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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…

What Type of Guitar Effects Pedals Do You Need?

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What Type of Guitar Effects Pedals Do You Need?

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Do you know your Flangers from your Phasers? How about the difference between a Vibrato and a Tremolo? This article categorises and explains the most common guitar effects pedals, so you can find the tone you need to create your perfect guitar sound. There are four main categories of effect used to create guitar tones:…

Top 5 Benefits of Digital Sheet Music for Pianists

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Top 5 Benefits of Digital Sheet Music for Pianists

The age of digital sheet music has arrived! Now, pianists and other musicians can take advantage of all the benefits from virtually any computer or mobile device. Whether you’re a teacher giving private lessons, a gigging musician, or a student just starting out, there’s much to gain from the scores of scores available with a…

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Roland Icon Series: The JUNO-106 Synthesizer

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Roland Icon Series: The JUNO-106 Synthesizer

The Roland Icon Series is a collection of articles looking back at the most popular and recognised Roland instruments. In over four decades, Roland has designed many world-first instruments like the first touch-sensitive keyboard and first guitar synthesizer. Previous articles in the Roland Icon Series revisited the classic Roland Jupiter-8, the SH-101, the MRS-2 ProMars,…

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A Brief History of Roland RD Stage Pianos

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A Brief History of Roland RD Stage Pianos

From the start, Roland has always strived to create the ultimate electronic piano feel and sound. This aim has been clear from our earliest days, beginning with the release of the legendary EP-30. Appearing just two years after Roland formed in 1972, the EP-30 was a groundbreaking instrument as it was the world’s first touch…

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7 More Hidden Features of the Roland Boutiques

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7 More Hidden Features of the Roland Boutiques

Introduced in 2016 to much excitement and acclaim, Roland’s Boutique modules have won hearts and minds. The Boutique series use Roland’s ACB technology to recreate classic, rare (and now, expensive!) Roland synthesizers and drum machines at an affordable price, in a small, modular format. Following the success of the first round of Boutiques, namely the…

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Using Multi-Effects to Create your Perfect Guitar Sound

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Using Multi-Effects to Create your Perfect Guitar Sound

So you’ve started learning electric guitar, you’ve found a guitar and an amplifier that you like. They sound great together but now you really want to wail like David Gilmour, play with delay like The Edge or conjure up your very own signature tone. Using just your guitar and amp won’t cut it; the next…

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Your Guide to using the Roland DJ-808 with Serato DJ

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Your Guide to using the Roland DJ-808 with Serato DJ

The Roland DJ-808 is an exceptionally powerful DJ performance instrument. Featuring an onboard TR sequencer, low latency platters and AIRA Link, the DJ-808 can truly take live DJ performances to the next level. However, the DJ-808 is only half of the equation. Without understanding Serato DJ software, you won’t be getting the most out of…

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Using Your Roland Boutique with Ableton Live

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Using Your Roland Boutique with Ableton Live

With iconic and legendary Roland instruments now available in studio and stage friendly modules, the Roland Boutique series gives you the ability to bring classic sounds to your mixes. Maybe you’ve always wanted a Jupiter-8 style pad, a TR-909 sounding kick or a gritty TR-303 bass line in your music, but an original model isn’t…

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V-Drums Masterclass: Recording your TD-50

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V-Drums Masterclass: Recording your TD-50

Acoustic drum recording is considered by many people to be an art form. Finding a balance between equipment, knowledge, patience and money that works for your project is a skill that comes with experience and time. Being a collection of various percussion instruments, a drum kit requires different types of microphones and positioning to make…

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Get three months’ Free Access to Sheet Music Direct

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Get three months’ Free Access to Sheet Music Direct

Choose a Roland GP, LX or HP piano – get three months’ free access to Sheet Music Direct. Think of a tune. It could be anything. A classical minuet, or a jazz-hands showtune. A pop banger, or a stadium-filling rock anthem. Whatever you’re thinking of, chances are, you’ll find it on Sheet Music Direct. And…

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