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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…

Producers talk Roland gear at ADE 2015

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Producers talk Roland gear at ADE 2015

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ADE is Amsterdam’s yearly gathering of the electronic tribes where the great and the good hook up, network and share their passion for electronic music and production. With well over 2000 artists performing over the course of the event and dance music luminaries lurking in every venue, where better for Roland to hook up with…

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Massive Attack in the studio with Roland AIRA

Massive Attack have been pushing the boundaries since the mid ‘80s, effortlessly fusing music with politics and controversy like no other band. They’re also masters of the collaboration, working with Portishead, Liz Fraser, Horace Andy, and Damon Albarn to name just a few. We recently got some studio time with the band as they checked…

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Download the Nick Rhodes JD-XA Synth Collection now

Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes is one of the best-known synth players on the planet and since the early 80s, Roland synths have become an integral part of the Duran Duran sound. Back in 1982, Nick used the Roland Jupiter-4 to create the arpeggio-driven intro to Rio and the rest is history, with over 100 million…

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DJ Pierre shares his love for AIRA and the new JU-06 Roland Boutique synth

Hailing from Chicago, DJ Pierre created the prototype sound of Acid House with his Roland TB-303 on Phuture’s seminal 1987 Acid Tracks EP. Originally intended as a bass accompaniment for guitarists, the ‘303 achieved hallowed status in club music circles after Pierre’s re-purposing of its sound. He explains, “We picked up this TB-303 at a…

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Nick Rhodes on the Roland synths that drive Duran Duran

Nick Rhodes knows a great synthesizer when he plays one. As co-founder of British new wave icons Duran Duran, this keys legend penned the parts that were whistled by a million milkmen and helped the band’s ’80s singles fly off the shelves. Throughout the band’s rocket-fuelled rise to stardom, some things never changed. “I’ve always…

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Modular synth mayhem; behind the scenes of Quantum Break

Petri Alanko has your dream job. As producer, composer and sound designer for the world’s best video games, he’s scored music and created the atmosphere for a diverse range of games including Alan Wake, Trials Fusion, MotoHeroz and Death Rally. In 2016, you’ll be hearing Petri’s latest work as you blast through the hotly anticipated…

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KiNK shows the power of the new Roland MX-1 Ableton Live integration

The Roland MX-1 Mix Performer can now control Ableton LIVE. The collaboration was unveiled at ADE 2015, with an exclusive performance from KiNK – one of the most tech-savvy DJs around – who was only too happy to test the new hookup. The new Live mode lets artists directly control Ableton Live from their MX-1,…

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Jori Hulkkonen: “super-excited” about Roland Boutique synths

Jori Hulkkonen has filled a thousand dancefloors. From 2001’s international super-hit Tiga’s Sunglasses At Night, to his work with Acid Symphony Orchestra, the Finnish DJ and producer is a giant of house music. In this exclusive video interview, filmed in Helsinki, he reveals the classic Roland gear behind his maverick studio sounds – and the…

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SBTRKT talks gear

SBTRKT (AKA Aaron Jerome) is undoubtedly one of the hottest producers around. DJ, remixer and studio alchemist, SBTRKT won hearts and minds with his eponymous debut album back in 2011, which led him to collaborate with Radiohead, M.I.A., Mark Ronson and Modeselektor to name just a few. Building on the huge success of his debut, last…

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Catz n Dogz in the studio

Polish born and bred but now Berlin based, Catz ‘n Dogz are, as their name might suggest, two very disparate yet very complementary (when combined) talents who have spent the past 10 years or so carving out their own distinctive groove in the hearts, ears and nightclubs of the dance fraternity. Grzegorz Demiańczuk and Wojciech…

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