Last night I had the fortunate pleasure to be invited to see The Guillemots play an intimate gig in Manchester’s Hard Rock Cafe. With the release of the first of four studio albums this year – Hello Land – that’s correct, you heard right, FOUR ALBUMS, one can only assume they are one of the busiest bands on the scene right now.
In the run up to Liverpool Sound City Festival (Thursday 17th May - Saturday 19th May), we’ll be bringing you our 5 “Ones to Watch” out of the 360 band line-up. First up are the Temper Trap and their full gear guide, plus a sneaky Behind the Scenes of their second album. Dolphin Music will also be taking place in Sound City’s first ever Expo, where you’ll find The Music Hub, DJ Hub, Digital Hub and Stage - your favourite manufacturers, companies, and products bringing you the latest tech tools and gadgets, everything you need to create, record and perform, and the best new innovations in creative and digital technology.
Three Trapped Tigers call themselves a noise-trio. Based in London and formed in 2007, they’ve just released their second album which has received great reviews from the likes of Q Magazine, Drowned in Sound and bagged them some BBC 6 Music airplay. We find out their influences, the gear that makes their music, plus upcoming tour dates.
With the Roland Micro Cube Combo, what you get is a genuine Roland Cube Combo Amp for a fraction of the price of its big brothers. There is also no compromise on build quality at all with this ultra compact guitar combo.
Last week at Europe’s largest trade show for the MI world, MusikMesse, we were very happily introduced to the Jupiter-80 synthesizer - the latest addition to Roland’s line-up of ultimate synthesizers. Roland’s synths go back to 1981, when Roland created the JUPITER-8 with the goal of creating the most expressive synthesizer possible. Equipped with the leading technology of its day, the legendary Jupiter synth’s unique character and rich sound has remained iconic in the popular musical landscape ever since. Get a first look at the Jupiter 80 synth with Howard Jones inside….
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.
Being the ‘Machine’ in Florence + the Machine, means you need the right kit. Isabella Summers invited Roland to her studio in South London, explaining how she wrote the band’s award-winning record on her best mate, the JUNO-Di synth.
The Roland GR-55 is a revolution in guitar synthesis, with features never before available in any guitar processor. In terms of speed, it’s the fastest ever. It’s also the most accurate, thanks to newly developed pitch-detection technology. As for sound, the triple-core generator houses a world-class array of virtual guitars, basses, amps, and synth voices, enabling tones and textures that have never been heard before. Check out the the demo video and Alex Hutchings testing the synthesizer out himself!
We’re giving you too many reasons to splash out in our winter sale. With up to 60% off your favourite musical equipment you can buy all your music related Christmas presents a present. Sound better for less! So, you can now tick that guitar you asked for off your Christmas list but here’s some perfect accessories that you might be missing, and some amazing discounts you shouldn’t be missing out on! Check out our best guitar gear offers….
The first official iPhone app from Boss is here. The ‘Boss Pedal Sketch’ is the ultimate tool for remembering all your settings for Boss compact pedals. From the historic list of Boss compacts, add all of the pedals you own to your collection and then change the settings. From here, you can take pictures of your set-up and record your sounds so that no matter where you are you remember your Boss tones.
This week we’ve unravelled the history of Roland Synths and talked you through, step by step, the brand new GAIA Synth from Roland themselves. In the final Roland Episode check out how to recreate the analogue sounds of its predecessor and how it’s going to follow the footsteps of all Roland Synthesizers to become the next legendary synth…look inside sounds and see how they work.
Musical genres come and go, but Roland synths crop up time and time again in the history of electronic music. For all you synth geeks out there, Roland has produced the Synthesizer Chronicles, a poster covering the entire line-up of Roland Synthesizers, from the SH-1000 in 1973 to the current GAIA SH-01. So if you’re wondering which was the first synth to have a pitch bend lever, or you can’t tell your Jupiters from your Junos, then jump in and take a trip down memory lane…
Guitarists have only dreamed about it until now: BOSS guitar effects and Roland’s breakthrough COSM modelling built right into powerful hardware and recording software. That’s the V-Studio 20. Matching the simplicity of a portble, hardare recording system with the power, flexibility, and control of modern PC-based recording. Whether you’re at home or on the road, you can easily connect your guitar or mic to the VS-20 hardware and dial up genuine BOSS sounds. Check out Roland’s 5 easy steps to recording guitar and vocals, the e-book and 7 tutorial videos here….!
As one of the most popular DAWs in the market for almost a decade, Cakewalk have now launched a brand new update to SONAR. Sonar X1 Essential, X1 Producer and X1 Studio are expected to be in stock just in time for Christmas! Prices are yet TBC…but we have a sneaky feeling it will be lower than you’d expect from such a cutting edge DAW. We’ve a preview video of the SONAR X1 right here…
Until now, digital pianos have focused on re-creating the sound of the instrument. Roland SuperNATURAL technology goes beyond that and re-creates the behaviour and characteristics of how the instrument plays. Supernatural makes playing a digital piano feel organic and dynamic. For the first time, the technology is all about the player.
With its massive sound, hands-on ease and affordable price, the Gaia SH-01 is a high-performance value synth with old school charm. The triple stacked engine puts potent virtual analogue synthesis at your fingertips, yet the control panel is fun, friendly and inviting, so even first timers can create great sounds. This little powerhouse is a joy for music students, songwriters, session plaers and live performers of all styles and ability levels. See exactly why the Roland Gaia SH-01 won the Future Music Platinmum Award with Future Music’s very own review…plus videos of the Gaia!
The brand new electronic drum and percussion tool from Roland gets a very good review from Future Music’s Chris Barker…
Roland’s original Octapad profoundly changed the landscape of electronic percussion. The size of a briefcase, the Octapad offered drummers and percussionists the equivalent of an entire electronic rig in one self-contained unit - a new level of convenience and expression.
Today, decades later, an exciting new chapter in the Octapad history begins. The Roland SPD-30 blends the world’s most essntial sounds with the latest triggering technology in a road-tough package that’s ready for the most demanding performers.
See what Future Music think of Roland’s Octapad SPD-30, its thumbs up and thumbs down - and exactly what this amazing innovative electronic drum and percussion tool can offer all you drummer and percussionists…
Roland joins the 80s revival and revamps the shoulder-synthesizer.
With so many bands now looking back to the 80s for inspiration, Roland have developed the Lucina AX-09 which is poised to capture the hearts of glory-loving keyboard players everywhere.
It’s very different to those 80s shoulder-synths however, it has a 37-note keyboard, weighs only 4kg and can be powered by batteries for hours on end of portable playing….