September 8, 2014
Roland has been pretty busy this year with the release of their AIRA line, new guitar pedals from BOSS (their sister company), and new portable electronic drum kits like the TD-1K. While all of these new products are certainly exciting and generating a lot of buzz, there is one offering from Roland that could see a lot of use on stages and in studios. The Roland SBX-1 is a synchronization box that allows you to connect your digital and analog gear all together to a master clock.
This has obvious benefits for the AIRA line of products, but this is also a great little box for anyone looking to get all of their synthesizers, drum machines, and even modular systems all synched to a master clock. So essentially you can use the SBX-1 as the master clock, or as a central MIDI hub and use any one of your …
August 29, 2013
While Angela Sheik provided us with a great overview of the BOSS RC-505 tabletop looping station, we wanted to see it in action. In the video above Angela demos the RC-505 with her signature style, but also gives some insight into how she became a looping artist, what looping has done for her compositions and performances, as well as other loop artists that inspire her. If you are a loop artist or interested in becoming one, Angela has some great tips on what something like the BOSS RC-505 can do for you.
Angela was quick to prove why she was the 2011-2012 BOSS Looping Champion. She is quick to turn vocal beatboxes, hummed bass lines, and vocal melodies into performance pieces that lend themselves to fully formed compositions very easily. With influences like Imogen Heap and Massive Attack, it’s interesting to see and hear how Angela’s live looping has …
August 21, 2013
The BOSS RC-505 is a tabletop loop station for songwriters and performers. While traditionally loop stations have been used by instrumentalists and vocalists, more and more electronic music artists from DJs to electronic based rock are utilizing live looping within their performances. It’s a great tool for adding some elements into an otherwise straightforward, if not sometimes, stale performance.
In the hunt to show off what this tabletop loop station can do, we couldn’t think of a better person than Angela Sheik to come and demo all the features on the BOSS RC-505. A loop artist and 2011′s BOSS Loop Champion, Angela has a unique sound that utilizes her voice and multiple instruments to create a sound that is literally all her own. From beat-boxing rhythms to swelling vocal sounds Angela not only creates a unique sound, but utilizes all of the features within the BOSS RC-505 to their fullest …
April 8, 2013
The last video in our series of Roland electronic drum videos has Trevor Root showing off the Roland SPD-30 Octapad and the Roland BT-1 Bar Trigger. The SPD-30 Octapad is similar but also very different when compared to the Roland SPD-SX. The looping features are similar but you get a lot more sounds inside the Octapad. The main difference between the two are that the SPD-SX is meant for loading in your own sounds, while the SPD-30 Octapad is loaded with tons of its own percussion and FX sounds. The BT-1 Bar Trigger pad is a simple trigger for either expanding your existing electronic drum or drum pad setup. It can also function as a simple solution for adding electronic elements to your existing drum kit. Here is our review of both the Roland SPD-30 Octapad and the Roland BT-1 Bar Trigger Pad.
Roland SPD-30 Octapad
Things We Liked
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April 2, 2013
Its been close to a decade since we last saw a sampling pad from Roland with the SPD-S. The latest version in this sampling pad line, the Roland SPD-SX, is the combination of features from Roland’s own engineers as well as those requested by the public in terms of what they wanted to see on a sampling pad. Sampling pads are nothing new in the world of digital based percussion but with new crops of rock bands and electronic music makers using them in live scenarios, more and more drummers are starting to utilize the expansive technology within pad triggered sampling devices. For drummers looking to expand their pallet, this is a great tool which you can completely customize so you can leave the laptop at home.
So maybe you’re a DJ looking to add more dynamics to your live set, or maybe you’re a drummer who wants to …