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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…

Roland talk exclusively with David Bowie producer, Tony Visconti

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Roland talk exclusively with David Bowie producer, Tony Visconti

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  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……

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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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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Roland & Boss at Bestival 2013

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Roland & Boss at Bestival 2013

One last party of the summer. Or at least that’s what it feels like as the Isle of Wight gets ready for festival seasons final farewell of 2013. Bestival has always been called one of the best of the bunch, largely down to the eclectic music taste of its brain child, Radio 1 DJ Rob…

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Metropolis Session: Shlomo and the RC-505

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Metropolis Session: Shlomo and the RC-505

August 6th, 2013 – It’s the first Tuesday of the month so it can only mean our latest artists sessions at Metropolis Studios in London! We are streaming the night live here, so if you couldn’t make it to the show, you can still catch the great acts we’ve got with us. The latest Roland…

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Roland Session on Secret TV: Migraine by Twenty One Pilots

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Roland Session on Secret TV: Migraine by Twenty One Pilots

Roland sessions have teamed up with Secret TV for a special series of videos with the best new artists on the planet. The videos are all shot in London’s world famous Metropolis studios in the Roland Artist room. The best new and classic Roland gear being used to create one off sessions in the same…

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Gabriella Cilmi on Roland Sessions Live from Metropolis Studios in London

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Gabriella Cilmi on Roland Sessions Live from Metropolis Studios in London

June 4th, 2013 – Metropolis/Roland/PRS sessions are on their 5th night that is hosted at London’s iconic Metropolis studios. Having seen the likes of Jimmi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Queen and newbies Florence and The Machine, Rihanna and Adele, it seemed to be the perfect place to host a night of new and established music. Roland…

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Roland at the Brits

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Roland at the Brits

It’s that time of year again – and the cream of the music industry will gather for an evening of Champagne and celebration (and just a little competitive nudging) to commemorate another year of music in the UK. As ever the nominations list reads like a who’s who of the last 12 months – and…

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Paul Weller, Abbey Road Sessions and Roland

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Paul Weller, Abbey Road Sessions and Roland

A raft of Roland gear is used at Paul Weller’s VW Session at Abbey Road When icons perform we’re always pleased to see Roland and Boss gear in the room. So when living legend Paul Weller performed in the iconic Abbey Road studio,  for a VW Session on Channel 4, we were thrilled to see…

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