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How To Assist Your Child's Learning With The Right Piano

There are tonnes of studies and articles about the benefits of children learning music. Music can play a big part in a child’s development – from memory to patience, plus helping with cognitive and social skills. Music is a universal language that can benefit anyone and everyone, regardless of background and age. So, you’ve decided to get your child started in learning a musical instrument. Congratulations! There are many instruments to choose from. Strings, woodwind, brass, percussion….but unless your child has a strong preference to play a particular instrument, I feel that learning a keyboard instrument is a great place…

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10 Ways To Improve Your Drumming Skills

The best drummers don’t get there by accident. We’ve all watched awestruck, as top drummers play their heart out and make the rest of us want to quit. Yet although they make it look effortless, being a great drummer is hard work. Sure, you expect to practice a lot and find your own style, but…

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Should I Learn on an Electronic or Acoustic Drum Kit?

It’s the big day. You’re down at the Drum Palace, a wad of crisp bills burning a hole in your wallet, ready to blow the lot on a gleaming box-fresh acoustic kit. We hate to interrupt the most exciting day of your life, but back up there a minute. Before you make the knee-jerk choice…

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The Drummer’s Guide To The TD-50 – EQ and Compression

Equalization is a method for balancing the frequency content sound. EQs are used to improve the clarity and audibility of sounds and have been used in nearly every music mix since the very early days of sound recording. EQ comes in many configurations, with the most common being: * High and low-cut filters for reducing…

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The Drummer’s Guide To The TD-50 – Using the Transient Editor

One of the simplest yet most powerful tools in the TD-50 is the transient editor. With this one screen, you can dramatically modify the attack and sustain characteristics of any of the acoustic-style factory sounds of the TD-50. It’s possible to back the attack and release right off, for minimal stick attack with a quick…

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The Drummer’s Guide To The TD-50 – How To Use Pad EFX and Multi EFX

Effects used on drum sounds are great for bringing new life and impact to familiar tones. From big reverb and modulation effects, to distortion and extreme EQ, effects used on drum sounds even give the player the chance to radically alter the nature of a song that they’re playing. Famous and memorable drum sounds with effects include…

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The Drummer’s Guide To The TD-50 – Using the Layer Function with the Roland TD-50

Drum production techniques in the studio are boundless. Over the years, many techniques have been developed by engineers to create larger-than-life drum sounds and one of the most frequently used is layering. A very effective way to significantly change and enhance any drum sound is to build it up incrementally, using different textures that combine…

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Pro Tutorial – Heidi Joubert Demos the EC-10 ELCajon

  When Roland launched the new EC-10 ELCajon at the 2016 NAMM Show, we asked top percussionist Heidi Joubert to show the crowds exactly what this percussion game-changer was capable of. For those of us who weren’t lucky enough to spend January in sunny California though, we also shot these four video demos, in which…

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The Drummer’s Guide To The TD-50 – Using WAV Samples With The TD-50

The sample load capability and myriad of editing possibilities in the TD-50 allows you to freely combine any of the 400+ internal sounds with your own WAV samples to create truly unique and world class sounding drum kits. With basic WAV preparation and a few button presses, it’s easy to load any sound imaginable into…

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The Drummer’s Guide To The TD-50 – Making Your Kit Sound Great

Once you’ve selected and tweaked your TD-50 drum sounds to your liking, the next step is to balance all of the elements, so that the kit feels involving to play and gives the best overall sonic impact. This process in the TD-50 is very similar to mixing down a piece of music, using either an…

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The Drummer’s Guide To The TD-50 – Making Your Hi-Hats Sound Solid

The hi-hat is arguably the most played part of any drum kit. As such, there are many types and sizes of hi-hats that are used by drummers. The TD-50 gives you several vastly different hi-hat sounds that you can fully edit in order to cover all possible musical situations. The TD-50 also offers the ability…