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    Synth FX: Part 2

    The History Of Onboard Synth Effects

    In Part 1, we saw how manufacturers realised that putting DSP effects on synths made for great sales. Subsequently, they twigged that it was also a good idea to let us take them off again (selectively), and route and adjust them ourselves.

    Techniques Apr 1999
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    Creating Reverse Reverb

    Tips & Tricks

    Paul White conjures up a nostalgic tape effect using an MIDI + Audio sequencer.

    Techniques Dec 1998
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    Creative Use Of Effects

    Tips & Tricks

    All recording setups incorporate effects devices of one sort or another, but it's easy to end up using them only in the same predictable ways. Roger Jackson introduces some more imaginative ways to freshen up your productions.

    Techniques Nov 1998
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    Where To Use Processors & Why: Part 6

    Tips & Techniques

    With so much high-end analogue processing gear using valves these days, it's easy to assume that they invariably equate to a better sound — but that's not always the case. Paul White explains.

    Techniques Mar 1998
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    Where To Use Processors & Why: Part 5

    Delay & Echo

    Delay, originally called echo, is one of the oldest artificial effects, yet it can still be one of the most impressive — if used with care. Paul White explains the potential problems and how to avoid them.

    Techniques Feb 1998
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    Where To Use Processors & Why: Part 4

    Chorus / Phasing / Flanging

    Chorus, phasing and flanging are very common processes, but they don't always achieve the effect you hoped for. Paul White offers a few tips.

    Techniques Jan 1998
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    Where To Use Processors & Why: Part 3

    Reverb

    Paul White explains why a great reverb doesn't always make a mix sound better.

    Techniques Dec 1997
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    Multi-effects Explained: Part 5

    Summing Up

    Paul White concludes his series with an exhortation to unleash your creativity...

    Techniques Nov 1997
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    Where To Use Processors & Why: Part 2

    Enhancers

    Last month Paul White covered gates and compressors; this month it's up to enhancers to justify their existence...

    Techniques Nov 1997
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    Multi-effects Explained: Part 4

    Using MIDI To Add Dynamics

    Paul White looks at how MIDI can be used to turn static effects into dynamic ones.

    Techniques Oct 1997
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    Where To Use Processors & Why: Part 1

    Gates & Compressors

    Paul White offers a little practical advice on the application of signal processing during recording and mixing.

    Techniques Oct 1997
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    Multi-effects Explained: Part 3

    Effects Order: Which Is Best?

    Having looked at the various types of effects available, Paul White explains the importance of the order in which these effects are applied.

    Techniques Sep 1997
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    Multi-effects Explained: Part 2

    Useful Processors

    Modern multi-effects units provide all sorts of useful processors in addition to the more usual reverb and delay-based effects. Paul White discusses the extras you might find inside your effects box and how best to use them.

    Techniques Aug 1997
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    Multi-effects Explained: Part 1

    FX Building Blocks

    To start off this short series on multi-effects programming, Paul White explores the key building blocks found in today's versatile units.

    Techniques Jul 1997
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    Psychoacoustic Enhancers

    Exploration

    Paul White looks at the different ways in which the leading enhancers produce their results, and offer some practical advice on where the various types work best.

    Techniques May 1997
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    Compressors

    Exploration

    These days a compressor is pretty much an essential purchase if you're recording vocals or non-keyboard instruments. Paul White looks at how they operate, and how they can be used both to control levels and to fatten sounds.

    Techniques Apr 1997
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    Using Short Delays To Create Up-front Ambience

    Tips & Tricks

    Craig Anderton explains how you can use your multi-effects unit to create contemporary short delay treatments.

    Techniques Jan 1997
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    Improving The Sound Of Your Reverb

    Tips & Tricks

    Paul White goes into economy mode and tries to coax an extra degree of realism out of a budget studio reverb unit.

    Techniques Aug 1996
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    Buying An Effects Processor

    Feature | Tips & Tricks

    What would modern popular music be like without effects? Can you imagine rock without distortion? Ambient techno without delays? New age without reverb? Effects are second only in importance to the instrument needed to produce the music in the first place. Over the next nine pages, Derek Johnson and Debbie Poyser present their guide to what's on the effects market today...

    Techniques Jun 1996
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    Reverb & Psychoacoustics

    Exploration

    Paul White explores a few ways of taking nature's most common audio phenomenon and manipulating it to create special effects.

    Techniques Jun 1996
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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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