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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…

How 3 Boss Pedals Changed the World – Part 2

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How 3 Boss Pedals Changed the World – Part 2

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As we discovered in our previous article, effects pedals prior to 1977 were quite clunky. Big and cumbersome, effects pedals were barely on the average guitar player’s radar throughout most of the 70s. This was due to the high cost, low production numbers and inconvenient nature of these boxes. BOSS changed all that in 1977,…

How 3 BOSS Pedals Changed the World – PART 1

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How 3 BOSS Pedals Changed the World – PART 1

If you’re a guitar player, there’s an extremely good chance that you’ll have used, are currently using, or plan to use, BOSS Compact Pedals at some stage in your life. Often considered a “Gold Standard” in design, sound and practicality, BOSS Compact Pedal sales reach over 15 million units worldwide. These beloved little stompboxes are…

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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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The guitar synth for everyone

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The guitar synth for everyone

With the new Boss SY-300, proper guitar synthesis is back on the agenda; this time through a standard jack cable. Paul White, Editor-in-Chief of Sound on Sound magazine, recalls his first encounter with a Roland guitar synth and explains why he’s so excited about the latest one… My first encounter with a guitar synth was…

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Old-school circuitry behind the BOSS Waza Craft pedal

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Old-school circuitry behind the BOSS Waza Craft pedal

  You’ve probably heard about the new BOSS Waza Craft series: a fistful of special-edition stompboxes that walk the tightrope between vintage tone and razor-edge operation. But if you’ve investigated the BOSS DM-2W Delay, it’s possible you’ve been left confused by references to ‘bucket brigade device’ (BBD). If so, here’s our wham-bam explanation of what’s going…

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New CUBE-10GX Practice Amp

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New CUBE-10GX Practice Amp

  You never forget your first amp. Just make sure it’s for the right reasons. After all, there’s nothing worse than firing your life-savings at a fast-talking eBay seller – then ripping open the box to find you’ve been sold a pup that’s too big/small/puny/noisy/awful (delete as applicable). If an amp doesn’t tick your boxes,…

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Boss GP-10 Guitar Processor with amps and pedal boards

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Boss GP-10 Guitar Processor with amps and pedal boards

  Alex Hutchings and Jay Dawe from Boss demonstrate how to use the Boss GP-10 guitar processor in a typical guitar rig of pedal board and guitar amp. They discuss how they made their patches, give playing examples and show the huge potential, unique tones and endless variety available from this innovative and affordable guitar…

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New Boss VE-2 Vocal Harmonist – arriving in June 2014

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New Boss VE-2 Vocal Harmonist – arriving in June 2014

The Boss VE-2 Vocal Harmonist will be available to buy instore from your local Roland and Boss UK dealer in June 2014. If you’re a singing guitarist or a solo vocalist, the VE-2 makes it easy to achieve polished vocal sounds with rich harmonies everywhere you perform. Compact and affordable, the VE-2 features automatic harmonies that can be controlled…

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BOSS GT-100 Version 2.0 Update Out Now

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BOSS GT-100 Version 2.0 Update Out Now

The BOSS GT-100 Version 2.0 is here! BOSS’ top-of-the-line guitar floor processor gets a big performance upgrade, adding even more great features for stage and studio playing. Available as a free download for all GT-100 owners, Version 2.0 makes the flagship multi-effects more powerful than ever before, with new amps and effects, enhanced USB audio…

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New Boss GP-10 Guitar Processor

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New Boss GP-10 Guitar Processor

Featuring a powerful instrument modelling engine and diverse multi-effects, the new Boss GP-10 Guitar Processor puts an incredible sonic spectrum under your fingers. Driven by BOSS’ acclaimed COSM technology, the GP-10 gives you instant access to guitar, bass, and synth models, tuning changes, and world-class amps and effects, all in one convenient pedal. In addition…

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