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10 ways guaranteed to quickly improve your music production

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10 ways guaranteed to quickly improve your music production

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Getting more from your music production setup doesn't have to be headache-inducing or break the bank; Today, home recording equipment is both affordable and compact, but there’s more to making a good recording than simply hitting the big red button and then playing. We’ve put together a few tips to help you get the best out of your music production setup, regardless of whether you are using DAW recording software, an integrated hardware recorder/mixer or even an old tape machine. It goes without saying that good music production starts with a good performance of a well-arranged song, but even a…

Get the most from your Boss SY-300 Guitar pedal

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Get the most from your Boss SY-300 Guitar pedal

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As an early adopter of Roland’s various guitar synths, including the original all-analogue GR-300 (and numerous others), I was very keen to try out the new Boss SY-300 and you can read my full review in Sound On Sound magazine. During the extensive review period I gained an insight into what the Boss SY-300 does…

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The Science of Bass Overdrive

Originally published by Christian Moraga on the Roland Australia Blog A remark guaranteed to annoy any bass player is that the bass guitar is just a guitar with two less strings and twice as easy to play. This statement couldn’t be further from the truth! Bass guitar (played well!) is one of the most expressive…

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  Artists

Johnny Marr – Guitar Antihero

One of the finest guitarists and composers to emerge from the early days of alternative rock, Johnny Marr’s virtuosic yet understated approach has indelibly influenced an entire generation of modern bands. After his seminal work with The Smiths in the 1980s, his career has taken him through a diverse range of successful collaborations that include…

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Setting Guitar Intonation using your Boss Tuner

While keyboard players have the luxury of taking their instruments out of the case, plugging them in and simply playing them, guitarists have to go through the routine of tuning them before — and usually during — every performance or recording session. Paul White, Editor-in-chief of Sound on Sound magazine, shares his tips for keeping…

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  Product News

The guitar synth for everyone

With the new Boss SY-300, proper guitar synthesis is back on the agenda; this time through a standard jack cable. Paul White, Editor-in-Chief of Sound on Sound magazine, recalls his first encounter with a Roland guitar synth and explains why he’s so excited about the latest one… My first encounter with a guitar synth was…

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Shut up and play your guitar

You know you’re in trouble when you spend more time looking at your gear than beating three chords and the truth from it. Too much reverence is leaving good instruments under-employed. It’s time to kick over the pedestal. As Frank Zappa once said: ‘Shut up and play yer guitar.’ And only polish the thing if…

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An Introduction To Guitar Multi-Effects

Dive into the world of guitar effects and you’ll soon hit a fork in the road. Some guitar players prefer to put together a pick-and-mix of individual stompboxes: a great option if you’ve got the time and the money. As an alternative, this video guide introduces the multi-effects unit: an all-in-one option that in packs…

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An Introduction To The Loop Pedal For Guitar

Watch a singer-songwriter like Ed Sheeran play live and you might be baffled at how he creates epic symphonies of sound with just ten fingers and one guitar. This video lifts the lid on the solo performer’s best friend: the loop pedal. The concept is simple enough: one player records and layers multiple musical phrases…

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Octave & Pitch Guitar Effects Explained

There are plenty of pedals out there to transform your guitar tone: now meet two effects that change the notes themselves. If you’ve heard octave and pitch pedals on record, but don’t know how to get started yourself, this video will let you into the club with a friendly explanation and hands-on demo of each…

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Chorus, Tremolo, Phaser & Flange Guitar Effects Pedals

Hang around with a few guitar mavericks and you’ll soon hear them talk about modulation: an effects category that’s home to some of the weirdest and wildest pedals. The four major modulation effect types – chorus, tremolo, phaser and flange – all bring depth, dimension and movement to your guitar sound, but as you’ll see…

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