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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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    CEDAR Audio Managing Director, Gordon Reid

    CEDAR Audio | Podcast

    Real-time Audio Restoration & Noise Suppression

    CEDAR Audio has led the world in audio restoration and noise suppression for over three decades. We find out more about their ground-breaking technologies.

    Music Business Mar 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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    Igor Levin - Founder of Antelope Audio

    Antelope Audio - Beyond DSP | Podcast

    Beyond DSP

    Antelope Audio founder Igor Levin chats to Sam Inglis about their distinctive approach to audio interface design. We find out how Antelope’s innovative use of FPGA technology has enabled them to deliver impressive signal processing power.

    Music Business 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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    50 Years Of Eventide

    50 Years Of Eventide | Podcast

    Behind The Brand

    Tony Agnello and Richard Factor chat about the 50 year history of Eventide, from their groundbreaking use of digital technology in the early ’70s to the modern challenges of adapting their algorithms for plug-ins and stompboxes.

    Music Business 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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    Q. Do digital effects always cause problems when used via an aux send?

    I've got a Zoom MS-70CDR [multi-effects] pedal, and a few people are saying not to use it via an aux send and return, owing to a comb-filtering issue. Have you noticed this issue with digital pedals on aux returns?

    Sound Advice Jun 2020
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    Q. How steep should I make a high-pass filter?

    I've always advised my students to set their high-pass filter slope at a steep setting of 48dB per octave to reduce boominess. Is this the best advice to give my students, who are very much at the beginner stage?

    Sound Advice Jun 2020
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    The Hidden Dangers Of Vintage EQ

    Pultec EQP‑1A & Models

    Plug‑in models of classic hardware can sound great if you feed them the right level. But what level is right?

    Sound Advice Jun 2020
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    AMS Neve - Mark Crabtree

    AMS Neve - Mark Crabtree | Podcast

    Talking Tech

    Mark Crabtree of AMS Neve chats with Sam Inglis about how two of the biggest names in UK audio technology came together, and how they are using their unique expertise in analogue and digital audio to develop their next wave of studio products.

    Music Business Jun 2020
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    Q. Will the ToneDexter work with an on–board mic?

    Can I get good results on a Dobro that has a Shertler Basik on‑board mic, or will I need a piezo pickup?

    Sound Advice Sep 2019
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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. Should I connect a compressor to my preamp's insert point or its outputs?

    I've recently bought a Klark Teknik KT-2A compressor to use with my Warm Audio TB12 preamp and noticed the TB12 has insert input and output sockets. What is the best practice when using outboard compressors with preamps when tracking?

    Sound Advice Mar 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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    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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    Q. How should I set up stereo-widening delay effects?

    I’ve read about a classic stereo-widening effects patch, comprising two short delays (say 11 and 13 ms) hard-panned to opposite extremes...

    Sound Advice Sep 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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    Q. Can Haas delays be mono-compatible?

    I’ve been using the Haas delay effect to add some nice width to my guitar parts. It sounds great, but I’ve noticed that when I listen in mono my guitars pretty much disappear from the mix. Any advice?

    Sound Advice Aug 2015
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    Q. What does an API 2500 compressor’s ‘Thrust’ control do?

    Q What does an API 2500 compressor’s ‘Thrust’ control do?

    I don’t understand what the ‘Thrust...

    Sound Advice Apr 2015

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