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.
The Bury lads’ eagerly awaited album, ‘Build A Rocket Boys’ has seen great sucess already in the UK, still standing at number 5 in the iTunes album charts a week after its release. Following their resounding success of ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’ which finally rewarded Elblow the mainstream succes they’ve always deserved, Elbow kick off their UK tour this month, and we’re sure you’d like to know what’s included in their stage setup.
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.
Paul Carrack was pop music’s ultimate journeyman. A vocalist and keyboardist who enjoyed considerable success over the course of his lengthy career while playing in bands such as Ace, Squeeze and Mike & The Mechanics. You can now catch him selling our solo tours accross the UK - check out the exclusive video from Yamaha when they were lucky enough to sit down and chat with him about his love of their CP1 stage piano and his musical career.
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.
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.
UltraNova is a ‘Nova’ series analogue-modeling synthesizer with a powerful effects processor. It is a single-part synth taking the legendary Supernova II synth engine as a starting point and packing it with the latest technology including wavetable synthesis, a software editor and a revolutionary new touch-sense performance mode. See for yourself the sounds the UltraNova can make and how to do so with these videos…
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!
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….
For the plug-and-play musician, M-Audio holds the Key…
It has been created especially for the plug-and-play musician.
For most experienced producers, their choice of which controller keyboard and virtual instrument is not a problem, but for the novice it can be an absolute nightmare…and here’s where the KeyRig 49 comes in: you will find a 49-note MIDI Controller Keyboard that connects to a PC or a Mac via a USB port, and can be used to control any virtual instrument or DAW…