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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…

Starting to play the piano again

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Starting to play the piano again

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As ubiquitous as after-school sports or dance classes, piano lessons are part of nearly everyone’s childhood. While music is undoubtedly a fantastic thing to learn, life can sometimes get in the way of further development. As a child, there’s the thrill of more active pursuits or adventures outdoors. As a teenager and young adult there’s…

Bluetooth could change the way you play piano

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Bluetooth could change the way you play piano

You’ve heard of Bluetooth: the technology that allows short-distance wireless data exchange without a spaghetti junction. You’ve probably already used it for hands-free calls or on your wireless keyboard. But what you might not realise is how Bluetooth could change the way you play piano – because there’s never been a digital model on the…

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Roland Digital Piano Design Awards – Winners Announced

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Roland Digital Piano Design Awards – Winners Announced

Even though Roland has a long history in developing digital pianos, it’s the future of this wonderful instrument that really gets us excited. That’s why, last year, we announced the Roland Digital Piano Design Awards, inviting the planet’s brightest design talents to create a groundbreaking instrument concept that leaps off the drawing-board. With over than…

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KIYOLA KF-10 digital piano: artisan craftsmanship matched with peerless digital technology

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KIYOLA KF-10 digital piano: artisan craftsmanship matched with peerless digital technology

When it comes to music, collaborations often lead to something truly special. We’ve all heard two musicians from different genres strike up a bond resulting in something that’s way more than the sum of its parts. And if it works for musicians, it can also work for the companies who make the instruments they play….

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Create your perfect Roland piano with the Piano Designer app

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Create your perfect Roland piano with the Piano Designer app

Roland digital pianos include a wide range of piano sounds, keeping you interested and making practice more varied and enjoyable. But what about once you’ve tried the preset models? With most digital pianos, you’re stuck with the ‘factory’ sounds, and have little or no scope to change them. Choose certain Roland pianos though, and the…

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Nils Frahm on his favourite vintage music gear

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Nils Frahm on his favourite vintage music gear

Nils Frahm is a magician. Not only because he leaves people at his live gigs wondering “How on earth did he do that?!”, but no other piano player around today can fuse so seamlessly ‘straight’ piano composition and a complex weave of digital loops, tape echo and analogue warmth. Nils talks to us about BBC6…

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Useful Features on a Digital Piano

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Useful Features on a Digital Piano

As well as providing an authentic reproduction of an acoustic piano, a digital piano will also offer many other features that will enhance your playing so if you’re only familiar with acoustic pianos, reading the features list of a typical digital piano can be a bit baffling. To help make things clearer, let’s look at…

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Connecting a Digital Piano to a Computer

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Connecting a Digital Piano to a Computer

While many digital pianos have built-in tools for learning and making music, you can expand your possibilities even further through your PC. A digital piano can be easily connected to your Windows or Mac computer opening up a universe of music education, composition, and recording software to explore. One of the main reasons you might…

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Digital Piano Action Explained

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Digital Piano Action Explained

Having a good quality piano action is essential if you are to develop a good piano technique. Let’s start by looking at the feel and response of the keys. Every time you press a key on an acoustic piano, a hammer strikes a string causing the string to vibrate and sound a note. The hammer…

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Setting Up a Digital Piano In Your Home

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Setting Up a Digital Piano In Your Home

Setting up a digital piano in your home is very straight forward with only a few things to consider: If you purchase a piano from a local dealer, they will invariably deliver it for you already assembled – that’s part of the service. If you buy it online from a non-local dealer, it will arrive…

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