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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…

Improve Your Aural Skills with Piano Partner 2

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Improve Your Aural Skills with Piano Partner 2

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When it comes to playing the piano, (or any instrument!), your aural skills are one of the best things you can develop. Developing your aural skills can lead to better playing and better performances. If you’re playing with an ensemble, your ability to play with other musicians will increase as well. Plus, if you ever…

Starting to play the piano again

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Starting to play the piano again

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…

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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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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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Roland piano site and guidebook

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Roland piano site and guidebook

If you’re thinking of buying a piano, there’s a lot to consider apart from the price and how it sounds and looks. Although most people initially think of owning an acoustic piano, sales of digital pianos have been increasing steadily for years, and they now outsell their acoustic counterparts as they’re often more suitable for…

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Piano lessons – Basics of piano-sight reading

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Piano lessons – Basics of piano-sight reading

  Pianist magazine presents piano teacher Tim Stein with the tenth in a series of piano lessons on the basics of playing the piano. Here he shows you how to go about improving your sight-reading. Tim demonstrates on the Roland HP-507 digital piano. Piano lessons – Fingering for Scales and Arpeggios Piano lessons – How…

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Digital pianos FAQ

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Digital pianos FAQ

This digital pianos FAQ is based on questions that we get from customers, which will hopefully help you in deciding and understanding more about digital pianos and which one would be right for you – even if that’s an acoustic one! (Which Roland don’t actually sell) Buying a digital piano, especially your first one, can…

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Piano Lessons – How to start practicing a piece

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Piano Lessons – How to start practicing a piece

There are many things to consider when looking at a piece for the first time. Tempo markings, time and key signatures and getting a sense of the rhythm are all areas that should be studied before you play your first note. In this clip, Tim Stein shows how an understanding of these key areas will…

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Piano Lessons – Fingering for Scales and Arpeggios

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Piano Lessons – Fingering for Scales and Arpeggios

Scales and arpeggios have been an integral part of keyboard technique since before the piano was invented.  Rather than being boring mechanical exercises, scales and arpeggios should form a part of a regular practice routine.  They are very common, so a good a technical grasp of scales is an essential part of your piano technique. …

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Piano Lessons – Piano tone and sound

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Piano Lessons – Piano tone and sound

What is the secret of a beautiful piano tone? The piano is a percussive instrument where the sound is made by a hammer hitting a string. If you hit the key hard, you get a loud sound and if you hit it gently, you get a soft sound. What about all the shades in between,…

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