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The Ultimate Guide to BOSS Loop Stations

Since the release of the first Loop Station, the twin pedal RC-20 in 2001, BOSS have constantly remained at the cutting edge of looping technology and are today the undisputed product leader of this worldwide phenomenon. With a more comprehensive lineup of looper devices available than any other single manufacturer, BOSS Loop Stations satisfy guitar players, beatboxers, DJs, accordion players, singers and producers within the audio looping community. With such a diverse selection of musicians using the wide range of BOSS Loop Stations, it’s fair to say that there is a BOSS Loop Station for everyone.   The more complex the…

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V-Drums Masterclass: Recording Your TD-11, TD-15 and TD-25

Acoustic drum recording is considered by many to be an art form. Finding a balance between equipment, knowledge, patience and money that works for your project is a skill that comes with experience and time. Being a collection of various percussion instruments, a drum kit requires different types of microphones and positioning to make one…

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How to Become a Professional Drummer

From finding gigs and knowing what to charge, to the importance of understanding electronics, here are the basics that you need if you want to become a professional drummer. Every drummer has their heroes, and it’s likely that session luminaries Vinnie Colaiuta, Steve Gadd and Jeff Porcaro feature somewhere on your list. At the music…

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How to Use Hybrid Drums to Give Yourself a Competitive Edge

Although the word ‘hybrid’ is widely used in drumming circles, the technology involved in bringing acoustic and electronic drums together often feels reserved for those with Einstein minds, or for drummers who play big stages with famous artists. However, this is far from the truth – and if you think hybrid drums are out of…

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Quick Start Guide to the Roland TD-50 V-Drums

So you’ve splashed out on the TD-50 kit… CONGRATULATIONS! We know that you’re busting to jump on and start playing, so we’ve put together a list of essential must do’s to give you the best possible experience. Contributed by Simon Ayton for the Roland Australia Blog Right-handers: First, lay the two curved pieces down on…

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Clicks & Giggles: How The Metronome Can Be Your Best Friend

For many drummers, the mere thought of playing to a click strikes fear into the heart. On the flip-side, there are many others for who the click is their best friend. Playing comfortably with a metronome can open up many avenues for a drummer and help you to think of it as your best friend,…

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Performing Live with V-Drums and Electronic Percussion

As drummers know, we don’t always have the easiest gig. Sounds engineers, bandmates and even audience members offer plenty of input. This can be anything from telling us to control our volume levels, reduce our kits or broadening our sonic horizons to attract interesting, regular work. Heeding this advice can bring its own issues. It…

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A Drummer’s Guide to Quiet Practice

Let’s face it – drums are loud. Of course, that’s part of the fun. But the sheer volume of an acoustic kit can make it a challenge for drummers to practise at home – not to mention a headache for housemates, neighbours and anyone else in the postcode. It’s frustrating when you can’t hit as…

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How To Add Samples To Your V-Drums

Read this article to find out how you can add samples to your favourite V-Drums kit and get more out of your drum setup.

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The Complete Guide to the SPD-SX Sample Pad

Since their release in 2003, the SPD series sampling pads have become one of the most widely used electronic instruments for drummers. Being able to record and playback any sound with the hit of a pad or stomp of a foot-switch allows musicians to expand their creative possibilities enormously. In this blog, we’ll explore the typical day-to-day uses and functions of the…

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Improvements through Tweaking

From edition #3 of digitalDrummer Magazine While your module may seem ready to play when it’s unpacked for the first time, it needs to be adjusted to suit your needs and your equipment line-up.