Roland @ Radio 1 Big Hackney Weekend 2012
Roland @ Radio 1 Big Weekend 2012
Great Artists ~ Great Gear
Now, we know that the weather was miserable, and that your fairy cakes and cartons of OJ may have been floating away in the rain (what a shame) but the lashes didn’t stop the stars from lighting up the stage this weekend in Hackney.
With some of the biggest names in the biz performing we were sure to spot some of our favourite gear on stage. It just so happens, that Roland made an appearance, or two, or three, ok let’s just say that the Roland gear hardly left the stage.
Florence + The Machine
The mesmeric musical outfit that is Florence + The Machine performed hits from numerous albums, including 'You Got The Love' and 'Dog Days Are Over'. Flo and the crew seem to be pretty big fans of Roland, playing three of their most highly acclaimed synthesizers the incredible Juno Stage, baby bro the Juno Di and the colossal Jupiter 80. That’s how you know when a band means business, they start bringing out the big guns.
Roland Jupiter 80
The Roland Jupiter 80 is the ultimate professional synthesizer/piano/keyboard, a homage to the classic Jupiter 8, with the addition of Roland’s advanced SuperNATURAL Sound Engine Technology. Featuring high-quality, versatile sound set, including 88-key stereo multi-sampled piano plus dual SRX expansion bay and so much more.
Although it may seem like a rather, run-of-the-mill sampler, the SPD-SX is anything but ordinary.
Warning: The SPD-SX is NOT just a drum machine… it’s a sample trigger too!
By adding the SPD-SX to your usual acoustic or electronic drum set up, you have the ability to incorporate audio samples into your performance and release them, like white doves to your audience, whenever you want. It features multi effects, looping functions, 9 velocity sensitive rubber pads and so much more.
It wasn’t just Mr. Howard who was utilizing the magic of the SPD-SX, oh no, plenty of other artists had this planned into their set for the big weekend.
The Def Jam princess took it home with a headline performance, inspired by ancient Egypt, featuring an incredible fireworks display plus a guest performance from Jay-Z.
Speaking from the stage, shortly before finishing, Rihanna said: "This is history in the making."
More than 100 artists had already performed across six stages over the two-day event but the We Found Love singer had saved the most eye-catching for last.
The Roland Gaia is simply a palette of tremendous sounds. Featuring a triple stacked virtual analogue engine, with three synths and 64 note polyphony, you get access almost any sound you want. Featuring three oscillators, resonant filters, LFO's, envelope generators and amplifiers, the Gaia may actually be more attractive than songstress herself. The onboard effects offer reverb, distortions, bit crush, fuzz, flanger, reverbs, delays, the list is endless. And all this can be controlled in real time adding to your already amazing live performance.
The Gaia’s huge sound, amazing ease of use and crazily affordable price, this baby is a "high-performance value synth with old school charm".
Rihanna Set List
- Only Girl in The World
- Birthday Cake
- What's My Name?
- Rude Boy
- Love the Way You Lie
- Man Down
- Where Have You Been
- The Wait Is Ova
- Please Don't Stop the Music
- Run This Town
- Talk That Talk
- We Found Love
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Roland Jupiter 80 Synthesizer
This remarkably expressive and amazing new addition to Roland's Synthesizer range is a huge hommage to the classic Jupiter 8 Synth. Roland build on this classic keyboard with the inclusion of hundreds of features and a advanced SuperNATURAL technology. The Jupiter 80 is squarely aimed at professional musicians who need a synth, piano and…
Over 1,000 Great Sounds! At the heart of this exciting new synth is a top-of-the-line voice engine that delivers world-class sounds — including grand and electric pianos, lush strings, beautiful guitars, powerful brass, percussion, plus banks of exotic instruments, modern synth sounds, and much more. The sound-bank is so diverse, it can compliment any style of music! And if…
The SPD-SX Sampling Pad has an amazing 2GB of sampling memory making this unit an industry leader in sampling for drummers and putting the power of the "Drumming Gods" under your sticks. This amount of memory gives you roughly 360 minutes of Audio at 16bit, 44.1kHz in mono. Thats over 10,000 files being stored on your SPD SX for you…
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It’s self-contained and equipped with powerful, solo-oriented sounds from Roland’s latest, greatest synths. Strap on an AX and steal the show.
All In One
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The Roland GAIA Synth has a huge palette of sounds to choose from. With its triple stacked virtual analogue engine which comprises of three synths with 64 note polyphony gives the user access to an incredible array of sounds to choose from. Add in the fact the unit has three oscillators, resonant filters, LFO's, envelope generators and amplifiers you know…
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