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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 – Making Your Kit Sound Great

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

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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…

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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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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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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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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The Drummer’s Guide to the TD-50 – Beef Up Your Kick

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The Drummer’s Guide to the TD-50 – Beef Up Your Kick

With incredibly powerful sound shaping and layering capabilities, the Roland TD-50 is designed for deep diving when it comes to drum sound creation. Like any custom acoustic kit, you get out what you put in. It won’t play itself! With that in mind, Roland V-Drums artists Michael Schack, Craig Blundell and Dirk Brand will guide…

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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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