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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…

How to use modular synths in a live musical performance

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How to use modular synths in a live musical performance

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The first modular synthesizers created were complex instruments that quickly found a place with studio engineers and more technically minded musicians. “Modulars” were so large and expensive that few people had the chance to play with one. Keyboard synthesizers quickly became the synthesist’s weapon of choice and the relatively inaccessible modular synths were left in…

What Roland keys are being played on the Level 42 tour?

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What Roland keys are being played on the Level 42 tour?

Everyone likes to give their setup the occasional shot in the arm. Mike Lindup is no different. During his 36 years with Level 42, the keys wizard has played most of Roland’s product line, from the MKS-20 to the JUNO-6. Now, as the British legends prepare to record their follow-up to 2013’s Sirens EP, Mike…

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Synthwave, Sci Fi and the importance of Sound Design

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Synthwave, Sci Fi and the importance of Sound Design

Synthesizers and science fiction are made for each other. Strange alien noises, the pulse of futuristic streets, epic pad sounds from distant planets…Sound design is a crucial element of any self-respecting Sci-Fi film or TV show, and this article will look at how artists and composers have used synths and sound design to help shape…

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Berenice Scott on writing & touring with the JUNO-DS88 workstation

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Berenice Scott on writing & touring with the JUNO-DS88 workstation

As an acclaimed songwriter and session ace, Berenice Scott never stops. One day, she might be on tour with Tony Visconti or Heaven 17. The next, she could be back on home turf in London, composing original material and tracking it with her band. Luckily, she found a little time to talk to Roland… When…

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What is a booking agent – and do I need one?

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What is a booking agent – and do I need one?

If you’re in an upcoming band, you’ll know the drill. Mobile in one hand. Laptop in the other. Deep breath. Then six hours spent cold-calling every irritable pub landlord in the county, on the off-chance that they’ll let you play after the quiz next Tuesday. When you’re starting out, booking your own shows is just…

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What’s so special about the digital pads in the new V-Drums TD-50 series?

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What’s so special about the digital pads in the new V-Drums TD-50 series?

It’s easy to see why pro drummers want a piece of the new V-Drums TD-50 series. We could give you a whole list of reasons why this flagship set is the must-play kit of modern times, but for now, let’s focus on the PD-140DS snare and CY-18DR ride that ship with it as standard. If…

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Roland Keyboard Rigs: Ayo Oyerinde on inspiring Jessie J

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Roland Keyboard Rigs: Ayo Oyerinde on inspiring Jessie J

Session man Ayo Oyerinde on inspiring Jessie J with his Roland JD-XA & RD-800 Session musicians are musical chameleons, shedding their skin each time they join a new lineup. That’s no problem for Ayo ‘Ayce’ Oyerinde. During his 16 years as a pro keys man, he’s lent his skills to stars including Jessie J, Tinie…

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How to make music with a computer: the basics

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How to make music with a computer: the basics

Not long ago, home recording on four and eight track tape machines could produce workable demos. Studio quality recording, mixing and mastering however, were only in reach of those who had the money to hire out a professional recording studio. These days, with computer power on the rise and very affordable hardware and software, digital…

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Session legend Toby Chapman and his JD-XA/RD-800 keyboard rig

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Session legend Toby Chapman and his JD-XA/RD-800 keyboard rig

Keys veteran Toby Chapman on A-list sessions with Roland’s JD-XA/RD-800 keyboard rig. As keys man for Tom Jones, Kylie Minogue and Spandau Ballet, Toby Chapman’s résumé takes some beating. And as you’ll discover in these two exclusive video interviews, his keyboard rig ain’t too shabby, either. Coming up in the analogue era, Toby couldn’t wait…

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Who does what in the music industry?

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Who does what in the music industry?

Don’t listen to the old punk-rocker at the end of the bar who tells you to “do it yourself, man”. While it’s true that in the web age, a hard-working band can go a long way under its own steam, if you’re set on interplanetary dominance, you’ll need a network of contacts to avoid burnout….

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