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Musician of the Month – Justin D. Charney

  Justin D. Charney is 12-year-old drummer from Kelowna, BC, who picked up his first set of drumsticks only 21 months ago ...

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AIRA’s ACB Unwrapped – The next generation of Virtual Analog Modeling

The extreme quality and authenticity of Roland’s AIRA Series are achieved by a Roland-developed technology called ‘Analog Circuit ...

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Musician of the Month – Laura Beach

Twin Voices is an indie electro-folk project with roots in the Ottawa Valley and wings in Saskatoon and Montreal. Laura Beach ...

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Justifying the Keyboard Workstation

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-Series Workstations from Roland (FA-06 and FA-08) give a simple reason to their existence: they allow you to get musical ideas ...

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Musician of the Month – Neil Chapman

In the words of Neil Chapman:  “Rock Hard Or Don’t Rock At All!!”. Neil Chapman is one of North America’s most inspiring guitarists. As well as being a first call session player, having recorded with the likes of Dan Hill, Rita McNeil, Rough Trade, The Sattallites, Heat Exchange, Zombo ...

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AIRA – The First 24 Hours With the TR-8, TB-3 and VT-3.

I’m one of the lucky few who has had the privilege of receiving the Roland AIRA instruments (VT-3 Vocal Transformer, TB-3 Touch Bassline, and TR-8 Rhythm Performer) before the official launch day.  I must say, the last 24 hours have rekindled a feeling I haven’t had in a long while.  The ...

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Create Your Own Piano Tone

As a life long piano player, I'm pretty picky about my piano feel and sound. So when we received our first RD-800 Stage Piano back in the middle of November, I was curious how it would stack up to its predecessor, the RD-700NX. Appearance and Construction When I first took the RD-800 out of the box, ...

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The Music of Klaatu

In part one I introduced you to Klaatu and the bizarre “are they the Beatles?” rumour that surrounded their first few album releases in the late seventies. I also included some cool behind-the-scenes info on the various Roland products they have used throughout their career. But for the band who ...

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Who is Klaatu?

When Terry Brown (producer of RUSH, Max Webster, Ian Thomas) let three young musicians loose in his studio during off hours, it was the starting point of one of music history's most unique and interesting adventures.  Follow along as Roland Canada’s Jason Dionne digs up the past, lets you in on some ...

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Updates for the Roland FP Series Pianos Now Available!

As of December 9th, 2013, there is a user installable firmware update available for the class leading Roland FP Series pianos. Version 1.10 adds 3 major user requested functions to both the FP-50 and FP-80 Pianos. The new functions include: A great organ sound requires control over the Rotary ...