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The sounds in the songs you've listed are actually pretty different to my ears, but I'll try to generalize and go through some examples. Here is the raw line for reference. This is a modified strat with an EMG-SA in the neck position. This is important because EMG is an active pickup so the signal level is higher. This means it will distort sooner. So keep ...


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Vocoders were originally invented as a way to transmit speech over low-capacity transmission media. To encode: Start with speech as an electronic signal (e.g. from a microphone) Put the signal through a multi-band filter, getting some number of new signals, each covering a different frequency range. Pass each of these frequency bands through an envelope ...


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I haven't found any comments on this question online from someone who actually knows a lot about amplifier design. I also have not been able to find any horror stories such as "I did this once and destroyed my amp/speaker", which I would expect to find if it were actually an issue. I have found many mentions of professional bass players using guitar amps and ...


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The dirt and grime that comes from distortion is a result of notes with frequency relationships beyond those that are very simple ratios (e.g. 2:1=an octave, and 3:2=a fifth) going through the distortion process together. This results in sum and difference frequencies being produced that seem only distantly related to the notes being played, resulting in an ...


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In addition to the points given by topo morto: the effect that gives you pretty much “overdrive without the distortion” is a compressor. In fact, a major reason for using overdrive and distortion is that it compresses the signal (yielding longer sustain), as well as changing the sound by adding harmonics and intermodulation. If you simply run a ...


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Let me break it down from a language point of view so we can better understand how these words were chosen in the context of controlling the sound of musical instruments and thereby gain a better understanding of what they mean when used in a musical context. The word brilliant describes a high degree of intensity in perception by the senses. Possible ...


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Automation is a feature available in most digital audio workstations and many types of similar audio production software. Automation allows a parameter like volume, pan, or mute to be changed automatically during playback of a song by the software. In the early years of multi-track mixing, engineers had to manually move faders, and turn knobs while ...


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The Roland VG pedal boards will change your guitar tuning to whatever your little heart desires. Joni Mitchell used to use one for her 50+ different guitar tunings. (Source: http://www.jonimitchell.com/library/view.cfm?id=38) The Roland VGs require a GK hexaphonic pickup that picks up up each string separately. More info here: http://www.rolandus.com/...


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This isn't a stupid question at all and I think you should be able to get this sound with the amp you have. My first suggestion is try using less distortion. The intro to My God Is The Sun sounds barely distorted at all to me. I had a Peavy bandit 112 (the transtube series one) so I would suggest using the lead channel set to vintage mode. Set the low, mid ...


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If by effect processor you mean modulation effects, reverb and delay, the standard sequence would be distortion -> effects. Distortion after delay or modulation is a bit like using one distorted amp with two guitars at its input (remember the old days?) It creates a lot of intermodulation products which can sound annoying. However, try everything and you ...


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Two contrary ways to do this is: Don't use much distortion, if any, and just use medium gain with overdrive Use a metal pedal that doesn't require too much gain: simple square wave distortion can be quite clean But you will need to provide the effect with a clean input, so no barre chords or open chords. Just stick to thirds and fifths, which sound '...


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You need amp emulator software. Guitar Rig is one well known example. You can download a demo version for free. Whatever software you get, it will come with detailed instructions. Your USB audio interface also has detailed instructions. It may well have come with some demo software. To record, you need a digital audio workstation. Examples of these for PC ...


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Here's an article that gives some plausible answers, though I must warn you that just about every conclusion is followerd by a list of exceptions! I like his mnemonic for the order of effects, reproduced below. (For "overdrive" read "distortion".) http://www.justinguitar.com/en/GG-050-EffectsPedalOrder.php


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Preliminary note There aren't really any effects that are only used on vocals. Hamonization and and pitch correction (AKA "Auto-Tune") are very rarely used on anything but vocals, but they are used in other situations for other instruments. All of the effects in your effect box could be used for other things besides vocals. The advice below also applies to ...


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Brilliance would normally be expected to make the sound 'brighter' (more treble) when you increase it. Ambience would probably be expected to add reverberation - increasing the value would perhaps add more of the 'wet' reverb effect (though if you can specify the actual model of piano you can probably find the manual online somewhere.) Re. Presence: In ...


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As far as I know, it's not a case of being able to tolerate it, it's more if the speakers can't reproduce the sound well. That's why you generally have 15" speakers in a bass cab and 12" speakers in a guitar cab. At the end of the day, an amplifier does just that - amplifies the sound it receives. I imagine you plug an active bass with very hot pickups into ...


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An effects loop takes the signal from the preamp and does something with it before the power amp. Without this connection port, you can't tap into that place without a soldering iron and sanity. If you're using a drive pedal for distortion, and the amp is set clean, you don't really need an effects loop if you don't want to. The processing can all go ...


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Any Line 6 'Variax' guitar can do this, & you can set up presets you can literally dial in from the guitar itself. The initial programming needs the guitar to be connected via a specific hardware adapter [supplied as part of the new package] via USB to a computer [Mac or PC] - but the recall, once programmed, is straight from the guitar, so can be used ...


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The breathy/husky female voice type is not a reasonable target for a bass. To get a consistent range, you'll want to extent your falsetto as far down as possible. It is different from "head voice" in that the larynx basically has two antagonistic muscle groups for pitch control: one is stretching the vocal folds long for increasing pitch, the other tenses ...


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There are basically two classes of effects: linear ones and non-linear ones. From an idealized signal processing view point (discounting noise and quantization), the order of linear effects can be interchanged without a net change in the result. A lot of effects are also time-invariant: start your signal an arbitrary time later, and the result will be the ...


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Clarity in a clean tone, that also doesn't sound 'weedy' and 'thin' can be difficult, however there are a couple of things you can (or should do) to get there, and none involves using a pedal. First of all know that distortion and overdrive are two different things. The classic way to achieve such tones are by playing through low wattage valve (or tube) ...


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No, with keyboards like the psr s550b this is not possible. Those devices are usually "closed", in terms that they do not offer any effects channels or similar. However, you are free to use effects after your psr s550, by connecting the output to any effects device (e.g. a reverb or delay effect) and send this to speakers/mixer/etc. The only usual way to ...


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One rule of thumb is that effects placed later in the signal chain (or, if using a multi-effect, blocks placed later in the chain) will often be the ones that play a greater part in dictating your overall sound. So while guitar → distortion → reverb may sound spacious and ambient, with clean reverb applied to distorted guitar, guitar → reverb → distortion ...


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It depends, really. If you decide to connect it to the input your amp, you do want to disable the amp modelling in the pedal (assuming that's possible). I can think of three ways to hook this up. I'll list each way and reasons why you would choose it: Connected to the PA You should consider connecting directly to the PA if: You don't have a very good ...


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There are no hard and fast rules with regards to the order of pedals in the signal chain, however, there are some general guidelines that may be of help. Usually, a multi-fx signal chain will go something like this: Wah -> OD/distortion -> EQ -> modulation FX (chorus/flanger/phasing etc.) -> delay -> reverb So, if you were to subscribe to the "standard" ...


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Pedal order is 100% personal preference, and there will be a difference with different placements. I would say it's more common to put overdrive before chorus but I've built pedalboards that have chorus in between two overdrives before. If they are both guitar pedals then you won't burn them out no matter how you place them in the signal chain. The main way ...


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You need an audio interface (hardware device with mic/line inputs/output and a USB or FireWire computer connection) that allows both "direct monitoring" (Focusrite's description), and has a software mixer that lets you listen to both the input AND other audio from your computer. I think most interfaces these days have direct monitoring, but I'm not sure how ...



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