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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…

Do You Want Killer Backing Tracks For Your Loop Station?

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Do You Want Killer Backing Tracks For Your Loop Station?

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You have just finished recording a new song with a great multi-synth backing track that you’d really love to perform live. Sure you could hire an army of synth players every time you’re booked but that’d get very expensive very quickly. Your best bet is to get your recording engineer to give you a copy…

The Definitive Beginner’s Guide To Looping

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The Definitive Beginner’s Guide To Looping

Live looping has quickly become a technique that has taken the art of live performance to a whole new level! Any musician, from bedroom producers to guitar gods, can add their own flair to their part, solo or track by using a Loop Station live on stage. Looping can even inspire a completely new song…

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Take Control with the ES-8 Switching System

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Take Control with the ES-8 Switching System

  An Effects Power User Dives Deep with Advanced BOSS Gear Sef, the lead guitarist for the Canadian alternative band Your Favorite Enemies, is a pedal fanatic. His board is loaded with a massive selection of stompboxes, which he blends together in highly creative ways to craft his diverse guitar textures. Sef recently replaced a…

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Exploring The Hidden Powers Of The Katana Guitar Amp

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Exploring The Hidden Powers Of The Katana Guitar Amp

With its ultra-responsive feel, gig-ready tones, and versatile onboard effects, the affordable BOSS Katana series is taking the guitar amplifier world by storm. By design, all Katana amps feature an instantly familiar interface that makes it easy to dial in and save great sounds on the fly. But there’s even more power under the hood,…

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What Type of Guitar Effects Pedals Do You Need?

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What Type of Guitar Effects Pedals Do You Need?

Do you know your Flangers from your Phasers? How about the difference between a Vibrato and a Tremolo? This article categorises and explains the most common guitar effects pedals, so you can find the tone you need to create your perfect guitar sound. There are four main categories of effect used to create guitar tones:…

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Using Multi-Effects to Create your Perfect Guitar Sound

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Using Multi-Effects to Create your Perfect Guitar Sound

So you’ve started learning electric guitar, you’ve found a guitar and an amplifier that you like. They sound great together but now you really want to wail like David Gilmour, play with delay like The Edge or conjure up your very own signature tone. Using just your guitar and amp won’t cut it; the next…

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Why is the Blues Cube my ideal gigging amp?

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Why is the Blues Cube my ideal gigging amp?

Paul White, editor-in-chief of Sound On Sound, on life with his trusty Blues Cube guitar amp… This article was prompted by my quest for the ideal gigging amplifier. Some say that because I’ve suffered for my music, I make sure everybody else does too, but I couldn’t possibly comment! Although I’ve owned some really nice guitars…

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Inside a Guitar Amplifier – Part. 1

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Inside a Guitar Amplifier – Part. 1

Guitar amplifiers are unique in the world of music. Generally, an electronic audio amplifier will be a device that makes a source signal louder. Electric guitar amplifiers however, are capable of so much more. Guitar amplifiers imprint their own sonic signatures onto a player’s sound and significantly alter the way that the guitar actually feels…

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Use a switching system to get the most from your effect pedals

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Use a switching system to get the most from your effect pedals

Paul White, editor in chief of Sound on Sound, explores the merits of adding an effects switching system to your guitar pedal setup. The beauty of buying specific guitar effects pedals for specific tasks means that you can create your own unique set of effect combinations without being restricted to a single manufacturer. While the…

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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?

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…

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