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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…

Why is the Blues Cube my ideal gigging amp?

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Why is the Blues Cube my ideal gigging amp?

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Paul White, editor-in-chief of Sound On Sound, on life with his trusty Blues Cube guitar amp… This article was prompted by my quest for the ideal gigging amplifier. Some say that because I’ve suffered for my music, I make sure everybody else does too, but I couldn’t possibly comment! Although I’ve owned some really nice guitars…

Roland Icon Series: The Jupiter-8 Synthesizer

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Roland Icon Series: The Jupiter-8 Synthesizer

By 1981, Roland had already broken ground with its series of monophonic and modular analog synthesizers. Roland’s first polyphonic synthesizer came in 1978, with the release of the Jupiter-4. This was a 4-voice, polyphonic analog synthesizer that utilized digital control of analog circuits. Labelled ‘Compuphonic’, its sonic capabilities were restricted by the inherent limitations of…

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How to give great interviews with the music press

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How to give great interviews with the music press

Interviews are an art form. Spit out a few memorable soundbites and you can light a rocket under your career, recruit an army of diehard fans and create a mythology around your band that will sustain you even when you run out of decent tunes. Drop a few foot-in-mouth clangers, on the other hand, and…

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Should you get the Roland TR-09 or the TR-8?

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Should you get the Roland TR-09 or the TR-8?

With the number of instruments now available which celebrate Roland’s strong history of drum machines, you could be excused for thinking that these products all do the same thing. However, while all contain the same genre-defining sounds of classic Roland drum machines, there are a huge range of differences in purpose and functionality between the…

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Inside a Guitar Amplifier – Part. 1

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Inside a Guitar Amplifier – Part. 1

Guitar amplifiers are unique in the world of music. Generally, an electronic audio amplifier will be a device that makes a source signal louder. Electric guitar amplifiers however, are capable of so much more. Guitar amplifiers imprint their own sonic signatures onto a player’s sound and significantly alter the way that the guitar actually feels…

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Use a switching system to get the most from your effect pedals

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Use a switching system to get the most from your effect pedals

Paul White, editor in chief of Sound on Sound, explores the merits of adding an effects switching system to your guitar pedal setup. The beauty of buying specific guitar effects pedals for specific tasks means that you can create your own unique set of effect combinations without being restricted to a single manufacturer. While the…

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What’s the difference between MIDI and audio?

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What’s the difference between MIDI and audio?

MIDI is one of the most versatile and useful aspects of modern music making. Present in a huge range of instruments, modules, devices and pieces of gear, MIDI was a true game changer on its release in the early 1980’s. Let’s examine what MIDI is, what it can do and how it’s completely different to…

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From studio to stage: the electronic musician’s guide to gigging

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From studio to stage: the electronic musician’s guide to gigging

For the solo electronic artist, the most obvious option when it comes to performing live has long been the DJ set. These days, using a laptop running any DJ application, mixing your own tracks with those of other acts is a piece of cake. But let’s face it: DJing is not really ‘playing live’, is…

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How can I play drums without annoying my neighbours?

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How can I play drums without annoying my neighbours?

Let’s face it – drums are loud. Of course, that’s part of the fun. But the sheer volume of an acoustic kit can make it a challenge for drummers to practise at home – not to mention a headache for housemates, neighbours and anyone else in the postcode. It’s frustrating when you can’t hit as…

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Should you get a Roland TB-03 or the TB-3?

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Should you get a Roland TB-03 or the TB-3?

With the recent release of the Roland Boutique TB-03 bassline sequencer, you might wonder what’s happening with the AIRA TB-3. Both are based on the legendary, “acid sound” defining Roland TB-303, right? Right. However, while the same iconic machine inspired both the TB-03 Boutique and the AIRA TB-3, there are quite a few differences in…

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