Tips & Tricks
Go Beyond Sampling and Looping
Have you ever wanted just the vocal part of a song? Or, how about the opposite, where you wish you had just the backing track? DJs and remix producers go through great lengths to acquire track stems, loops, acapellas, and other bite-size sections of songs for sampling and remixing. In the old days of DJing, the only way to create a loop was to have two of the same record, which made it possible to capture and extend a portion of a song by reversing and crossfading between both pieces of vinyl. When CDJs became available, looping could happen with the push of a button. And now, with computers, DVS systems, and Loop Stations, it’s easier than ever to remix with loops. More
Mickey Hart Plays the Sounds of Outer Space
If we said that you could play the sounds of outer space with your drum set, would you believe us? We had a hard time believing it ourselves, but that’s exactly what Mickey Hart did at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival with Skrillex. Actually, Mickey plays the sounds of the universe all the time through RAMU (Random Access Musical Universe). RAMU is Mickey’s personal sound library that he’s collected over decades. It includes rare and unique percussion instruments from around the world, historical sound bites, speeches, and the sounds of planets. According to Mickey, the planetary sound vibrations are captured from radio satellites, which he then treats for “sonification” to be playable music tones in Ableton Live. Technically, RAMU could be triggered from any MIDI device, however the V-Drums make the articulation of real drumming possible.
How Long Are Your Cables?
This article is intended to clarify a topic that is often surrounded by misinformation. Our intention is to present the facts and help the reader make informed decisions about using buffered and true bypass pedals, and to achieve the best tone.
Tone matters. To guitar players, it’s that simple. Tone is the Holy Grail, the ultimate quest. But how do you get great tone? With so much guitar gear available, and with so much conflicting information out there, we’d like to clear up some of the confusion about the guitar signal path, stompbox pedals (both true-bypass and buffered), and other things that affect tone.
Practice Tips and Tools
Keyboard players from another era had a great idea: let’s get out from behind our boards and shine. Thus, the keytar was born. While some remember this instrument as a relic of the eighties, make no mistake, the keytar back, and it’s racking up cool points all over the place! And that’s not just marketing speak. The proof is in the pudding, on stages all over the world. So, let’s discuss how some of the features on Roland’s most versatile keytar, the Lucina AX-09, can help you become a keytar shredder. And then you, too, can join your front man and guitar player on stage.
CONTEST: Win a Lucina AX-09
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Pete Thorn’s Demo of the OD-1X OverDrive & DS-1X Distortion Effects Pedals
Guitar nerd Pete Thorn, delivers a detailed demo of the BOSS OD-1X Overdrive and DS-1X Distortion effects pedals. He gives a play-by-play explanation of the pedals with low-gain, single-coil sounds, high-gain sounds and humbucker. He also demonstrates how the technology in these pedals responds to his playing and what it means to the modern guitarist. More
If you’ve used some of Roland’s earlier workstations, you’re probably familiar with multiple Sound Modes. One of the first things you’ll notice when using the new FA series workstations is that there is only one – Studio Set. There is a benefit to only having one, but first let’s take a look at how some of our other workstations operate with multiple modes. More
Apply These Rules to V-Drums, Percussion Pads, & Sample Pads
Author: Roland UK Features Team
A drummer’s sound is not just down to the tone of the drum itself. By using the built-in drum effects, it’s possible to just about recreate any drum sound you like and perform it with V-Drums.
Think of your favorite drummer. Now think of a favorite track (or album) they performed on, one that you know well. When you listen back to that track, it’s different to other tracks or albums they performed on, right? Sure, the drummer’s style, groove, and playing ability all define their sound – but that’s not what we’re discussing here. Part of the drum sound on that track is down to the actual kit they used, where it was recorded, how and even when they recorded it. More
Author: Jay Gough (Roland Canada)
As a lifelong piano player, I’m pretty picky about my piano tone and feel. So, when we received our first RD-800 Stage Piano back in the middle of November 2013, I was curious how it would stack up to its great predecessor, the RD-700NX. More
Get Your Musical Ideas Down Quickly & Easily with the FA-06 & FA-08
Author: Adrian Marsi (Roland Canada)
Why Go Workstation?
It may be hard to see the need for a keyboard workstation these days, as the computer is rapidly taking over the music creation workflow. But the new FA-06 and FA-08 Music Workstations from Roland give simple reasons to their existence—they allow you to get musical ideas down quickly and easily. This is something that musicians relying on computers have struggled with for a long time. More