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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…

Lawrence Insula and JD-XA synth: live keys with Rita Ora

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Lawrence Insula and JD-XA synth: live keys with Rita Ora

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Nobody said session work was a walk in the park. Four years back, when bassist Lawrence Insula began working with British pop phenomenon Rita Ora, he found himself pushed outside his comfort zone. “I’d always played electric bass,” he tells us, “but I needed to learn synthesis, because a lot of the songs I was…

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

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…

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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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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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The Revenge has an original TR-909 signed by Jeff Mills

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The Revenge has an original TR-909 signed by Jeff Mills

It’s hard to think of many more sought after vintage pieces of music hardware than the Roland TR-909 drum-machine. The Revenge (AKA Scottish DJ/Producer Graeme Clark) has one, along with the TR-606 Drumatix (complete with original carrying-case) and a battle-scarred TR-505. What makes The Revenge’s ‘909 even more desirable is that his unit has been…

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Producers talk Roland gear at ADE 2015

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Producers talk Roland gear at ADE 2015

ADE is Amsterdam’s yearly gathering of the electronic tribes where the great and the good hook up, network and share their passion for electronic music and production. With well over 2000 artists performing over the course of the event and dance music luminaries lurking in every venue, where better for Roland to hook up with…

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Massive Attack in the studio with Roland AIRA

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Massive Attack in the studio with Roland AIRA

Massive Attack have been pushing the boundaries since the mid ‘80s, effortlessly fusing music with politics and controversy like no other band. They’re also masters of the collaboration, working with Portishead, Liz Fraser, Horace Andy, and Damon Albarn to name just a few. We recently got some studio time with the band as they checked…

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Download the Nick Rhodes JD-XA Synth Collection now

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Download the Nick Rhodes JD-XA Synth Collection now

Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes is one of the best-known synth players on the planet and since the early 80s, Roland synths have become an integral part of the Duran Duran sound. Back in 1982, Nick used the Roland Jupiter-4 to create the arpeggio-driven intro to Rio and the rest is history, with over 100 million…

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