Roland’s TR-8S drum machine is ready to tackle the stage

If you know the history of drum machines, the first thing you want to do with the TR-8S, is load up the 808 kick drum. It's a deep, satisfying boom that's been an important part of everything from hip-hop to rock. But after you get done having fun wi…

Roland announces software versions of its 808 and 909 drum machines

The Roland TR-808 and TR-909 are iconic drum machines that powered a ton of the music from the '80s and '90s. While both hardware units were recently revived as the TR-08 and TR-09, they haven't been officially emulated in software yet. That changes…

Pharrell Williams will co-own Roli’s modular instrument business

There's no question that Pharrell Williams has had at least some fondness for technology (his Daft Punk collabs and gold-tinged smartphones were big clues), but now he's taking that appreciation to Will.I.Am levels. Roli has revealed that Pharrell is…

Roland reissues classic D-50 synth for its ‘Boutique’ line

Roland has been reissuing classic synths for a while now with its "Boutique" line based on earlier Roland keyboards like the Jupiter 8, Juno 106 and JX-3P. The company has also re-imagined the retro-tastic TR-808 and TR-909 drum machines for classic…

Roland’s revival of the iconic TR-808 makes classic sounds portable

If we know anything about Roland, it's that the company loves to debut new gear on the corresponding date. Today is August 8th, or as the company calls it "808 Day," so naturally it's time for a new piece of kit. As you might've already guessed, ther…

Roland founder and music legend Ikutaro Kakehashi dies

It's a tragic time for both music and technology. Ikutaro Kakehashi, best known as the founder of Roland Corporation, has died at 87. The engineer turned corporate leader got his start making electronic drums and rhythm pattern generators, but it was…

Roland helps YouTubers get their audio right with Go:Mixer

file-jan-04-22-17-04 Your cell phone has an awesome camera on it, but if you’re doing streaming or YouTubing, you’re going to need to look elsewhere to make your audio mix come together. Musicians and podcast heroes rejoice: At $99, Roland’s Go:Mixer might just prove to be the silver bullet to make magic happen. Read More

12 gifts for music nerds

Nerds come in many forms. Some build stuff, some like video games, and others sweat the tiny details of audio fidelity or salivate over vintage drum machines. That latter group can be difficult to shop for if you're not initiated in the ways of the m…