Roland Boutique Series Review: Retro Synth Sound for Modern Day Dial Turners

With software these days you can recreate almost any sound you want. The hulking equipment that used to produce electronic music is long gone. And yet, people have a desire to touch buttons and turn knobs. The Roland Boutique Series is a middle-ground between the digital age of music making and the classic synths of… »11/12/15 11:04am11/12/15 11:04am


Roland Aira: The Future of Drums, Beats, and Crazy Electronic Sounds

For a month, Roland has been teasing its mysterious "Aira" products with a series of videos that invoke the TR-808 and TR-909 Rhythm Composers, classic beat machines that are amongst the best-sounding hardware, even 30 years after they first hit the market. But it turns out the new Aira series is hardly a throwback.… »2/14/14 3:00am2/14/14 3:00am

The TR-808 Drum Machine Is Getting a Reboot and I Might Freak Out

The Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer is the most famous drum machine ever made. It remains a staple of modern production despite being more than 30 years old. Roland just posted a video teasing for a new product called the Aira TR-08, which it's positioning as a modern version of the 808. I have no idea what that means,… »1/15/14 4:37pm1/15/14 4:37pm

Roland TB-303 Sushi Platter: If You Think Our Beats Are Fresh, Try the Maki

This image of a mouth-watering sushi platter pain-stakingly assembled to look like a Roland TB-303 synth popped up on the Ableton Live School's Facebook page. There's no word on why it was created, but what's certain is that it's easily as impressive a creation as anything the school's students have ever composed. »1/14/13 6:40pm1/14/13 6:40pm

Coldplay Flogging off Old, Unwanted Studio Equipment, but Gwyneth Stays

Coldplay, purveyors of middle-class mundanity to the eardrums of the worthy*, are having a garage sale at their studio. So, anyone who wants to pick up a gadget with Korg, Roland, Linn, Pearl, Hafler or Yamaha written on it, and which emanates a musical version of "Pew Pew," then head off to eBay, 'cause that's where… »2/26/08 9:27am2/26/08 9:27am