instruments
CES 2019: You Can Ask Alexa to Change Sounds on Roland’s New Keyboard While Your Hands Keep Playing

Voice assistants like Amazon’s Alexa have been baked into a lot of questionable gadgets that don’t really need to be controlled through voice commands. But one device where hands-free operation makes a bit more sense is a digital piano where a user’s hands are preoccupied making music, so Roland’s adding Alexa to its new Go:Piano, letting performers change sounds and settings by just asking the virtual assistant to. Read More >>

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The Most Famous Drum Machine Ever Made Gets its Own Documentary

If you're a fan of hip-hop or electronic music, you've heard that thunderous signature beat of the Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer. Heck, if you're a fan of music in general you've probably heard it, because the 808 is the most famous drum machine ever made. And now, it's got its own documentary. Read More >>

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Legendary TR-808 Drum Machine is Getting a Reboot

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 teaser for a new product called the Aira TR-08, which they are positioning as a modern version of the 808. Read More >>

design
Look At This Wicked Technics-Inspired Motorcycle

In case you haven't picked up on it by now: Anything goes at CES. But at least this collaboration between Technics and custom bike builder Roland Sands is easy on the eyes and ears. Inspired by the Technics DH1-1200 and SL-1200MK2 turntables, Sands reworked a Harley Davidson Iron 883 and I'd say he nailed it. I don't like Harleys at all but I am a fan of Sands, so I'd be down with this ride. And if you're wondering who that Billy Ray Cyrus-lookalike in the video is, it's Andy Bell of Nitro Circus fame. [Roland Sands] Read More >>