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10 ways guaranteed to quickly improve your music production

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10 ways guaranteed to quickly improve your music production

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Getting more from your music production setup doesn't have to be headache-inducing or break the bank; Today, home recording equipment is both affordable and compact, but there’s more to making a good recording than simply hitting the big red button and then playing. We’ve put together a few tips to help you get the best out of your music production setup, regardless of whether you are using DAW recording software, an integrated hardware recorder/mixer or even an old tape machine. It goes without saying that good music production starts with a good performance of a well-arranged song, but even a…

Deep Purple’s Ian Paice on the “genius” of Roland V-Drums

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Deep Purple’s Ian Paice on the “genius” of Roland V-Drums

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Ian Paice remembers the bad old days of digital drums. A time when the latency of lesser kits killed the groove. An age when dodgy triggering made audiences wince. But that was before the Deep Purple drum god pulled up a stool at the Roland TD-30KV. “I came across Roland’s V-Drums,” he explains in this…

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Craig Blundell on the exciting challenge of drumming for Steven Wilson

As a battle-tested session warrior, Craig Blundell doesn’t do nerves. Even so, the long-standing Roland artist will admit that slipping onto the drum stool for Steven Wilson was not a gig for the faint-hearted. In this exclusive video interview, filmed during soundcheck at the British prog giant’s Royal Albert Hall shows in September, Craig reveals…

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Kelis’ band talk gear with Roland

Last year, Kelis’s triumphant Food Tour ate the planet. All eyes might have been on the New York warrior-princess as she performed lip-smacking hits from 2003’s breakout Milkshake to 2014’s Jerk Ribs, but the setlist each night was driven by her crack seven-piece live band. “Kelis is really cool to work with,” explains musical director…

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Thomas Lang and Roland European Tour

Winter. It’s the time of the year that heading out of the door is least fun. But that’s good for us drummers – the winter months are the perfect excuse to stay in; get your chops in order, nail those grooves, find your inner swing and emerge ready to take the spring/summer gig circuit by…

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The 1975 – Roland Hybrid Drums with George Daniel

  Don’t be fooled by that nostalgic band name. The 1975’s time is now. Since tearing out of the Manchester toilet circuit in 2012 with a volley of buzz EPs, schoolmates Matt Healy, Ross MacDonald, Adam Hann and George Daniel have enjoyed pinch-me moments at every turn. Hearing first single The City on Radio 1….

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Heaven Shall Burn – Christian Bass Interview

What is your history with Roland? It all started this summer, so I am quite a new member of the Roland family, but I have used Roland products in my set-up for a pretty long time. Everything started with the RT-10K bass drum triggers, they are really robust so eventually they replaced all the triggers…

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Jason Bowld – MIDI Triggering with V-Drums

  Roland artist and metal-drumming powerhouse Jason Bowld has played V-Drums for a long time – it’s fair to say he knows them inside out. He’s using the Roland TD-30K V-Drums in some pretty inventive ways too. Jason explains how he’s MIDI triggering with V-Drums and playing samples of his acoustic drums, using the TD-30K….

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Exclusive interview with session drummer Joe Clegg

  RJ: Hey Joe, Huge thanks for finding time to sit down with me and the Roland Blog readers. I’ve just got through reading your recent feature in Rhythm and your story is truly one to take note of for any aspiring musician. Proof that hard work and dedication pays off. If we can sum…

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Roland talk exclusively with David Bowie producer, Tony Visconti

  As David Bowie’s producer since before the Space Oddity album – and sonic architect for everyone from Marc Bolan to Morrissey – Tony Visconti has the world’s ultimate desk job. In this exclusive interview, he talked Bowie, Berlin, the brutal modern industry – and why he won’t be seeing U2 again in a hurry……

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Gear walkthrough with electronic dance music act, Disclosure

  As a ten-year-old drummer, Guy Lawrence’s first Roland purchase was a modest double-bass pedal. A decade down the line, as this exclusive gear walkthrough video reveals, the Disclosure man is armed to the teeth with Roland gear to make the show go off. Onstage, it’s the Roland Juno that supplies the sub throb of Boiling,…

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