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Traktor 2 Launch: Qbert’s Breakfast of Champions

As excitement continues to grow in the build-up to the Launch of Traktor 2, it’s creators Native instruments have released a new video featuring a trio of DMC legends putting the new software and hardware through it’s paces SIMULTANEOUSLY! Check out the video to see what happened when 3 of the worlds very best went head to head with the next generation of digital DJ gear.

VOX: The Sound of British Invasion

The legendary British Vox tone has created some of the most memorable recordings of all time. It all started back in 1957, when VOX kicked off its line of guitar amplifiers. In our first part of VOX week here at Dolphin Music, see how the AC15 and AC30 became to define the British sound invasion….

Everything Everything to judge Shure’s Songwriting Award

Everything Everything to judge Shure’s Songwriting Award

Together with the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, Shure’s 2011 Songwriting competition, previously judged by the likes of Amy McDonald, KT Tunstall and Paloma Faith, will be this year judged by Everything Everything. Fancy entering yourself? The prize is a fantastic one-year Professional Diploma in Songwriting course at the Institute worth over £5,000! Read more for details…

Tinie Tempah Wins 2 Brits with the help of Roland

He didn’t win two Brit awards last night for nothing you know! Kola Bello, Tinie Tempah’s keyboard/synth player, Kola Bello is a self-confessed keyboard, synth and music addict plus a huge fan of Roland gear. Why? The UK grime scene is a hotbed of talent and you need to be tooled up to stay on top of your game. Roland TV caught up with him not so long ago so he can tell you all why he loves them and how he helps make Tinie Tempah such a big success. He talks through the Juno GI which aids him programme mainstream sounds with features such as pro-edit, live-edit and Phantom Power, and if you’ve wondered what the Portamento feature is in many Roland keyboards, you’ll definitely want to tune in.

BT Interview, Stutter Edit & iZotope

Stutter Edit is a unique playable effect designed by BT and developed by iZotope. Create entire tracks from just a short loop, or generate incredible live remixes just by using your MIDI keyboard and a host like Ableton Live. Stutter Edit is perfect for both the stage and studio.

Mumford and Sons & V-Piano

2010 was a huge success for folk-quartet Mumford and Sons. Their debut album went platinmum five times over and the follow up is the most anticipated second record since the Arctic Monkeys. The band’s Ben Lovett tells Roland why he loves the V-Piano and why it’s perfect live and in the studio.

Focusrite ISA Range

Sound engineer Adrian Bushby has worked with Foo Fighters and Muse, among countless others, picking up numerous accolades along the way, including a GRAMMY for engineering the Foo Fighters’ ‘Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace’ in 2007. Here, he speaks to Focusrite TV about how he works and how Focusrite’s ISA range has helped him to make the mix.

#RIP Guitar Hero? You can be a real guitarist with Fender and Rock Band 3

We’ve noticed that trending on Twitter this afternoon is a strange #RIP Guitar Hero. We believe that Activision has disbanded their Guitar Hero business unit after their Twitter announcement earlier on. This means no Guitar Hero to be released in 2011, which is sad in some ways, but with Rock Band 3, you can use Fender’s iconic Stratocaster electric guitar as it doubles as a functional Rock Band 3 controller. We saw it in LA at Winter NAMM for ourselves and were blew away with the progression from Air Guitar Hero to a becoming a Real Guitar Hero in Rockband 3. See how you can play like a rockstar in this video.