Roland x Serato = DJ-808


It’s what you’d call a game-changer.

“World-class software meets world-class hardware” as DJ program Serato unties forces with hardware specialist Roland to create the DJ-808.

Amongst its features:

  • Roland TR-S drum machine
  • TR-S sequencer
  • VT voice transformer
  • RGB color pads
  • seratoroland

  • Channel FX
  • 4-channel digital mixer
  • seratoroland2

  • Serato DJ FX
  • Serato Pitch ‘n Time DJ Included
  • Visit their site for a whole ton more videos and details.

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    Best of NAMM 2016

    Best of NAMM
    Every January the music tech world descends on Anaheim, California to show off its new gear at the annual NAMM show, and while the past few years have seen companies like Korg release compact synths, and Roland and Yamaha revive classic hardware in new forms, the overriding trend at this year’s event was modular synths – and lots of them.

    Formerly a niche concern, Eurorack format modular gear has been growing in popularity with affordable, entry level systems like the AIRA System-1m being released over the past year.

    As well as all the Modular offerings, there were plenty of other unexpected announcements: Korg’s Minilogue, Arturia’s MatrixBrute and Teenage Engineering’s intriguing audio and video synth, the OP-Z to name a few.

    Probably the most talked about announcement at NAMM was the MatrixBrute from Arturia. The MatrixBrute is an all new 100% analog synthesizer, featuring a 49-key keyboard, 3 “brute” oscillators, Steiner-Parker and ladder filters, 3 envelope generators, and an outlandish modulation matrix that aims to make patch-cable systems obsolete. The matrix features 256 buttons, and allows you to route any of 16 modulation sources to any of 18 modulation destinations, as well as functioning as a sequencer and preset selector. You can watch Arturia’s new promo video below.

    Another new release that looks as though it will have big implications in the future is the new wireless MIDI adapter from Yamaha. The release date is still TBA, however it should retail for $50, making it an affordable way to clear up clutter from wires in the studio.

    Head on over to FACT Magazine for the full scoop on the best offerings from this year’s NAMM conference!

    Interested in Synthesizers? We have a Synthesis program that allows you to work hands-on with professional hardware! If you have any questions, make sure to send me an email!

    Roland Launches Its First Music Game App

    TRRECHere’s something has been a long-time coming:

    Roland is pleased to announce the launch of the TR-REC GAME on Apple’s App Store and Google Play. TR-REC GAME is a rhythm entry game app for smartphones and tablets that incorporates the rhythm programming schemes used in Roland’s TR-808 and TR-8 rhythm machines.

    Players can enjoy programming authentic dance music in a fun game setting. TR-REC GAME features 16 original dance music pieces, and 48 stages in all. Players receive points for tapping in the rhythmic elements correctly, and receive bonus points for completing a pattern.

    To download the TR-REC GAME, click here.

    Want to get your hands on a real Roland? That’s sort of the final boss of our Master Program, which ends with a course in live music synthesis. More info on that can be found here. Payment plans available!

    AIRA House – Roland Meet Up [8/14] #FREE


    Join us on Friday, August 14th for a free workshop/meet-up! Learn about the history iconic Roland products (like the TR-808, TR-909, TB-303, SH-101, PROMARS etc) and how in the hands of artists, they played a role in shaping today’s music genres.

    This event is designed for musicians and music aficionados to be able to learn about both the history and technology of this powerful array of instruments.

    RSVP here.
    With roots in the very origins of electronic music, AIRA is a new series of products designed to meet the evolving needs of today’s electronic musicians. In the studio or on the stage, AIRA brings genre-defining sounds and modern performance features to a new generation. While computers dominate so many music production activities today, artists still seek inspiration through the sonic character and responsive feel of traditional analog hardware.

    AIRA products emphasize the spontaneous creativity and hands-on performance inspired by these vintage electronic instruments, while integrating neatly into today’s computer-based production environments.

    Promo for Roland's AIRA House free workshop
    Sarah and Polina decided to have some fun with promo for this one

    You can easily RSVP via Eventbrite right here:

    Learn to DJ in our lab and in just two months you’ll be the life of the party. Email Sarah today or simply schedule a tour over here.