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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

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    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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    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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