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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 3 Boss Pedals Changed the World – Part 2

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How 3 Boss Pedals Changed the World – Part 2

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As we discovered in our previous article, effects pedals prior to 1977 were quite clunky. Big and cumbersome, effects pedals were barely on the average guitar player’s radar throughout most of the 70s. This was due to the high cost, low production numbers and inconvenient nature of these boxes. BOSS changed all that in 1977,…

Roland TB-03 and TR-09: A Classic Pair Resurrected

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Roland TB-03 and TR-09: A Classic Pair Resurrected

In the past few years, we have seen a huge resurgence in both analog and digital hardware. Eurorack modular synthesizer systems have exploded in popularity and vintage synth prices have skyrocketed. The tactile experience of using hardware instruments is drawing artists back to tabletops filled with drum machines and synthesizers. The original Roland TB-303 Bass…

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The Drummer’s Guide to the TD-50 – Using the Layer Function with the Roland TD-50

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The Drummer’s Guide to the TD-50 – Using the Layer Function with the Roland TD-50

Drum production techniques in the studio are boundless. Over the years, many techniques have been developed by engineers to create larger-than-life drum sounds and one of the most frequently used is layering. A very effective way to significantly change and enhance any drum sound is to build it up incrementally, using different textures that combine…

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How 3 BOSS Pedals Changed the World – PART 1

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How 3 BOSS Pedals Changed the World – PART 1

If you’re a guitar player, there’s an extremely good chance that you’ll have used, are currently using, or plan to use, BOSS Compact Pedals at some stage in your life. Often considered a “Gold Standard” in design, sound and practicality, BOSS Compact Pedal sales reach over 15 million units worldwide. These beloved little stompboxes are…

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The Drummer’s Guide to the TD-50 – EQ and Compression

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The Drummer’s Guide to the TD-50 – EQ and Compression

Equalization is used to improve the clarity and audibility of sounds and its been used in nearly every music mix since the earliest days of sound recording. Most musical instruments will benefit from some type of EQ adjustment, in order to get the sound just right. Drumkits, for example, have a wide dynamic range meaning…

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Get the most out of your Roland Boutique with MIDI Mapping

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Get the most out of your Roland Boutique with MIDI Mapping

The Roland Boutiques have had rave reviews ever since their release. These versatile and exquisite sounding modules allow access to rare and classic Roland instruments at a great price, in a portable and easy-to-use format. Along with the astounding TR-09 drum machine, the Boutique series also includes the powerful TB-03 Bass Line synth and the…

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What is a Vocoder?

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What is a Vocoder?

HISTORY The vocoder was developed in 1928 by Bell Labs, and first demonstrated in 1939 at the New York World’s Fair. Its intended use was to reduce the bandwidth of voice information, allowing it to be transferred across further distances. Unfortunately, the voice reproduction of these early systems was not great and they were never…

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Introducing the Roland SPD::ONE range

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Introducing the Roland SPD::ONE range

Are you looking to grow your evolving electro-acoustic drum setup, or do you need a simple solution to begin incorporating electronic sounds into your music? Roland’s SPD::ONE pads empower musicians of all levels to enhance their sound palette and performances.   The SPD::ONE range comprises four individual, palm-sized digital percussion pads: Electro, Kick, Percussion, and…

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The Drummer’s Guide to the TD-50 – Using the Transient Editor

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The Drummer’s Guide to the TD-50 – Using the Transient Editor

One of the simplest yet most powerful tools in the TD-50 Module is the transient editor. With this one screen, you can dramatically modify the attack and sustain characteristics of any of the acoustic-style factory sounds of the TD-50. It’s possible to back the attack and release right off, for minimal stick attack with a…

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The Drummer’s Guide to the TD-50 – How to Use Pad EFX and Multi EFX

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The Drummer’s Guide to the TD-50 – How to Use Pad EFX and Multi EFX

Each trigger input of the TD-50 module can have its own effect for creating new sounds, along with complimenting or enhancing their impact. There are also time-based multi-effects, such as delays, reverbs and enhancers that each sound of the kit can be “sent” to, for enhancing or dramatically changing the overall kit sound.    …

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