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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 to Get New Sounds for Your Roland Synth

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How to Get New Sounds for Your Roland Synth

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Synthesizers are incredible instruments. With an abundance of sounds and options available to you, your tonal choices never dry up! With USB, MIDI, and editing software, it has never been easier to create, tweak, store, recall and import custom sounds in and out of your synthesizer. If you want to look further than the presets…

Roland TB-03 and TR-09: A Classic Pair Resurrected

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Roland TB-03 and TR-09: A Classic Pair Resurrected

In the past few years, we have seen a huge resurgence in both analog and digital hardware. Eurorack modular synthesizer systems have exploded in popularity and vintage synth prices have skyrocketed. The tactile experience of using hardware instruments is drawing artists back to tabletops filled with drum machines and synthesizers. The original Roland TB-303 Bass…

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Get the most out of your Roland Boutique with MIDI Mapping

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Get the most out of your Roland Boutique with MIDI Mapping

The Roland Boutiques have had rave reviews ever since their release. These versatile and exquisite sounding modules allow access to rare and classic Roland instruments at a great price, in a portable and easy-to-use format. Along with the astounding TR-09 drum machine, the Boutique series also includes the powerful TB-03 Bass Line synth and the…

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CREATING BEATS FOR DANCE STYLES WITH THE DJ-808

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CREATING BEATS FOR DANCE STYLES WITH THE DJ-808

In this article, we’ll show you how to create some typical breaks on the DJ-808. Whether you play House, Drum and Bass, Trap or Electro, you can use the TR-S on the DJ-808 to incorporate live drum elements into your mix and make your sets stand out from the crowd. The videos included here will…

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Did you know a SYSTEM-8 synth can do this?

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Did you know a SYSTEM-8 synth can do this?

The SYSTEM-8 PLUG-OUT Synthesizer features amazing recreations of the JUPITER-8 and JUNO-106. However, its core synthesis engine is very powerful and unique sounding on its own. Our previous synthesis tutorials had examples that are easy to replicate on most subtractive synths. The 7 synth tips in this tutorial are ones that take advantage of some…

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7 More Hidden Features of the Roland Boutiques

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7 More Hidden Features of the Roland Boutiques

Introduced in 2016 to much excitement and acclaim, Roland’s Boutique modules have won hearts and minds. The Boutique series use Roland’s ACB technology to recreate classic, rare (and now, expensive!) Roland synthesizers and drum machines at an affordable price, in a small, modular format. Following the success of the first round of Boutiques, namely the…

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Your Guide to using the Roland DJ-808 with Serato DJ

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Your Guide to using the Roland DJ-808 with Serato DJ

The Roland DJ-808 is an exceptionally powerful DJ performance instrument. Featuring an onboard TR sequencer, low latency platters and AIRA Link, the DJ-808 can truly take live DJ performances to the next level. However, the DJ-808 is only half of the equation. Without understanding Serato DJ software, you won’t be getting the most out of…

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Using Your Roland Boutique with Ableton Live

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Using Your Roland Boutique with Ableton Live

With iconic and legendary Roland instruments now available in studio and stage friendly modules, the Roland Boutique series gives you the ability to bring classic sounds to your mixes. Maybe you’ve always wanted a Jupiter-8 style pad, a TR-909 sounding kick or a gritty TR-303 bass line in your music, but an original model isn’t…

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How well do you know these recording terms?

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How well do you know these recording terms?

Whether it’s Absorption, Diffusion, Condensers, Polarity or Phase, the jargon of recording can be confusing. We’ve put together this resource to help you navigate the language of recording and sort out your DAWs from your Drivers. Read on and test your knowledge of the recording process…     A-D E-M N-W ABSORBTION (Acoustic): The Process…

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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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