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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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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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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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How To Set Up A Pedalboard For Your Guitar Effects

Once you’ve been bitten by the effects bug, you’ll need to manage your pedals properly to avoid a weak tone, a spaghetti junction of wires and an overflowing gigbag. Make like the pros with this step-by-step video guide. First, you’ll learn the correct order to hook up your stompboxes – also known as the signal…

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Reverb Guitar Effects Pedals Explained

You might be playing guitar in a cramped garage or a poky bedroom – but it’ll sound like you’re gigging a cathedral when you step on a quality reverb pedal. Reverb brings a sense of space, depth and drama to even the most basic guitar parts, and as this video shows, few effects deliver more…

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Delay Guitar Effects Pedals Explained

Nothing gives your guitar tone a shot of instant atmosphere like delay. All delay pedals work on the same basic principle, creating an echo of the note you just played, and while the results might sound complex to first-timers, this video reveals just how simple it is to use delay in a variety of different…

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