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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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    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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    Voxengo Tube Amp plug-in.

    Q. What's the difference between saturation and distortion?

    How do you differentiate between the following terms: saturation, harmonics, distortion, overdrive? Are all of these just similar terms with different names?

    Sound Advice Aug 2019
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    Q. Is a compressor’s Hold control different from its Release?

    I thought I had a handle on this, but seem to have a hard time understanding the difference between a compressor’s ‘Hold’ and its ‘Release’. Can you help explain?

    Sound Advice Mar 2017
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    Revoice Pro 3.2 Masterclass (Part 3)

    In-depth Guide

    We explore some more advanced techniques and less-obvious applications for Synchro Arts’ powerful audio-alignment processor.

    Techniques Feb 2017
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    Blue Cat MB7 Mixer plug-in.

    Q. Can I split Cubase tracks into different frequency bands?

    In Ableton Live, I used to use a plug-in to split a channel so that I could do multiband processing. I’m now using Cubase Pro 8.5 and it doesn’t seem to work...

    Sound Advice Jan 2017
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    Revoice Pro 3.2 Masterclass (Part 2)

    In-depth Tutorial

    We dive deeper into Synchro Arts’ powerful pitch-processing and audio-alignment software.

    Techniques Jan 2017
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    Revoice Pro 3.2 Masterclass (Part 1)

    In-depth Tutorial

    This uniquely powerful pitch, energy and time alignment software could save you hours of edits.

    Techniques Dec 2016
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    Extract Vocals From A Stereo Mix | Media

    Audio files to accompany the article.

    Have you ever wondered how to separate a vocal or the instrumental backing from a stereo mix? We find out what’s possible — and what isn’t.

    Techniques Jun 2016
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    Extract Vocals From A Stereo Mix

    Tips & Techniques

    Have you ever wondered how to separate a vocal or the instrumental backing from a stereo mix? We find out what’s possible — and what isn’t.

    Techniques Jun 2016
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    Q. How do I fine-tune my reverbs?

    I’ve been trying to get my reverb settings worked out, but when I settle on what I think sounds right two main...

    Sound Advice May 2016
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    Creative Pitch Processing | Media

    Audio Examples

    Audio files to accompany the article.

    Techniques Dec 2015
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    Creative Pitch Processing

    Pitching New Ideas

    Pitch-correction software has lots of uses besides putting vocals in tune! We uncover the creative roles to which today’s pitch processors can be employed.

    Techniques Dec 2015
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    Flanger Management

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Take Sonar back to the ’60s with this vintage-style tape-flanging effect!

    Techniques Feb 2012
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    Q. How do I maximise loudness on tracks?

    I have been recording music for quite a few years now, but I always get the same problem when I listen back to my mixes:...

    Sound Advice May 2007
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    Q. Are all convolution reverb plug-ins created equal?

    Are all convolution reverbs the same? I'm looking to get a decent reverb for my Pro Tools rig, and there seems to be lots...

    Sound Advice Jun 2006
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    Q. What is that 'robot voice' effect?

    In the recent TV ad campaign for Marks & Spencer, they use the Electric Light Orchestra track 'Mr Blue Sky'. There's a distinctive robotic vocal sound in it that I am curious about. How was it made?

    Sound Advice Nov 2005
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    Preparing Your Music For Mastering: Part 2

    Mastering: How The Pros Do It

    Last month we discussed how to prepare mixes so that they are ready for the mastering engineer. This month, we look inside the mastering room during the processing of an album, to see what kind of equipment is used, and the sort of processes that are applied to finish the tracks to the required standard.

    Techniques Oct 2005
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    AUPitch: Better Pitch-shifting?

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    The new Tiger AUPitch plug-in promises better pitch-shifting performance, but does it deliver in practice?

    Techniques Oct 2005
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    Convolution Processing With Impulse Responses

    How It Works

    Although convolution is often associated with high-end reverb processing, this technology makes many other new sounds available to you once you understand how it works.

    Techniques Apr 2005
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    Using Your Plug-in Delay Effects

    Sequencer Delay Masterclass

    Although delay can be one of the most simple studio effects, software delay plug-ins often provide a bewildering array of options. So we take a look at what all the sliders and switches do, and provide advice on how best to use them.

    Techniques Jul 2003

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