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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’s so special about the digital pads in the new V-Drums TD-50 series?

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What’s so special about the digital pads in the new V-Drums TD-50 series?

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It’s easy to see why pro drummers want a piece of the new V-Drums TD-50 series. We could give you a whole list of reasons why this flagship set is the must-play kit of modern times, but for now, let’s focus on the PD-140DS snare and CY-18DR ride that ship with it as standard. If…

What’s new in the latest TD-50 V-Drums module?

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What’s new in the latest TD-50 V-Drums module?

At the heart of Roland’s new flagship TD-50KV V-Drums kit, you’ll find the tantalising box of black magic that is the TD-50. You’ve probably heard that it’s our most powerful drum module ever. But maybe you’re still wondering how that mighty spec can benefit you in real-world drumming scenarios. In this post and video, we…

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Performing Live with V-Drums and Electronic Percussion

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Performing Live with V-Drums and Electronic Percussion

As drummers know, we don’t always have the easiest gig Sound engineers, bandmates and even audience members offer plenty of input. This can be anything from telling us to control our volume levels, reduce the amount of gear we have, or broadening our sonic horizons to attract interesting, regular work. Heeding this advice can bring…

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How to quickly setup and calibrate your new TD-50 V-Drums kit

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How to quickly setup and calibrate your new TD-50 V-Drums kit

So you’ve splashed out on the new TD-50 V-Drums kit… CONGRATULATIONS! We know that you’re busting to jump on and start playing, so we’ve put together a list of essential tips to give you the best possible experience and get you playing in the shortest possible time. Right-handers: First, lay the two curved pieces down on the floor,…

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How to use Hybrid Drums to give yourself a competitive edge

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How to use Hybrid Drums to give yourself a competitive edge

Although the word ‘hybrid’ is widely used in drumming circles, the technology involved in bringing acoustic and electronic drums together often feels reserved for those with Einstein minds, or for drummers who play big stages with famous artists. However, this is far from the truth – and if you think hybrid drums are out of…

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what does the future of drumming look like?

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what does the future of drumming look like?

The world of drumming has advanced at a staggering rate over the last 100 or so years. From the birth of revolutionary new techniques and styles, to pioneering technology that’s resulted in more versatile, better-sounding gear – drummers have never had it so good. At the same time, the music industry is changing, making it…

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How to become a professional drummer

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How to become a professional drummer

From finding gigs and knowing what to charge, to the importance of understanding electronics, here are the basics that you need if you want to become a professional drummer. Every drummer has their heroes, and it’s likely that session luminaries Vinnie Colaiuta, Steve Gadd and Jeff Porcaro feature somewhere on your list. At the music…

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History of Hybrid Drums

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History of Hybrid Drums

New Wave, synthpop, hip-hop, house, electro, pop… The late ’70s and early ’80s produced swathes of classic music. Music technology, recording processes, the microchip and the synth all gave rise to new music – and new ways of approaching it. However, it was also an unnerving time for drummers, as while the acoustic drum kit…

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Jack Garratt on becoming a one-man band with Roland SPD-SX

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Jack Garratt on becoming a one-man band with Roland SPD-SX

Drums. Keys. Guitar. Bass. Vocals. Live, Jack Garratt does the lot, and as the Brit Award-winning artist reveals in this video interview, it’s all thanks to the unit he calls “the brain”: his Roland SPD-SX Sampling Pad. “I got my hands on one and I went a bit crazy with it, tried to find a…

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What Roland Drum Gear is being played on the Adele tour?

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What Roland Drum Gear is being played on the Adele tour?

Session work doesn’t get any bigger than this. Last month, Roland bagged an Access All Areas pass for Adele’s Manchester Arena shows, and met the crack US rhythm section tasked with recreating the hits from her 17-million-selling third album, 25. Now, in this exclusive video interview, percussionist Aaron Draper and drummer Derrick Wright walk us…

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