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It was way back in Spring when the phone started to ring. We wanted to get the shiny new V-Piano in front of Gary Barlow: singer, song writer, and architect of the biggest comeback since Halley’s Comet. Tough call though, what with Gary climbing mountains, hurting his back en-route then doing promo for the recently-released Take That album and rehearsals for the biggest UK tour in history, with a paltry 1.08 million people seeing the band.
The chance came when we were invited to Sunderland to show Gary the V-Piano before the first preview gig, scheduled for the night before the tour began. We dutifully set the V-Piano up in a small dressing room and Gary - along with band member Mark Owen and Gary’s protégé Gary Go - powered it up. Keys were played, bumps were goosed, glances exchanged and judgements made: Gary ordered the V-Piano to be hauled on stage, replacing his incumbent keyboard. Aiding the techs, we carried the V-Piano onto the huge stage and the sound checking began. Fast forward to the present and Gary has used the V-Piano every night on the tour and now wants one for his studio to record with – praise indeed from the songwriter’s songwriter.
02 03 2015 02:16
Now priced at just £369, the Roland Aira System 1 Plug-Out Synthesizer packs years of vintage Roland synths into one affordable unit!
04 02 2015 09:54
If you buy a Roland Jupiter-50 or Jupiter-80 synth between now and 31st April, you can claim a FREE Apple iPad Mini! Find out more...
22 01 2015 12:55
The latetst member of the Aira family doesn't make any sound of it's own. Rather it's a creative new hub for producers, DJs, musicians and anyone interested in electronic music. Seriously, it's some tasty kit.
22 01 2015 12:34
A synththesiser in more ways than one. The JD-Xi brings together Roland's tradition of analogue, digital innovation and AIra style creative features.
12 12 2014 02:01
Nothing sounds quite like an 808? Too true, but the TR-707 and TR-727 drum machines had a character all of their own. Precise analogue modelling lets you add it to your TR-8 kits.
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