Monthly Archives: January 2013
Roland CONNECT Mobile App Now Available
Roland Corporation U.S. is happy to announce 18 new products and several new multi-media tools that provide immediate access to the very latest product-launch news from Roland, BOSS and Cakewalk. Roland CONNECT, Roland’s online portal for new product releases, is live several days prior to the opening of the 2013 Winter NAMM show this year, giving Roland gear aficionados an exclusive preview of Roland’s new product lineup. Amongst the new gear debuting here is BOSS’ 100th compact pedal, the TE-2 Tera Echo, featuring BOSS’ new Multi-Dimensional Processing, the V-Combo VR- 09 Live Performance Keyboard, plus several new electronic percussion, recording, and digital piano instruments.
OV Valle [Roland US] Product News D-50, GAIA, JD-800, JP-8000, JUNO-106, JUNO-6, JUPISTER-50, JUPITER-4, JUPITER-8, JUPITER-80, JX-3P, keyboards, MIDI, SH-01, SH-101, SH-201, SYSTEM-100, V-SYNTH, XP-80 6 Comments
Roland’s new JUPITER-50 was unveiled at the Frankfurt Musikmesse last year, and though it sits at the cutting-edge of new technology, it’s a synth that sits firmly in line with Roland’s synth philosophy and history.
The JUPITER-50 is a streamlined version of the flagship JUPITER-80, and both instruments fit neatly into Roland’s 40-year story of pioneering synthesizer development. As the JUPITER name suggests, these new synths are related to one of the most iconic synth lines ever created—the genre-defining JUPITER-8.
Using the most innovative analog technologies of the time, the JUPITER-8 was released in 1981 and provided musicians with a rich palette of synth textures. Its reliability and ease of use on stage made it a go-to instrument for the electro crowd of the time. Its built-in arpeggiator and deep sonic potential satisfied the synth elite and awed countless Duran Duran fans. More
There are 12 contestants from all corners of the world that will be participating in this year’s Loop Station World Championship. Here are the six remaining contestants and the performances that got them to the finals. Using a Loop Station, each finalist will compete with an original one-man song and will be critiqued by our celebrity judges as well as viewers around the world. More
In this edition of Synth Basics with Ed, Ed describes how to program a bass tone on the GAIA SH-01. This knowledge could be applied to any synthesizer regardless of make or model by using the basic synth components of oscillators, filters, and low-frequency oscillators. Aside from making a simple bass tone, Ed goes further by showing us how to fatten up the tone by layering another bass tone over it. Finally, making bass wobbles for Dubstep and Electro music couldn’t be easier. According to Ed, you don’t have to be a synth ninja to follow along.
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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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GA-112 and GA-212
Michael “Nomad” Ripoll (session, studio, and touring guitarist), Ritchie Fliegler (amp historian, author, and former Marshall and Fender product designer), and Jeff “Skunk” Baxter (Steely Dan, The Doobie Brothers) share their thoughts on Roland’s GA-212 and GA-112 digital guitar amplifiers. More
A Simple Update to Your Acoustic Drum Kit
The Source of Sound…
Contemplate for a moment, the nature of sound. No matter what you play… a guitar, a piano, a wind instrument, even tapping your desk, the sound you hear comes as a result of striking something, like a piano key, a string, or even by hitting the instrument itself (like a drum head). Sound transmits by vibration, which resonates at a given frequency, which is then picked up by your ear and interpreted as sound. Even when you speak, your vocal chords vibrate at a frequency that your ears pick up, which your brain interprets as speech and words. The surface or interface you strike becomes the ‘trigger’ – the source of the sound. More
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