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January 26, 1998 | KAREN KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER; Karen Kaplan covers technology, telecommunications and aerospace. She can be reached at karen.kaplan@latimes.com
Since its founding a quarter of a century ago, Roland Corp. of Osaka, Japan, has created electronic instruments ranging from its standard keyboard synthesizers to electric guitars that can masquerade as mandolins or banjos. At Roland's U.S. headquarters in Los Angeles, employees experiment with the latest instrument technologies in an auditorium-style room called the Learning Center.
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January 26, 1998 | KAREN KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER; Karen Kaplan covers technology, telecommunications and aerospace. She can be reached at karen.kaplan@latimes.com
Since its founding a quarter of a century ago, Roland Corp. of Osaka, Japan, has created electronic instruments ranging from its standard keyboard synthesizers to electric guitars that can masquerade as mandolins or banjos. At Roland's U.S. headquarters in Los Angeles, employees experiment with the latest instrument technologies in an auditorium-style room called the Learning Center.
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January 18, 1995 | Ross Kerber, Times staff writer
Roland Digital Makes Move: Roland Digital Group America, a producer of computer-aided equipment for sign-making and engraving, will open its new headquarters at the Irvine Spectrum on Friday. Since the privately held company moved to 1961 McGaw Ave. in Irvine five years ago from Los Angeles, its annual revenue has tripled, said William Collins, Roland's marketing manager, though he would not give specific figures. The company employs about 30 people.
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November 10, 2003 | Jeff Gottlieb, Times Staff Writer
An Orange County woman is suing an Irvine restaurant, saying she found a condom in her clam chowder. Laila Sultan, 48, said she was eating at McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant on Feb. 26, 2002, when something rubbery stuck to her tooth. "We said, 'Of course. You're chewing on a clam,' " said Paula Wild, one of three friends with her -- all eating clam chowder, and all of whom have joined the lawsuit. Sultan spit out the offending material. She said it was an unwrapped, rolled-up condom.
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January 26, 1998 | KAREN KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER; Karen Kaplan covers technology, telecommunications and aerospace. She can be reached at karen.kaplan@latimes.com
In a cavernous, mirrored room in an industrial section of Santa Monica, John Laraio appears to be making music out of thin air. The long-haired musician and chief executive of Hydra Productions waves his arms like a symphony conductor in front of 15 infrared beams that produce thumping bass beats, electronic melodies and digitized sounds of rain and thunder.
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March 21, 2001
Kevin Barber has been named senior vice president of operations at Conexant Systems Inc. in Newport Beach. He most recently served as vice president of internal manufacturing, responsible for the wafer fabrication and assembly and test facilities. Barber succeeds Terry L. Ellis, who retired this year. * Clark Neuhoff has joined the commercial development division of Sares-Regis Group in Irvine as director of development.
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March 27, 2000 | K. CONNIE KANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In life, Mike Lee was a Korean immigrant like so many others in Los Angeles, working hard to support his wife and children. For four years that responsibility formed a shield against the ridicule he said he endured from his Japanese bosses. Lee eventually became so distraught he confided to a company counselor that he felt like killing his tormentors. Instead, he killed himself.
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May 14, 1999 | BILL KOHLHAASE SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Newport Beach keyboardist Scott Wilkie's blond good looks have given him something of an identity problem. More than one reviewer of his new album, "Boundless," has said he looks like another handsome keyboardist, John Tesh. It's a connection that Wilkie, who appears in his own backyard Saturday as part of the Newport Beach Jazz Festival, wants to avoid. Speaking from Coral Gables, Fla.
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February 24, 1989 | LESLIE BERKMAN, Times Staff Writer
Yamaha Corp. of America, the nation's largest musical instruments maker, has taken steps to prune the sales and administrative staff at its Buena Park headquarters in an effort to improve waning profitability.
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January 14, 2010 | By Tiffany Hsu
If not for the sheer smorgasbord of sounds, the preview showroom Wednesday at the Anaheim Convention Center could have been easily mistaken for a "Star Trek" set rather than a display of music products. Wires and cords linked to whirring, humming, Space Age gadgets snaked across the floor around an abundance of blinking laptop screens at the annual gathering staged by the International Music Products Assn., a Carlsbad, Calif., trade group that still uses the acronym NAMM from its old name, the National Assn.
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May 7, 2006 | Carl Freire, Associated Press Writer
Toru Shioiri pauses to catch his breath while he adjusts the strap on his electric bass guitar, drawing laughter from his band mates -- who are wheezing just as much. The Tora-no-ana band has finished only its fourth song -- the Doobie Brothers' "China Grove" -- at the Shibuya Gakki music shop in Tokyo, and they already look exhausted. "Hey, this is an event for old men," Shioiri, 45, jokes to the few dozen spectators. "We need oxygen breaks."
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