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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…

CREATING BEATS FOR DANCE STYLES WITH THE DJ-808

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CREATING BEATS FOR DANCE STYLES WITH THE DJ-808

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In this article, we’ll show you how to create some typical breaks on the DJ-808. Whether you play House, Drum and Bass, Trap or Electro, you can use the TR-S on the DJ-808 to incorporate live drum elements into your mix and make your sets stand out from the crowd. The videos included here will…

The Definitive Beginner’s Guide To Looping

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The Definitive Beginner’s Guide To Looping

Live looping has quickly become a technique that has taken the art of live performance to a whole new level! Any musician, from bedroom producers to guitar gods, can add their own flair to their part, solo or track by using a Loop Station live on stage. Looping can even inspire a completely new song…

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The Drummer’s Guide to the TD-50 – Making Your Toms Sound Deeper

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The Drummer’s Guide to the TD-50 – Making Your Toms Sound Deeper

When it comes to drum kits, the sound and even the physical depth of the tom drums go in and out of fashion quicker than snare and kick drums. It’s a good thing therefore that the drum module on Roland’s flagship V-Drums TD-50 series offers a variety of editing functions, so you ensure your toms…

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Did you know a SYSTEM-8 synth can do this?

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Did you know a SYSTEM-8 synth can do this?

The SYSTEM-8 PLUG-OUT Synthesizer features amazing recreations of the JUPITER-8 and JUNO-106. However, its core synthesis engine is very powerful and unique sounding on its own. Our previous synthesis tutorials had examples that are easy to replicate on most subtractive synths. The 7 synth tips in this tutorial are ones that take advantage of some…

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Take Control with the ES-8 Switching System

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Take Control with the ES-8 Switching System

  An Effects Power User Dives Deep with Advanced BOSS Gear Sef, the lead guitarist for the Canadian alternative band Your Favorite Enemies, is a pedal fanatic. His board is loaded with a massive selection of stompboxes, which he blends together in highly creative ways to craft his diverse guitar textures. Sef recently replaced a…

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The Drummer’s Guide to the TD-50 – Make Your Crash Cymbals Sound Bigger

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The Drummer’s Guide to the TD-50 – Make Your Crash Cymbals Sound Bigger

Crash cymbals might sound great in isolation, but as soon as they are played in context with other instruments in a mix, their power can quickly be reduced. In the Roland V-Drums TD-50 series, just like in an acoustic recording situation, you can adjust the type of cymbals, microphone position and their brightness, but there…

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Exploring The Hidden Powers Of The Katana Guitar Amp

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Exploring The Hidden Powers Of The Katana Guitar Amp

With its ultra-responsive feel, gig-ready tones, and versatile onboard effects, the affordable BOSS Katana series is taking the guitar amplifier world by storm. By design, all Katana amps feature an instantly familiar interface that makes it easy to dial in and save great sounds on the fly. But there’s even more power under the hood,…

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10 ways to improve your drumming skills

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10 ways to improve your drumming skills

The best drummers don’t get there by accident. We’ve all watched awestruck as top drummers play their heart out and make the rest of us want to quit. Yet although they make it look effortless, being a great drummer is hard work. Sure, you expect to practice a lot and find your own style, but…

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The Drummer’s Guide to the TD-50 – Give Your Snare Sound More Punch

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The Drummer’s Guide to the TD-50 – Give Your Snare Sound More Punch

The snare is the most varied part of the drum kit and gets its name from the rattling set of wires underneath it. These wires are known as the “snares”, which are held against the bottom head under tension by the snare strainer. From thin brass piccolo to medium depth aluminium or deep maple wood,…

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Join Roland’s free training sessions for the DJ-808 controller

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Join Roland’s free training sessions for the DJ-808 controller

Roland Cloud Academy is pleased to offer a great new support opportunity for all DJ-808 owners, as well as anyone thinking about owning one. Through an ongoing series of free live training sessions, you can learn all about the DJ-808 and its tight integration with Serato DJ software. Hosted by expert instructors, the indepth sessions…

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