Volume Ventures LLC

1500 or Nothin’ and its 1500 Sound Academy production training program are partnering with the Roland Corporation to launch a curriculum based around synthesizers, drum machines, MIDI controllers and other studio tools from the famed electronic equipment manufacturer and its associated brands.


Currently 32 students are enrolled in 1500 Sound Academy’s latest six-month certificate program, which kicked off June 10. Based in Inglewood, California, the academy was founded by 1500 or Nothin’s Grammy Award-winning principals James Fauntleroy and Larrance “Rance” Dopson. Fauntleroy and Dopson (Bruno Mars, Ariana Grande, Ella Mai) and Timbaland (Justin Timberlake, Aailyah, Missy Elliott) are among the guest lecturers slated for the next session. While enrolled, students will receive a free Roland Cloud subscription and have access to tours and internship opportunities at Roland’s L.A. facilities. In addition, a demo facility — dubbed the “Roland Room” — has been specifically created for Roland and BOSS products on-site at the academy.