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Roland reimagines the taiko drum with modern electronics

Taiko drumming has been a part of Japanese culture for centuries. It was typically relegated to stage plays until the 1950s, when a jazz musician developed an ensemble style of drumming called
An update to a 37-year-old digital protocol could profoundly change the way music sounds

An update to a 37-year-old digital protocol could profoundly change the way music sounds

MIDI 2.0 is live, and it could mean the end of the keyboard's dominance over popular music.

Behringer’s synth clone train keeps rolling with modular System 100

Regardless of your opinion of Behringer, you can't deny that the company is tireless in its efforts to bring affordable versions of classic synths to the masses. In 2019 alone it successfully launched

Roland's Zen-Core engine lets instruments share synth sounds

Roland basically abandoned pure analog synths. Instead it's been focused on improving its digital instruments and software that pay homage to the past, while embracing the future. But here's the

Roland’s Go Livecast is an iPhone live-streaming studio in a box

Roland’s Go Livecast live-streaming box adds pro audio and effects to your YouTube streams. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

Roland's Go:Livecast is a livestreaming studio for your phone

If you hear the word streamer, what do you think? An expensive gaming PC, perhaps, with a decent webcam and microphone attached to a boom stand or headset. The truth is, however, that many lifestyle
Roland's A-88MKII keyboard embraces MIDI 2.0 and USB-C

Roland's A-88MKII keyboard embraces MIDI 2.0 and USB-C

MIDI 2.0 is (hopefully) right around the corner. And Roland is trying to stay ahead of the game. The A-88MKII keyboard is the first from the company to support the new standard as it works its way

Boss’ guitar amp headphones are clever but pricey

There are very few objective truths out there that everyone can seem to agree on. But one of them is most certainly the fact that playing guitar through headphones sucks. Whether you're using a

Roland's Alexa-powered keyboard is available for $500

It took nearly an entire year, but Roland's voice-savvy GO:PIANO keyboard is now available. Spend $500 (and enable a Roland skill) and you can use Alexa to choose sounds, turn on the metronome and

Boss' SY-1000 is a synth orchestra you control with a guitar

There's more than one way to turn a guitar into a synthesizer. But Boss and Roland have always gone for the most elaborate and complicated approach. While the new SY-1000 can be played simply by

Roland MC-101 review: Beats, bass and batteries

If you think Roland's nostalgia-infused music gear is a new thing, think again. As far back as the mid-'90s (and maybe beyond), the company was cashing in on the gravitas of some of its legendary

Behringer unveils a Roland TB-303 clone

Like many other synths and drum machines, the Roland TB-303 was a commercial flop, but years later became a staple of electronic music. An authentic 303 will run you over $2,000 these days, but

Roland releases Zenbeats, a cross-platform music-making app

Roland has been making electronic musical instruments for nearly 50 years and has delivered products like the JU-06A tiny portable synth, keyboards with built-in Alexa controls and mini smartphone

The best stereo, video and game apps this week

Check out Roland's answer to iPhone 11's multiple cameras, turn mono to stereo with Haaze 2, and see the new Pixelmator Photo beta. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)
Roland's New iOS App Turns a Bunch of iPhones Into a Multi-Camera TV Studio

Roland's New iOS App Turns a Bunch of iPhones Into a Multi-Camera TV Studio

One thing that sets your home movies apart from what you see on TV and in the movies is that professionals film a scene from multiple angles to add drama and complexity to the final edit. It’s an

Roland's app can sync four iPhones to shoot multi-camera videos

Aspiring filmmakers on a shoestring budget have few options. Roland, the music company, has released a new iOS app that it says will allow users to create professional-quality video without equipment.

Roland's pioneering MC groovebox line is back

While, what we've come to call "grooveboxes" have been around for some time, it was Roland that first used the term and really pioneered these sort of all-in-one music production boxes. But, the

Roland’s JU-06A stuffs iconic '80s sounds in a tiny portable synth

There are a few instruments that really defined the sound of the 80s: The Yamaha DX7 and the gated snare chief among them. But just as important was Roland's Juno line of analog synths. They were (at
V-Moda drops Crossfade M-100 Master, co-engineered with Roland

V-Moda drops Crossfade M-100 Master, co-engineered with Roland

Following up on the success of its Crossfade M-100 headphones, V-Moda has debuted the Crossfade M-100 Master, a new model that improves on the original with better sound, better comfort, and a new,

Roland’s tiny R-07 recorder is better than your phone’s recorder app

In an era when the smartphone can do everything, why do you need a standalone audio recorder? Roland, makers of music gear, might have an answer. Their R-07 voice recorder is about as big as an