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    Compression & Limiting

    Exploration

    Paul White looks at the many parameters which govern compression, how to improve your recording technique, and how not to throw the baby out with the bathwater.

    Techniques Apr 1996
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    EQ: A New Perspective

    Exploration

    You might think that EQ is simply a tone control, but as Paul White explains, it's really a powerful mind-manipulating tool inextricably linked to the survival of the species!

    Techniques Feb 1996
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    Drawmer DS201 Dual Gate Tips

    Practical Gating Techniques

    There's more to gating than just getting rid of unwanted noise: the humble noise gate is capable of truly creative studio trickery. David Mellor reveals some of the unusual uses for your Drawmer DS201, but if you don't own a DS201, don't despair: these tips can be adapted for most good quality gates.

    Techniques Jan 1996
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    Vintage FX: Faking Tape Loop Echo

    Tips & Techniques

    With so much interest in vintage synths, it's easy to overlook the fact that many classic sounds owed just as much to the tape delays being used at the time as to the instruments themselves. Paul White shows you how to fake the effect.

    Techniques Dec 1995
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    Digital Delay Tactics

    Tips & Techniques

    Digital delay tends to be taken very much for granted, but the majority of today's studio effects would be impossible without it. Paul White describes how to set up your own DDL effects from scratch.

    Techniques Apr 1995
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    How To Patch Effects & Processors

    Tips & Techniques

    The roles of the various signal processors and effects used in audio production are pretty well understood by most musicians, but it's not always obvious where they should be patched into the signal chain to give the best results.

    Techniques Mar 1995
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    EQ: How & When To Use It

    Tips & Techniques

    Equalisation is one of the most powerful tools in your sonic toolkit and can be your greatest enemy or your greatest ally in the battle for the perfect sound. David Mellor gives advice on how and when best to use it.

    Techniques Mar 1995
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    How Enhancers Work

    Exploration

    Exciters and enhancers are often mentioned in SOS, but what exactly do they do to your sound, and how do the various types differ? Paul White explains.

    Techniques Feb 1995
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    Compressing Your Mix

    Tips & Techniques

    Paul White proves once again that nothing succeeds like excess. This time he patches in two compressors and a limiter to deal with a minor dynamic range problem...

    Techniques Dec 1994
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    Getting The Best From Your Leslie Simulator

    Tips & Techniques

    Using a Leslie no longer means dragging around a large wooden cabinet crammed with rotating speakers. More and more modern units and simulators are now available, and Nick Magnus dons his prog rock mantle to explain how to get the most from them.

    Techniques Nov 1994
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    FX Shopping For Illusions: Buying A Multi-effects Unit

    Tips & Techniques

    In two minds about which multi-effects box to choose? Craig Anderton provides some helpful pointers on what features to look for during your next shopping spree.

    Techniques Oct 1994
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    Using Amps As Effects

    Tips & Techniques

    We've got so used to DI'ing keyboards that miking up an amp is something that never occurs to some people. Paul White explores the benefits of getting out the mics and plugging in the amp.

    Techniques Sep 1994
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    Using Effects With Keyboards

    Tips & Techniques

    Most of us can set up a suitable vocal reverb treatment, but what's the best way to deal with all those synthesized and sampled instruments? Paul White offers a few suggestions.

    Techniques Jul 1994
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    Boss SE-50 on Vocoder patch

    Power Vocoding

    Using The Boss SE-50 & SE-70's Vocoder Patches

    There's more to vocoders than 'Mister Blue Sky' — and with the vocoders available on some current multi-effects processors, creative vocoding is now available to almost anyone.

    Techniques Jan 1994
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    Pitch Shifter

    Paul White examines 3 different tips & tricks to help with vocals, guitars, and MIDI production.

    Techniques Jan 1994

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