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    Modulation Effects

    A Primer

    Do your productions lack texture and movement? Your DAW’s modulation plug‑ins might offer a solution.

    Sound Advice Oct 2022
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    Multi-stage Compression

    Tips & Techniques

    When and why might you want to reach for more than one compressor to process the same signal?

    Techniques . Oct 2022
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    Melodyne Multi FX

    Using Melodyne As A Guitar Processor

    Melodyne can do far more than fix dodgy vocals. It’s also a source of inspirational guitar effects...

    Techniques Oct 2022
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    Drum Compression

    Choosing The Right Settings

    The right compressor settings give you endless power to shape the sound and groove of a multi‑miked drum recording.

    Techniques . Aug 2022
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    Q. Should I compress at the recording stage?

    I’m seeing a lot of conflicting advice about using compression while recording. Some swear by it while others say it’s completely unnecessary with 24‑bit recording and modern converters. Where do you stand on this?

    Sound Advice . Jul 2022
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    EQ: What Do All Those Knobs Do?

    Sound Advice

    The right EQ settings can make a mix — and the wrong ones can make a mess. Our in‑depth guide will help you get more from this all‑important tool.

    Sound Advice Feb 2022
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    Using Guitar Pedals In Parallel

    Practical Tips & Techniques

    Parallel processing while mixing is a common technique — so why not try it with your pedals when recording?

    Techniques Jan 2022
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    Paul White

    ECHO: Back To Basics | Podcast

    From Tape To Plug-Ins

    Paul White looks back over the history of the echo effect, from tape loops through to plug-ins, and explores how modern echo effects can be used as sound design tools.

    Techniques Nov 2021
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    Compression: What Do All Those Knobs Do?

    How To Make Compressors Do What You Want

    Dynamics processing is a core mixing technique, but it’s often misunderstood. We explain how to make a compressor do what you want it to!

    Techniques Nov 2021
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    Eddie Bazil of Samplecraze

    Using Transient Shapers | Podcast

    Expert Production Tips

    In this episode, Eddie Bazil discusses using Transient Shapers in place of EQ and provides six practical examples.

    Techniques Aug 2021
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    How Phasers Work

    Effects Explained

    Have you ever wondered what lies behind the intriguing wobbles and lush swooshes of this classic effect?

    Sound Advice Aug 2021
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    Saturation Strategies | Audio Examples

    Hear For Yourself

    Audio files to accompany SOS May 2021's Saturation Stratgeies workshop.

    Techniques May 2021
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    Saturation Strategies

    Improving Your Mixes

    Saturation effects can be used in different ways to make mixing easier. Find out how...

    Techniques May 2021
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    Mixing With Pedals

    Enhance Your Creativity

    Why let guitarists have all the fun? Stompboxes can be inspirational mixing tools.

    Techniques Apr 2021
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    Choosing A 500-series Chassis

    Slot Machines

    Not all 500‑series racks are created equal. Here’s what you need to know to make your choice.

    Sound Advice Nov 2020
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    Various 500-series modules in API rack.

    Choosing 500-series Modules

    Variety Show

    With so many modules on the market, how do you make the right choices?

    Sound Advice Nov 2020
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    Mastering Essentials: EQ - Balance, Don’t Match

    Part 4 - The SOS Techniques Guide | by Ian Shepherd

    EQ will make or break your master. It's the single most important factor in mastering, once you've decided the loudness...

    Techniques Nov 2020
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    Doubling For Thicker Sounds

    Double-tracking Techniques

    Your DAW makes it easy to fake old-school doubling techniques, and gives you much more control than producers had in days gone by. We show you how...

    Techniques Aug 2020
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    How And When To Use Multiband Compression

    Mix Processing Benefits

    Multiband compressors offer unique advantages over their broadband cousins — but they also present some perilous pitfalls for the unwary.

    Techniques Aug 2020
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    Creating Shimmer Reverb Effects

    Tips & Techniques

    Creating your own shimmer reverb effects is easy, and gives you plenty of creative control.

    Techniques Jul 2020
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    What Are Haas Delays & How Do I Best Use Them? | Podcast

    Expert Tracking & Mixing Tips

    Mike Senior explores the subject of Haas delays at mixdown, explaining how they work, how to get the best out of them, and how to avoid the most common traps associated with them.

    Techniques Jul 2020

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