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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…

Recording and mixing vocals; the basics

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Recording and mixing vocals; the basics

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The boom in DAW software means that anyone can start recording vocals at home; you just need a vocalist, a computer, a mic and a little know how. Paul White, editor-in-chief of Sound on Sound magazine shares his tricks and tips for getting it right every time. Vocals are invariably the most important part of…

Roland talk exclusively with David Bowie producer, Tony Visconti

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Roland talk exclusively with David Bowie producer, Tony Visconti

  As David Bowie’s producer since before the Space Oddity album – and sonic architect for everyone from Marc Bolan to Morrissey – Tony Visconti has the world’s ultimate desk job. In this exclusive interview, he talked Bowie, Berlin, the brutal modern industry – and why he won’t be seeing U2 again in a hurry……

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New Boss VE-2 Vocal Harmonist – arriving in June 2014

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New Boss VE-2 Vocal Harmonist – arriving in June 2014

The Boss VE-2 Vocal Harmonist will be available to buy instore from your local Roland and Boss UK dealer in June 2014. If you’re a singing guitarist or a solo vocalist, the VE-2 makes it easy to achieve polished vocal sounds with rich harmonies everywhere you perform. Compact and affordable, the VE-2 features automatic harmonies that can be controlled…

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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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The Brit Awards 2014 – guess who’s using Roland and Boss gear

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The Brit Awards 2014 – guess who’s using Roland and Boss gear

  Bastille use of Boss guitar effects pedals including the DA-2, TE-2 and MO-2, along with Roland TD-4KP V-Drums, SPD-SX and a Roland Juno G. Bastille came down to see us last year as their rise to fame was taking hold. Tight drum beats and festival ready chorus’s are a winning formula. Disclosure-Gaia, SPD-SX, V…

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Roland Connect – New gear from Roland and Boss  2014

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Roland Connect – New gear from Roland and Boss 2014

If you’re a musician and you live in the UK, there are a few things you can be certain of; it’s cold, dark and wet outside, there’s nothing good on TV and there’s a ton of new music gear being announced by Roland and Boss. With the mighty NAMM show just over a week away…

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Gil Norton interview – Adventures In Production

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Gil Norton interview – Adventures In Production

  Gil Norton has worked with some of the biggest names in rock and alternative music. Producing iconic records such as The Colour and The Shape for the Foo Fighters, Dolittle for Pixies and Ocean Rain for Echo and the Bunnymen, Norton’s back catalogue is packed with career topping albums for genre-defining artists. His latest…

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Vaccines – Interview with Freddie Cowan

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Vaccines – Interview with Freddie Cowan

Fresh off the back of supporting The Rolling Stones and smashing Glastonbury with the help of friends Mumford & Sons, The Vaccines axe man Freddie Cowan talks about what’s up in their world right now. If you haven’t seen it, also watch Freddie’s ‘Bad Mood’ guitar lesson. Check out our interview with Freddie Cowan if…

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