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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.
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.
05 12 2014 02:15
Musicians who are comitted to their craft ask the most of their instruement. Roland understand and so offer 10 year warranty on a range of their finest electric pianos.
12 11 2014 11:33
With the new 0% Finance available on AIRA packages, you can get some fantastic gear this Christmas, without having to worry too much about the money!
31 10 2014 03:21
Roland has just released new samples on Axial, their official tone library site. Find out the details, here...
01 10 2014 10:46
Free Sounds! More expansive and expressive ways to play Roland electronic drums this winter.
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