What makes BOSS guitar stompboxes the world’s best-selling effects pedals?
When the original BOSS overdrive stompbox, the OD-1, was first released way back in 1977, it looked very different from any other stompbox of the day. Where others were simple squared-off aluminum boxes crudely screwed together, the OD-1 was a smooth cast-metal body. It had no little button to step on to turn it on or off like the others. Most of the OD-1’s surface was the stompbox for the switch. Instead of the commonly used simple click switch that always caused an audio line POP when pressed, the OD-1 had a silent electronic switch under the pedal that never made a sound. More
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Test Drive These BOSS Pedals at the Austin StompBox Exhibit
Going to SXSW? Our new pedals are, too! Join BOSS at SXSW this year during the the first edition of The Austin StompBox Exhibit hosted by The Deli and Delicious Audio. This free, interactive, in-the-headphones display of guitar effects pedals will take place Friday and Saturday, March 15 and 16, at the Austin Clayworks Gallery on 1209 E 6th St. BOSS is showcasing the brand new line of Multi-Dimensional Processing pedals alongside some of the tried and true BOSS classics. Curious to see what a stompbox exhibit looks like? Here’s a picture of the 2012 StompBox Exhibit in Brooklyn, NY. Don’t forget to bring your guitar so you can test them out in person! Here’s a preview of the BOSS pedals on exhibit. More
We’ve Got a Kit Just for You
With the ever increasing popularity of electronic drums, and the seemingly endless variety of choices in the market, choosing the correct kit for not only your budget but for your needs can be daunting. Roland offers a complete family of V-Drums kits from beginning sets to full professional models to simplify your decision-making process. Lets have a look at the current V-Drums line-up. More
Considering playing drums or adding an acoustic drum set to your household, lesson room, or house of worship? Take a look at the unique benefits provided by electronic drums and percussion, especially Roland V-Drums. More
Watch Roland Australia’s Joshua Munday take you through an entire set list of songs live on stage. Using the GT-100 Amp Effects Processor, Joshua is able to get the perfect tone for each of the songs with one easy tap of the foot. No need to bring an entire collection of guitar pedals, cables and power adapters to the gig, just plug-in to the GT-100 and play! More
Review by Michael Hodge
A few years ago, Roland and Fender got together and offered a Stratocaster with a built in Roland GK Divided Pickup system. I have one and love it for programming since I am better on guitar than keys. You can also double stuff via MIDI and make cool layers behind chords and solos, adding synth tones to what is coming out of the amp.
Roland and Fender have teamed up again, and the result is really cool!
The G-5 VG Strat is to guitar synthology what the iPod was to mp3 players. It is streamlined and does just a limited number of things exceptionally. The G-5 comes in two models. One is black with a maple neck, and the other is sunburst with a rosewood fingerboard. Both models have alder bodies, Fender vintage ceramic pickups, a 22-fret neck with medium jumbo frets and American inline tuners. There is also a built in Roland GK-3 divided pickup and a synchronized tremolo bridge. Focusing on just the guitar tones, the G-5 is powered by Roland’s Composite Object Sound Modeling (COSM) engine from the VG-99.
What is unique to this guitar is that you just…
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The V-Combo VR-09 is an easy-to-transport rig for performing keyboard players, with dedicated piano, organ, and synth engines. It’s built around a single idea: playing live. Because you don’t need any distractions onstage, the V-Combo VR-09 is all about getting the exact sounds you need as quickly and simply as possible, with a well-organized panel layout and a ton of intuitive real-time controls. It also features USB song playback, onboard rhythms, battery-powered operation for mobile playing, and much more. More
Compact and easy to use, the SD-2u and CD-2u are your go-everywhere companions for recording, music practice, and education. Both devices offer built-in stereo mics and high-quality recording to SD media, while the CD-2u adds an onboard CD drive for burning and playing audio CDs. Other features include integrated stereo speakers, inputs for external mics and other devices, and a host of great functions for practice and learning, including high-fidelity key/tempo change, Center Cancel, the new Center Focus, and others. More
Combining Roland’s top piano technologies in one attractive instrument for the home, the new HPi-50 brings the joy of playing and learning the piano to your entire family. SuperNATURAL® Piano technology and the Acoustic Projection audio system fill your living space with gorgeous sound, while the latest DigiScore® interactive education features make learning and practicing fun for all ages. More