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Here we see the characteristic 'hump' just above the turnover frequency of a shelving filter. There's something happening when I master my mixes that I can't find an explanation for. This has been bothering me for nearly two years, so I thought it was time to call the experts After maximising my mix, so that the level of the audio is just below the point of clipping, if I insert a high-pass filter at, say, 40Hz, suddenly the audio starts to clip. I thought that after inserting a high-pass filter the level should drop, but this is not the case. I've tried it with several EQs but always with... more



The audio spectrum is the audible frequency range at which humans can hear. The audio spectrum range spans from 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz and can be effectively broken down into seven different frequency bands, with each having a different impact on the total sound. The seven frequency bands are Sub-bass Bass Low midrange Midrange Upper midrange Presence Brilliance Sub Bass 20 to 60 Hz The sub bass provides the first usable low frequencies on most recordings. The deep bass produced in this range is usually felt more than it is heard, providing a sense of power. Many instruments struggle to enter... more



I'm kind of a guitar effects noob so sorry if this is an extremely stupid question. How do you obtain a clean and distorted tone using pedals and amp An example of the kind of sound im looking for is can be found in alot of songs but my primary goal would be the tone that Josh Homme and Troy Van Leeuwen get use in the song 'My God is the Sun Queens of the Stone Age'. I don't know how to achieve this sound, i play the song on my Peavey Bandit 112 but don't know how to dial in the tone nor do I know what type's of pedals i would use. Every time i play it on my Peavey I have no clarity... more



Distortion comes in a huge range of slightly different forms, from subtle analogue warmth to extreme metal fuzz, mild digital imprecision to eardrum-bursting clipping. But what is distortion, what's happening to your signal and why is some distortion 'good' while some is 'bad' Theoretically, distortion refers to any form of processing which changes or perhaps damages the signal. In analogue gear, distortion usually arises when circuits are overloaded. Waveforms get squashed and 'clipped' as the peaks are flattened by the circuit's inability to reproduce higher levels. Imagine feeding a... more



Welcome to part 3 in this series on music production techniques. Think of these as essential audio concepts every self-respecting producer should know This article delves into distortion effects. If you like your audio edgy, gritty and full of attitude, then you simply can't live without distortion. But what is distortion and when is the right time to use it Here I'll delve into the different effects types that can be classed as distortion and some that are very closely related. Distortion Is Distortion Before we get into the different flavors of distortion, it's important to understand... more



There are many ways to get from A to B Transitions and fills can be defined as passages, riffs, rhythmic sections or sounds that connect contiguous musical sections together. You will have heard many of them - indeed, there was probably at least one in the last song you listened to, whether it was a smooth segue between verse and chorus, or an attention-grabbing fill before a drop. Placing a crash cymbal on beat 1, muting track elements and inserting crazy drum fills are just three ways to join disparate sections of a song, but arrangement-bridging methods come in a vast array of forms,... more



If we had to choose one production technique that we reckon has had more profound an effect than any other on the sound of dance music in the 21st century, it would undoubtedly be sidechain compression. Ever since some bright spark first strapped a compressor over their bass bus and fed a 4 4 kick drum into its external key input, producers the world over have been mad for overt sidechaining. Indeed, it's highly likely you already use it as a matter of course. If, however, you've yet to give it a try, this walkthrough is for you... For much more on sidechaining, pick up Computer Music 219... more



Whether you're new to Reason or an Expert, this you'll find this Reason tutorial on how to use sidechain compression in Reason useful. I've been using Propellerhead's Reason DAW for about 15 years now, and I'm going to share all of the secrets to unlocking Reason's incredible sidechain options. Be sure to check out this in-depth tutorial on all sorts of cool, crazy ways to use sidechain compression for cool effects You can download the patches I use for free here. This Reason tutorial is going to start simple, explaining what sidechain compression is and offering simple examples. You can... more



You may have heard about sidechain compression as a tool used to get your kick drums pumping through the mix, especially in EDM. But what is sidechain compression, how does it work, and how can you use it in your mixes It Goes Back To Arrangement Let's say your kick drum sounds great on its own, but it isn't cutting through the mix quite enough. You don't have any more headroom to turn up the kick---if you do, you'll either have to limit your mix so much that it sounds awful, or you'll have to deal with the rest of your mix being really quiet. What do you do Why isn't your kick cutting... more



Nothing says hip-hop like a massive beat. Hollin Jones shows you how to lay down a phat one... Hip-hop is one of those genres of music that just doesn't work without a good beat behind it. Whether you're talking about early beatbox-themed rhythms, mid-skool stuff that heavily samples jazz and funk breaks or more recent hip-hop that uses much more polished and heavily produced beats, the rhythm is king. Stylistically, hip-hop beats can be among the most straightforward to program, since much of the time it's all about providing a foundation for the rapper to spit over. This changes somewhat... more


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