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What do I need to know about streaming?

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What do I need to know about streaming?

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Streaming. It’s the most divisive concept in the modern music industry. In one corner, you have the haters, like Metallica manager Peter Mensch (who declared YouTube “the Devil”), Taylor Swift (who attacked Apple Music for expecting musicians to finance its three-month trial) and Thom Yorke (who dismissed Spotify as “the last desperate fart of a dying corpse”). In the other corner, you’ve got the musicians who insist that streaming has given them a platform, scored them advertising tie-ins and helped them bypass the machinations of the old-school industry. Just ask Psy, who would probably still be doing his Gangnam Style…

Should you self-release your new album?

  Industry

Should you self-release your new album?

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Back in the old days, it was pretty straightforward. As a new artist, the only way to get heard beyond your postcode was to sign with a record label. To achieve this meant knocking on a thousand doors, blanket-bombing A&R men with your demo and wallpapering your rehearsal room with rejection letters. And then maybe…

Jack Garratt on becoming a one-man band with Roland SPD-SX

  Artists

Jack Garratt on becoming a one-man band with Roland SPD-SX

Drums. Keys. Guitar. Bass. Vocals. Live, Jack Garratt does the lot, and as the Brit Award-winning artist reveals in this video interview, it’s all thanks to the unit he calls “the brain”: his Roland SPD-SX Sampling Pad. “I got my hands on one and I went a bit crazy with it, tried to find a…

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What Roland Drum Gear is being played on the Adele tour?

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What Roland Drum Gear is being played on the Adele tour?

Session work doesn’t get any bigger than this. Last month, Roland bagged an Access All Areas pass for Adele’s Manchester Arena shows, and met the crack US rhythm section tasked with recreating the hits from her 17-million-selling third album, 25. Now, in this exclusive video interview, percussionist Aaron Draper and drummer Derrick White walk us…

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Demystifying the Magic of Tape Echo

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Demystifying the Magic of Tape Echo

As a music lover, you have no doubt heard the magic of Tape Echo. It has been an effect used by guitar icons such as Jimmy Page, Robert Fripp, Brian May and Bob Marley to name a few. The sound of Tape Echo has a distinct warmth and saturation like no other effect – an…

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Mystery Jets on being inspired by the BOSS RC-300

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Mystery Jets on being inspired by the BOSS RC-300

These days, we all know that looping is a great tool for live performance. But it’s far more than that. Right now, some of the scene’s best songwriters are using loop pedals to spark their most adventurous material. As Blaine Harrison of Mystery Jets reveals in this video tutorial, it was his decision to pick…

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What Roland keys are being played on the Ellie Goulding tour?

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What Roland keys are being played on the Ellie Goulding tour?

Touring an album as epic as Ellie Goulding’s Delirium was always going to be a challenge. Fortunately, as we found out last month at the Liverpool Echo Arena, the singer has one of the most forward-thinking bands in the business, committed to chasing down every last sound from the studio. Typical of this new breed…

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7 Useful Patches for the AIRA Effector Modules

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7 Useful Patches for the AIRA Effector Modules

The AIRA Effector Modules are extremely versatile tools that have a lot to add to any modular rig. Using the AIRA Modular Customizer, they can be reconfigured to perform an almost infinite variety of functions. There are 31 different modules to choose from, including oscillators, envelopes, filters, delay and more. Here are some useful patches…

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10 things you need to know for band Auditions

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10 things you need to know for band Auditions

No more excuses. Enough hiding in your bedroom, practising through headphones and bantering with an imaginary stadium crowd. Instead, make 2016 that you finally burst onto the music scene and forge your rock ‘n’ roll career in earnest. You’re going to need to join a band, and that usually starts with an audition. Here’s how…

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How to replace your V-Drums’ worn mesh heads with PowerPly

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How to replace your V-Drums’ worn mesh heads with PowerPly

If you play Roland V-Drums, you’ll already know that our standard mesh heads can take a whole lot of abuse. Play long and hard enough though, and just like any drummer, you’ll need to replace your worn heads. Fortunately, as this video tutorial proves, that’s never been easier – thanks to Roland’s new MH-2 PowerPly…

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How to make your drum kit hybrid with PowerPly mesh heads

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How to make your drum kit hybrid with PowerPly mesh heads

There’s more to the Roland MH-2 PowerPly mesh heads than meets the eye. Plenty of V-Drums players will welcome these Remo-produced two-ply heads as the perfect replacements for their worn-out heads. But as this video tutorial reveals, they’re also a crafty addition to a traditional acoustic kit, fitting onto the kick, snare and tom shells,…

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