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How to use mastering for a BIG sounding mix

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How to use mastering for a BIG sounding mix

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It’s a common scenario — you mix your song, you think it sounds great, then you play your CD or MP3 alongside a commercial record and suddenly yours doesn’t sound so big anymore. Why is that? The short answer is that you are comparing your mix with one that has been through an extra stage known as mastering. The much longer answer is to describe what mastering actually means. [Photo: John Hult]. What is mastering? A top commercial mastering house has the best monitors, lots of expensive boutique processors — often bristling with glowing valves —superb acoustics and an engineer…

10 Tips For A Killer Crowdfunding Campaign

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10 Tips For A Killer Crowdfunding Campaign

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What’s in your pockets right now? If you’re a musician, we can hazard a guess. A bus pass. A bottletop. An Allen key. A handful of plectrums. And sixteen pence in shrapnel. Let’s face it: you’re broke. And without the cash to pay for gear, software, studio time and dancing girls, your era-defining album is…

How building a strong brand can help promote your music

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How building a strong brand can help promote your music

If you’re a musician or band just starting out on the road to fame and fortune, you might think branding is something you don’t need to waste any valuable time on. You’d be very wrong. The beginning of your musical career is the best time to get your brand sorted. If you just bumble along…

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How to become a professional drummer

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How to become a professional drummer

From finding gigs and knowing what to charge, to the importance of understanding electronics, here are the basics that you need if you want to become a professional drummer. Every drummer has their heroes, and it’s likely that session luminaries Vinnie Colaiuta, Steve Gadd and Jeff Porcaro feature somewhere on your list. At the music…

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Public Enemy’s DJ Lord on beats, scaring the neighbours and the AIRA TR-8 drum machine

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Public Enemy’s DJ Lord on beats, scaring the neighbours and the AIRA TR-8 drum machine

Public Enemy’s DJ Lord on terrorising his neighbours with the Roland TR-8. When it comes to the pantheon of hip-hop heavyweights, Public Enemy are top of the pile. As the New Yorkers prepared to shake the O2’s Indigo venue, Roland ran into DJ Lord backstage and picked the mix-master’s brains on the past, present and…

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Getting Big Guitar Sounds at Small Gigs

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Getting Big Guitar Sounds at Small Gigs

Paul White, editor-in-chief of Sound on Sound magazine, shares his tips for getting a big guitar sound even when you’re playing in a small venue….. I’ve been to a lot of gigs where some really good guitar playing has been let down by a frankly dreadful guitar sound. However, it is relatively simple to achieve…

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Vince Watson talks Roland gear, analog vs digital, and the origins of Techno

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Vince Watson talks Roland gear, analog vs digital, and the origins of Techno

Vince Watson is a hopeless synth hoarder. To walk into the DJ’s Amsterdam studio is to enter a treasure-trove of vintage, modern, cult and leftfield hardware, hunted down since adolescence, and deployed on club classics from Mystical Rhythm to Biologique. For this Scottish-born 41-year-old, every synth tells a story, reminding him of roots on Glasgow’s…

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The 12 Golden Rules Of Busking

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The 12 Golden Rules Of Busking

Busking. When it goes well, there aren’t many better ways to spend a Saturday afternoon. Glorious sunshine, coins raining down, punters singing along, eccentric millionaires scattering tenners, maybe even an A&R man waiting to sign you up when you finish your acoustic reworking of Happy. But let’s get back to reality. When it goes badly,…

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History of Hybrid Drums

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History of Hybrid Drums

New Wave, synthpop, hip-hop, house, electro, pop… The late ’70s and early ’80s produced swathes of classic music. Music technology, recording processes, the microchip and the synth all gave rise to new music – and new ways of approaching it. However, it was also an unnerving time for drummers, as while the acoustic drum kit…

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12 ways to make your band win at social media

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12 ways to make your band win at social media

If you’re serious about a career in music, you ignore social media at your peril. Get your online presence right and it can rocket-fuel your ascent, build a loyal fanbase, sell out your gigs and have the industry beating down your door. Get it wrong, though, and you’ll be left shouting into the void, wasting…

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Echoes in Time: The History of BOSS Delay Pedals

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Echoes in Time: The History of BOSS Delay Pedals

Spanning the last four decades, BOSS has created well over 100 different types of effects pedals, and each one delivers both colorful sounds and colorful looks. Among them are everyday guitar staples like overdrive, distortion, and reverb, as well as unique effects like Slow Gear and Slicer, just to name a few. And, of course,…

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