In the early 1980s, Roland founder Ikutaro Kakehashi and Sequential Circuits founder Dave Smith had a dream—a simple interface that would allow all electronic musical instruments to communicate with each other and with computers. To make this dream a reality, these pioneers brought together an unprecedented coalition of manufacturers from the United States and Japan, and soon the Musical Instrument Digital Interface, or “MIDI,” was born. 30 years ago, the 1983 Winter NAMM Show hosted its landmark public unveiling, where Roland and Sequential Circuits demonstrated the first two MIDI-equipped synthesizers “talking” to each other via this new universal communication standard. More
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UPDATE: The entry period has ended. Thanks to all who participated. Congratulations to Brad Rubac, our winner. Enjoy your new, autographed CUBE-20XL BASS amp!
Roland is giving away a CUBE-20XL BASS amp autographed by respected session and touring bassist Derrick Murdock, noted for his long-running late-night TV stint with Kevin Eubanks and The Tonight Show Band. To enter, visit the Roland U.S. Facebook page by September 6, 2012, answer a simple question about the CUBE-XL BASS series, and fill out a short entry form. One winner will be selected at random from entries with the correct answer. Good luck!
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UPDATE: The entry period has closed. Thanks to all who participated.
Are you the world’s top looping musician? The time is now to show your skills for the BOSS Loop Station World Championship 3! Just submit a live performance video with any BOSS RC-Series Loop Station to YouTube™ and you’ll be entered for an opportunity to compete at the U.S. National Finals at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood. The top prize is $3,000 in BOSS gear and the chance to vie for the world title in January 2013. There are only six spots available at the U.S. competition, so give us your best shot! Don’t delay—the entry period runs for three months only, from June 1 through August 31, 2012.