We just received a really cool update from Michael Schack who’s currently on tour with Netsky (Boris Daenen). Micheal is responsible for keeping pace with the frantic drum and bass BPM that Netsky is known for. In our iPad user’s group magazine we asked Michael how fast he has to drum to which he answered, “The average tempo is like 175 beats per minute, but after an hour it feels more like 198!” More
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Graphic Designer Rob Ricketts has created a series of posters which teach you how to program a TR-808 drum groove for a well known song. Rob describes the posters like this, “A series of informative posters detailing how some of the most notable drum sequences were programmed using the Roland TR-808 Drum Machine. Each sequence has been analyzed and represented as to allow users to re-program each sequence, key for key.” More
With its small footprint and innovative folding design, the TD-4KP V-Drums Portable is the ultimate e-kit for mobile drumming and small spaces.
V-Guitar technology in a Twin Pedal with bold, high-clarity distortion and synth tones only possible with GK processing.
V-Guitar technology in a Twin Pedal with super-spacious tones and multi-string emulation only possible with GK processing.
Portable, self-contained backing keyboard with built-in sound system, high-quality sounds, rhythms, and Music Assistants.
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The results are in but if you were following the conversation on Twitter (#vdrumscontest) you probably already know that this year’s V-Drums U.S. National Champion is Pat Kennedy from Manor, TX. The Runner-up is Phillip “PJ” Hill from Milwaukee, WI. Patrick will represent the U.S. at the V-Drums World Championship 2 contest in Frankfurt, Germany in April, 2013. You can still check out their entry videos and bios here. More
Roland has been making interfaces for music on computers since 1984 with the original MPU-401. The near 30 years of experience and understanding the importance of keeping pace with technology is clearly demonstrated with the release of Windows 8 drivers on October 26th, which is the same day Windows 8 began shipping.
To ensure delivery on the Windows 8 release, Roland’s engineering team has been building and testing the new drivers alongside the Windows 8 beta releases.
If you own any of the products below and have Windows 8 please download the drivers using the links below.
All CAPTURE series interfaces including the OCTA-CAPTURE USB Audio Interface and QUAD-CAPTURE USB Audio Interface have Windows 8 drivers available in both 32- and 64-bit formats.
Here is a full list of Roland products that already have Windows 8 driver support: www.RolandUS.com/Win8
We hope you enjoy Windows 8 and the new drivers!
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As we head into this year’s V-Drums World Championship U.S. Finals it’s worth mentioning that every finalist has to incorporate the use of either an SPD-SX or an OCTAPAD® SPD-30 into their sets. Upon winning their semi-final competition, each contestant had a choice between these two units as their winning prize with the caveat of having to integrate it as part of their finals performance. Both units have tons of features that appeal to their legions of users.
Here are a few videos by Michael Schack demonstrating the SPD-SX and the SPD-30, Michael is Netsky’s touring drummer and also a Roland product specialist, demonstrator, and overall drum enthusiast. More
The Roland V-Drums World Championship U.S. Finals is only two days away. Meet this year’s finalists and watch the videos that got them here. Tell us what you think about their drumming chops and share with us your contest predictions. Think you can do better? We encourage you to start working on your video for next year’s contest.
Join the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #vdrumscontest.
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.