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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…

Joseph Nelson and the Roland keyboards on tour with Jess Glynne

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Joseph Nelson and the Roland keyboards on tour with Jess Glynne

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After seven years in the session world, Joseph Nelson knows what he needs from a synthesizer. The keys man wouldn’t have traded in his trusty Roland JUPITER-50 unless there was something pretty special to take its place, but as he reveals in this exclusive video interview, with the JUPITER-80, he’s found “the most important keyboard…

Berenice Scott on writing & touring with the JUNO-DS88 workstation

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Berenice Scott on writing & touring with the JUNO-DS88 workstation

As an acclaimed songwriter and session ace, Berenice Scott never stops. One day, she might be on tour with Tony Visconti or Heaven 17. The next, she could be back on home turf in London, composing original material and tracking it with her band. Luckily, she found a little time to talk to Roland… When…

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How to make music with a computer: the basics

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How to make music with a computer: the basics

Not long ago, home recording on four and eight track tape machines could produce workable demos. Studio quality recording, mixing and mastering however, were only in reach of those who had the money to hire out a professional recording studio. These days, with computer power on the rise and very affordable hardware and software, digital…

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Learn how to program a synth in 7 easy steps

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Learn how to program a synth in 7 easy steps

The real power of a synthesizer is its ability to craft and control the sound, allowing musicians to create their own custom tones. Synthesizers can seem overwhelming at first, but most have similar controls and follow the same signal flow. This allows synth knowledge to be transferred between instruments. Below are seven tutorials that will…

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Vince Watson talks Roland gear, analog vs digital, and the origins of Techno

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Vince Watson talks Roland gear, analog vs digital, and the origins of Techno

Vince Watson is a hopeless synth hoarder. To walk into the DJ’s Amsterdam studio is to enter a treasure-trove of vintage, modern, cult and leftfield hardware, hunted down since adolescence, and deployed on club classics from Mystical Rhythm to Biologique. For this Scottish-born 41-year-old, every synth tells a story, reminding him of roots on Glasgow’s…

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Jack Garratt on becoming a one-man band with Roland SPD-SX

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Jack Garratt on becoming a one-man band with Roland SPD-SX

Drums. Keys. Guitar. Bass. Vocals. Live, Jack Garratt does the lot, and as the Brit Award-winning artist reveals in this video interview, it’s all thanks to the unit he calls “the brain”: his Roland SPD-SX Sampling Pad. “I got my hands on one and I went a bit crazy with it, tried to find a…

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What Roland keys are being played on the Ellie Goulding tour?

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What Roland keys are being played on the Ellie Goulding tour?

Touring an album as epic as Ellie Goulding’s Delirium was always going to be a challenge. Fortunately, as we found out last month at the Liverpool Echo Arena, the singer has one of the most forward-thinking bands in the business, committed to chasing down every last sound from the studio. Typical of this new breed…

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7 Useful Patches for the AIRA Effector Modules

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7 Useful Patches for the AIRA Effector Modules

The AIRA Effector Modules are extremely versatile tools that have a lot to add to any modular rig. Using the AIRA Modular Customizer, they can be reconfigured to perform an almost infinite variety of functions. There are 31 different modules to choose from, including oscillators, envelopes, filters, delay and more. Here are some useful patches…

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Inside the AIRA Modular Customizer

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Inside the AIRA Modular Customizer

The AIRA Modular Customizer brings a whole virtual modular synthesizer to your AIRA Modular EFX module. This article explains more about the “synth behind the synth” available for the new BITRAZER, DEMORA, TORCIDO and SCOOPER modules. Originally published by Christian Moraga for the Roland Australia Blog If you are a fan of electronic music, you…

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Seven Hidden Features of the Roland Boutique Synths

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Seven Hidden Features of the Roland Boutique Synths

The JP-8, JX-3P and Juno-106 synthesizers stand as stalwarts of their time. Released between 1981 and 1984, each produced classic synth lines to countless music genres. Many of the original synths have found their way into collector’s hands and in good condition are valued into the thousands of dollars. The JP-08, JX-03 and JU-06 Roland…

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