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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…

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

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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…

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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What Roland Drum Gear is being played on the Ellie Goulding tour?

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What Roland Drum Gear is being played on the Ellie Goulding tour?

If you saw Ellie Goulding’s Delirium World Tour as it hit Britain last month, you’d have been struck by how the live sound caught the vibe of last year’s acclaimed album. For that, credit goes to drummer and musical director, Joe Clegg, who made it his mission to nail every nuance of Delirium – then…

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Behind the scenes with Spandau Ballet’s drummer

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Behind the scenes with Spandau Ballet’s drummer

Their hits might have defined the New Romantic scene of the early-’80s, but watch Spandau Ballet live in 2015 and you’ll find a band moving with the times. In this exclusive video interview, filmed behind the scenes on the band’s current tour, original drummer John Keeble talks about how he’s using Roland’s gear as part…

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Deep Purple’s Ian Paice on the “genius” of Roland V-Drums

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Deep Purple’s Ian Paice on the “genius” of Roland V-Drums

Ian Paice remembers the bad old days of digital drums. A time when the latency of lesser kits killed the groove. An age when dodgy triggering made audiences wince. But that was before the Deep Purple drum god pulled up a stool at the Roland TD-30KV. “I came across Roland’s V-Drums,” he explains in this…

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Craig Blundell on the exciting challenge of drumming for Steven Wilson

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Craig Blundell on the exciting challenge of drumming for Steven Wilson

As a battle-tested session warrior, Craig Blundell doesn’t do nerves. Even so, the long-standing Roland artist will admit that slipping onto the drum stool for Steven Wilson was not a gig for the faint-hearted. In this exclusive video interview, filmed during soundcheck at the British prog giant’s Royal Albert Hall shows in September, Craig reveals…

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Topper Headon – The Clash

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Topper Headon – The Clash

Roland’s digital drums aren’t just arming the new generation. They’re also reinvigorating the old guard. As the heartbeat behind British punk originators The Clash, Topper Headon powered classic albums including 1979’s London Calling and wrote the music for biggest hit Rock The Casbah. Sadly, after the original lineup split in 1982, Topper retreated from the…

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Kelis’ band talk gear with Roland

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Kelis’ band talk gear with Roland

Last year, Kelis’s triumphant Food Tour ate the planet. All eyes might have been on the New York warrior-princess as she performed lip-smacking hits from 2003’s breakout Milkshake to 2014’s Jerk Ribs, but the setlist each night was driven by her crack seven-piece live band. “Kelis is really cool to work with,” explains musical director…

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Thomas Lang and Roland European Tour

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Thomas Lang and Roland European Tour

Winter. It’s the time of the year that heading out of the door is least fun. But that’s good for us drummers – the winter months are the perfect excuse to stay in; get your chops in order, nail those grooves, find your inner swing and emerge ready to take the spring/summer gig circuit by…

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The 1975 – Roland Hybrid Drums with George Daniel

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The 1975 – Roland Hybrid Drums with George Daniel

  Don’t be fooled by that nostalgic band name. The 1975’s time is now. Since tearing out of the Manchester toilet circuit in 2012 with a volley of buzz EPs, schoolmates Matt Healy, Ross MacDonald, Adam Hann and George Daniel have enjoyed pinch-me moments at every turn. Hearing first single The City on Radio 1….

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