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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…

What is a Vocoder?

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What is a Vocoder?

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HISTORY The vocoder was developed in 1928 by Bell Labs, and first demonstrated in 1939 at the New York World’s Fair. Its intended use was to reduce the bandwidth of voice information, allowing it to be transferred across further distances. Unfortunately, the voice reproduction of these early systems was not great and they were never…

The Ultimate Guide To The AIRA MX-1 Mix Performer

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The Ultimate Guide To The AIRA MX-1 Mix Performer

The humble mixer has long played a significant part in music creation and performance. Dub music for instance, was pivotal in moving the mixing console to centre stage, where it became an instrument in itself. Dub music showed the world the wondrous possibilities and creative power of the mixing desk, demonstrating that it could be…

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The story behind the new Roland SYSTEM-500 Modular Synth

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The story behind the new Roland SYSTEM-500 Modular Synth

Josh Holley is head honcho of Texas guitar-pedal manufacturers Malekko, and a self-confessed synth nut. So when Malekko was invited to collaborate with Roland on a modern reboot of the iconic SYSTEM-700 and 100M analogue modular synths, perhaps it’s no wonder he felt a little awestruck. “It’s a lot of responsibility,” he recalls in this…

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TR-707 and TR-727 Rhythm Expansions now available for AIRA TR-8

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TR-707 and TR-727 Rhythm Expansions now available for AIRA TR-8

When the AIRA TR-8 arrived earlier this year, there was plenty of hype. Roland had decided to return to the mighty TR-808, often cited as the most influential drum machine of all time. The TR-909, the younger, tougher sibling focusing on techno and house, was also part of the deal, so you basically got two…

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Roland Aira Updates Now Available

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Roland Aira Updates Now Available

  With the release of Roland Aira version 1.1 system update, we’ve listened carefully to user-feedback on what functionality they would most like to see incorporated. Aira users can now enjoy expanded customisation options, better USB functionality, improved MIDI communication and much more. Let’s take an in-depth look at all the changes to each of…

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Aira SH-101 Plug-Out Synth – Watch the World Premiere in full

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Aira SH-101 Plug-Out Synth – Watch the World Premiere in full

  Watch the world premiere of the SH-101 Plug-Out synth as David Ålhund (Roland Expert, V-Topia, NUDE, Tweeky) demonstrates the new software synth running on the new Aira System-1 synth, giving the attendees an exclusive first look at this new Roland hardware and software. He also delivered his signature performance with the Aira TR8, TB3…

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Roland TB-303 acid house flashback

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Roland TB-303 acid house flashback

  Image from ‘Forward to the Past 2′ on PokerFlat Recordings. www.pokerflat-recordings.com The machine that put a smile on the faces of electronic dance music lovers all over the world, without even realizing—the incomparable Roland TB-303 Bass Line. It’s hard to make a definitive statement these days without kicking off an almighty flame war, but we’re…

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Take It Today

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Take It Today

What is Take it Today? Take it Today is a new finance scheme run by Roland to help with the purchase of Roland musical instruments.  The scheme is available through participating music dealers in the UK.  Three options are available: Representative Example – 9 MONTHS INTEREST FREE FINANCE Interest free finance (representative 0% APR) is…

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Roland AIRA electronic dance music products arrive in the UK

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Roland AIRA electronic dance music products arrive in the UK

Some people said it would never happen. That Roland would never reissue some of the classic products from its back catalogue. And even if we did, that they wouldn’t sound a patch on the originals. And after Roland AIRA was announced last month, the debates began, speculation reached fever pitch, the rave reviews started coming in,…

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What is AIRA?

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What is AIRA?

With roots in the very origins of electronic music, AIRA is a new series of products designed to meet the evolving needs of today’s electronic musicians. In the studio or on the stage, AIRA brings genre-defining sounds and modern performance features to a new generation. While computers dominate so many music production activities today, artists…

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