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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 is the brown sound and why do guitarists love it?

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What is the brown sound and why do guitarists love it?

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Guitarists have used ‘the brown sound’ as shorthand for guitar tone ever since the phrase emerged back in the late 1970’s/early 1980’s. The early history of the term is linked to one of the biggest guitar heroes of all time, however, in the years since, the word “brown” in reference to guitar tone has become…

Boz Boorer, Boss pedals and life on the road with Morrissey

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Boz Boorer, Boss pedals and life on the road with Morrissey

As musical director for Morrissey, co-founder of British rockabilly kingpins The Polecats, and constant collaborator with artists including Adam Ant, Edwyn Collins, and Kirsty MacColl, Boz Boorer is a man of many talents. We caught up with the influential guitarist for a series of exclusive videos, including a candid interview in which Boz reveals his…

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Getting Big Guitar Sounds at Small Gigs

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Getting Big Guitar Sounds at Small Gigs

Paul White, editor-in-chief of Sound on Sound magazine, shares his tips for getting a big guitar sound even when you’re playing in a small venue….. I’ve been to a lot of gigs where some really good guitar playing has been let down by a frankly dreadful guitar sound. However, it is relatively simple to achieve…

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Echoes in Time: The History of BOSS Delay Pedals

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Echoes in Time: The History of BOSS Delay Pedals

Spanning the last four decades, BOSS has created well over 100 different types of effects pedals, and each one delivers both colorful sounds and colorful looks. Among them are everyday guitar staples like overdrive, distortion, and reverb, as well as unique effects like Slow Gear and Slicer, just to name a few. And, of course,…

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Mystery Jets on being inspired by the BOSS RC-300

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Mystery Jets on being inspired by the BOSS RC-300

These days, we all know that looping is a great tool for live performance. But it’s far more than that. Right now, some of the scene’s best songwriters are using loop pedals to spark their most adventurous material. As Blaine Harrison of Mystery Jets reveals in this video tutorial, it was his decision to pick…

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5 reasons to add the BOSS DM-2W analog delay to your pedalboard

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5 reasons to add the BOSS DM-2W analog delay to your pedalboard

For a long time, savvy guitar players have known about the special magic that the vintage BOSS DM-2 analog delay brings to their sound. That’s why the long-discontinued pedal has fetched such high prices on the used market for two-plus decades now. With the Waza Craft DM-2W, the fabled stomp has been completely reborn and…

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Get the most from your Boss SY-300 Guitar pedal

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Get the most from your Boss SY-300 Guitar pedal

As an early adopter of Roland’s various guitar synths, including the original all-analogue GR-300 (and numerous others), I was very keen to try out the new Boss SY-300 and you can read my full review in Sound On Sound magazine. During the extensive review period I gained an insight into what the Boss SY-300 does…

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The Science of Bass Overdrive

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The Science of Bass Overdrive

Originally published by Christian Moraga on the Roland Australia Blog A remark guaranteed to annoy any bass player is that the bass guitar is just a guitar with two less strings and twice as easy to play. This statement couldn’t be further from the truth! Bass guitar (played well!) is one of the most expressive…

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Johnny Marr – Guitar Antihero

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Johnny Marr – Guitar Antihero

One of the finest guitarists and composers to emerge from the early days of alternative rock, Johnny Marr’s virtuosic yet understated approach has indelibly influenced an entire generation of modern bands. After his seminal work with The Smiths in the 1980s, his career has taken him through a diverse range of successful collaborations that include…

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Setting Guitar Intonation using your Boss Tuner

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Setting Guitar Intonation using your Boss Tuner

While keyboard players have the luxury of taking their instruments out of the case, plugging them in and simply playing them, guitarists have to go through the routine of tuning them before — and usually during — every performance or recording session. Paul White, Editor-in-chief of Sound on Sound magazine, shares his tips for keeping…

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