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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…

5 ways a Roland TD-25 module will help boost your drumming

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5 ways a Roland TD-25 module will help boost your drumming

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A great sound module is at the heart of any good electronic drum kit. As the newest kit in the Roland V-Drums range, the TD-25KV is driven by the Roland TD-25 – and it’s one of the smartest modules around. If you want a quick primer on the TD-25’s onboard technology, check out these five…

All Killer, No Filler: the new Roland TD-25K V-Drums

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All Killer, No Filler: the new Roland TD-25K V-Drums

Drum roll, please – for the latest addition to the Roland V-Drums range. Maybe you spotted the new Roland TD-25K when it debuted at Musik Messe  2015. Now, you’re dying to know why this kit is causing such a buzz (without diving into the manual). Read on for the lowdown… The first big draw is…

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What’s the difference between the new TD-25 and TD-15 V-Drums?

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What’s the difference between the new TD-25 and TD-15 V-Drums?

Grab your sticks: there’s a new kit in town. The new Roland TD-25 V-Drums series was the big draw at Musik Messe 2015, turning heads, dropping jaws and sparking stampedes. Wallet-wise, the TD-25K (£1,595) and TD-25KV (£2,145) sit bang in the middle of the V-Drums range, and take over from the acclaimed TD-15 series. But…

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5 Reasons Why the TD-1K is the best Electronic Drum Kit For Beginners

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5 Reasons Why the TD-1K is the best Electronic Drum Kit For Beginners

Have you always wanted to play the drums, but haven’t taken the plunge yet because of concerns about noise, setup space, or cost? If so, you should really reconsider—the recently released Roland TD-1K makes getting into drumming practical, cost-effective, and most of all, fun. As the new entry-level member of the mighty V-Drums lineup, this…

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Top 15 Musical Gifts To Spark Creativity This Christmas

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Top 15 Musical Gifts To Spark Creativity This Christmas

With Christmas fast approaching, you may be looking for inspiration for the music lover in your life: if so, why not give them more of what they love? Luckily, we’ve created a top 15 gift list to spark their musical creativity. With musical must-haves and stocking fillers ranging from just £25 right up to a shiny…

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What’s the difference between Roland TD-11 and TD-15 electronic drum kits?

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What’s the difference between Roland TD-11 and TD-15 electronic drum kits?

Hypothetically, let’s say you’re a planet-straddling, snakeskin-booted, Ray-Banned rock god who wants it all and wants it now. Choosing your Roland V-Drums kit is a no-brainer. It’s got to be a gleaming Roland V-Pro Series TD-30: the holy grail of electronic kits, delivering infinite tone, playing like a dream and easily assembled by your tech…

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Roland HPD-20 HandSonic vs the previous HPD-10/HPD-15

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Roland HPD-20 HandSonic vs the previous HPD-10/HPD-15

  Last year the brand new Roland Handsonic HPD-20 was unveiled to the world. But what’s so different about the new one and the HPD-10 and HPD-15 it replaces? What’s new? The HPD-20 HandSonic uses key Roland technologies that have been developed since the HPD-10 and HPD-15 were released. Ultimately, these bring a higher level of…

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Roland SPD-SX Sampling Pad vs Roland Octapad SPD-30

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Roland SPD-SX Sampling Pad vs Roland Octapad SPD-30

Spend a little time loitering on the live circuit and pretty soon you’ll see a pro musician beating on two mysterious black boxes bearing the Roland logo. Both of these units sound equally awesome, creating mind-blowing sounds that drag percussion into a bold new dawn. They look kinda similar, too, with rubber pads, LEDs and…

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Hybrid drum kits – Frequently Asked Questions

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Hybrid drum kits – Frequently Asked Questions

  There’s a lot of talk about hybrid drum kits right now – combining electronic percussion and acoustic percussion together in one set-up. We’ve produced plenty of videos and advice, including our Hybrid drum series on the subject. But for some, hybrid raises as many questions as it answers. So, if you’re looking for answers on hybrid,…

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Roland KT-10 Kick Trigger Pedal – a closer look

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Roland KT-10 Kick Trigger Pedal – a closer look

  Drums are all about noise. It’s part of the attraction in picking up the sticks and bashing the tubs. But here’s the problem; while noise may play a big part of what is great about the drums, noise is also nuisance for those around us or for the rest of the band. But as…

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