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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…

Why is the Blues Cube my ideal gigging amp?

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Why is the Blues Cube my ideal gigging amp?

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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…

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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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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How tough are Boss guitar effects pedals?

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How tough are Boss guitar effects pedals?

By Roland and Boss Canada Boss guitar effects pedals have the reputation of being tough, but how tough are they really? Roland Canada decided to put them to the test. And not just any test. They went above and beyond what any sane musician would ever do to a piece of gear to prove that Boss…

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Roland Cube Street – the Perfect Portable Guitar Amp

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Roland Cube Street – the Perfect Portable Guitar Amp

An oil tanker can take over six miles to make a turn and in many way s musicians’ opinions can be just as difficult to change. Take low-wattage battery-powered amplifiers for example — they may be OK for widdling away in front of the TV but they are grossly underpowered and invariably sound like a…

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The truth about true bypass and buffered guitar pedals

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The truth about true bypass and buffered guitar pedals

By Paul White (editor-in-chief of Sound On Sound magazine)  Guitar players are a funny lot — I should know as I’m one of them. While multi-effects floor units allow the player to create, save and recall a multitude of effect combinations, many players still favour putting together their own pedalboard using separate pedals, even though…

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Choosing a guitar practice amp

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Choosing a guitar practice amp

By night, it’s all about spotlights, scissor-kicks and stack amps. But by day, you’re more likely to find the average musician hunched alone in a bedroom, coffee on the side, working on speed-picking at a volume that won’t have the bloke downstairs banging on the ceiling. To improve, you need to practise. To practise effectively,…

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Choosing A Portable Guitar Amp

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Choosing A Portable Guitar Amp

Respect to the towering 4×12 stack – but if you’ve ever tried humping one eight stops on the Circle Line, you’ll understand why someone had to invent the portable amp. Let’s say you’re a busker, a road-warrior or a musical free spirit who refuses to be handcuffed to plug sockets and four-way adaptors. If so,…

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Picking the perfect Guitar Amp

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Picking the perfect Guitar Amp

When choosing a new amplifier, you’ll quickly realise that the choice is staggering. Hitting the forums often confuses the matter when impassioned guitar-heads debate which amp Jimi Hendrix would’ve played. Firstly, money does not guarantee you good tone and having countless features that you don’t use won’t substitute having an amp with a few really useful features….

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What Is Amp Modelling?

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What Is Amp Modelling?

Due to constantly advancing digital technology, even the most die-hard tone masters are enjoying the benefits of the latest amp modelling products. Even famous artists now rely on the convenience and range of tones available from amp modelling whether they are performing or practising or writing on the road or in the studio. If you’re…

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