAMMY® Award along with Dave Smith, president of Sequential Circuits, for their role in developing MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) technology. The GRAMMY® will be presented during the Special Merit Awards on Saturday, February 9, from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. PST. Please join us at www.grammy.com/live for the live webcast. This award is presented to those who have made contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field and is part of the world famous ceremony celebrating the music industry. More
The V-COMBO VR-09 live performance keyboard debuted last week at Winter NAMM 2013 with great enthusiasm across social networks. Many questions were brought to the attention of Ed Diaz (our resident synth ninja), which he will address in the following weeks. In the meantime please check out this coverage of the VR-09 by Keyboard Magazine. Please note, these video recordings were taken from a live trade show environment. More
Special events for house of worship musicians, A/V techs and buyers at the 2013 NAMM Show
Thursday, Jan. 24th
The 4th Annual Night of Worship will be at the Hilton Hotel – Pacific Ballroom. This free concert will feature Brenton Brown, Peter Furler, Norm Stockton and special appearance by Al Perkins.
- Location: Hilton Hotel 777 W Convention Way, Anaheim, CA.
- Time: 7:00pm
- More Details: Night of Worship at NAMM on Facebook
Saturday, Jan. 26th
The H.O.T. Zone will feature the Christian Musician Mini-Summit with special presentations for house of worship audio techs, media directors and musicians.
- Location: Room 203 A-B
- Time: 1:00pm
- More Details: Christian Music Mini-Conference
Sunday, Jan. 27th
Worship Musician! Magazine will host the first annual Musician’s Chapel event with special music by Bob Bennett.
- Location: Hilton Hotel, Avila AB Room 777 W Convention Way, Anaheim, CA.
- Time: 8:30am
- More Details: Musician’s Chapel on Facebook
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In the early 1980s, Roland founder Ikutaro Kakehashi and Sequential Circuits founder Dave Smith had a dream—a simple interface that would allow all electronic musical instruments to communicate with each other and with computers. To make this dream a reality, these pioneers brought together an unprecedented coalition of manufacturers from the United States and Japan, and soon the Musical Instrument Digital Interface, or “MIDI,” was born. 30 years ago, the 1983 Winter NAMM Show hosted its landmark public unveiling, where Roland and Sequential Circuits demonstrated the first two MIDI-equipped synthesizers “talking” to each other via this new universal communication standard. More
Roland’s GR-55 Guitar Synthesizer, RH-A7 Headphones, and R-26 Field Recorder have all been nominated for 2012 Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Awards in the categories of Outstanding Technical Achievement for Musical Instrument Amplification & Effects Technology, Headphone/Earpiece Technology and Recording Devices respectively. TEC Award Nominees are determined through a multi-step process comprising more than 200 prominent professionals from all areas of the audio industry. Members of various professional organizations and qualified subscribers to leading pro audio publications may register online and vote for the TEC Awards using a secure online ballot during the month of November. Visit http://tecfoundation.com/tec/voting.html to learn more about how you may be eligible to vote.
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On September 24, RolandUS.com launched its newly redesigned website. In charge of this facelift is Joe Sparacio, Web Manager for Roland US. In this video Joe explains some of the technologies and exciting new features integrated into the new redesign.
According to Joe, when planning the redesign our goals were to: More