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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…

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

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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…

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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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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The Drummer’s Guide to the TD-50 – Using WAV Samples with the TD-50

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The Drummer’s Guide to the TD-50 – Using WAV Samples with the TD-50

The sample load capability and myriad of editing possibilities in the TD-50 Module allows you to freely combine any of the 400+ internal sounds with your own WAV samples to create truly unique and world class sounding drum kits. With basic WAV preparation and a few button presses, it’s easy to load any sound imaginable…

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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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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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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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