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A Beginner’s Guide To Subtractive Synthesis

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A Beginner’s Guide To Subtractive Synthesis

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Creating your own synthesizer patch is the first step towards creating your own signature sound. Patches that you’ve created will help your tracks to stand out and you might even surprise yourself with what you come up with! Subtractive synthesis is one of the main types of synthesis. As its name implies, tones are created…

The Drummer’s Guide to the TD-50 – Making Your Kit Sound Great

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The Drummer’s Guide to the TD-50 – Making Your Kit Sound Great

Once you’ve selected and tweaked your TD-50 drum sounds to your liking, the next step is to balance all of the elements, so that the kit feels involving to play and gives the best overall sonic impact. This process in the TD-50 is very similar to mixing down a piece of music, using either an…

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How to deal with rejection as a musician

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How to deal with rejection as a musician

Next. Close but no cigar. Thanks but no thanks. Don’t call us, we’ll call you. Get out of my office before I call security. Spend a little time in the music industry and you’ll hear them all. You could get mad, punch a wall, burn an effigy of a label boss, turn your back on…

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The Next Generation of Drummers

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The Next Generation of Drummers

If you think drumming progression begins and ends with players like John Bonham and Buddy Rich, you perhaps haven’t been paying close enough attention to the exciting evolution taking place in the drum world today. Everywhere we look, boundaries are being broken and innovative new styles and set-ups are taking drums and percussion to new…

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The Drummer’s Guide to the TD-50 – Making Your Hi-Hats Sound Solid

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The Drummer’s Guide to the TD-50 – Making Your Hi-Hats Sound Solid

The hi-hat is arguably the most played part of any drum kit. As such, there are many types and sizes of hi-hats that are used by drummers. Roland’s flagship TD-50 module gives you several vastly different hi-hat sounds that you can fully edit in order to cover all possible musical situations. The TD-50 also offers…

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Do You Want Killer Backing Tracks For Your Loop Station?

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Do You Want Killer Backing Tracks For Your Loop Station?

You have just finished recording a new song with a great multi-synth backing track that you’d really love to perform live. Sure you could hire an army of synth players every time you’re booked but that’d get very expensive very quickly. Your best bet is to get your recording engineer to give you a copy…

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Improve Your Aural Skills with Piano Partner 2

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Improve Your Aural Skills with Piano Partner 2

When it comes to playing the piano, (or any instrument!), your aural skills are one of the best things you can develop. Developing your aural skills can lead to better playing and better performances. If you’re playing with an ensemble, your ability to play with other musicians will increase as well. Plus, if you ever…

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The Drummer’s Guide to the TD-50 – Tweaking The Ride Cymbal

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The Drummer’s Guide to the TD-50 – Tweaking The Ride Cymbal

While there are often several crash cymbals in a typical drum kit, there’s normally only one ride cymbal. So, making it a great sounding one is crucial! Unlike crash cymbals that are mostly struck edge on and work as punctuation in a musical phrase, ride cymbals are mostly hit on the bow and bell with…

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CREATING BEATS FOR DANCE STYLES WITH THE DJ-808

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CREATING BEATS FOR DANCE STYLES WITH THE DJ-808

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…

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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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