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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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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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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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Are there general rules or tips on how to organize VSTs? (...) I would like to know if there's a way to arrange VSTs properly, so that every plugin uses its full potential. There's no correct order. It's all about preference, what you want to achieve, and the context. You'll find a lot of suggestions, like putting time-based effects (like delay or ...


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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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Modulation is not an effect. Modulation is the process of varying one or more properties of something, in this case the sound of a guitar. Effects are achieved through modulation (variation, change) of some property of the sound (like the phase, harmonics, frequency, amplitude, etc), but modulation itself is not an effect. This is very important to note to ...


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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: ...


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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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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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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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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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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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Modulation refers to an entire category of different effects that all have this in common: a dry audio signal is combined with another signal of the same sound that is delayed in time, slowed down or sped up. This makes use of the property that physics describes as interference or wave propagation. This creates phase cancellation and reinforcement. In most ...


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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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Ok, I was about to say sorry, and that I'm an idiot and "why I didnt come up on it earlier!", but no. The solution is not intuitive, because it is not consistent with how other up/down button works (on the insert for example)... The answer is to hold down a left mouse button on the up/down button of the send until you'll get the contextual menu with ...


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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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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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Re The track "My God is the Sun ~ Queens of the Stone Age" you mention: This is what I'm hearing .. Sounds like humbucker pickup guitar (eg Les Paul, or many other typew) as opposed to single coil pickup (eg Fender Strat) Two guitars playing together, often one string each. This means the distortion is only acting on that one string per guitar amp, so ...


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My suggestion would be a combination of: noise suppressor pedal, and preamp overdrive pedal I'm a huge Malmsteen fan, so what I use (with either my signature YJM stratocaster or my Squier stratocaster) is: BOSS NS-2 Noise Suppressor Yngwie J. Malmsteen YJM308 Preamp Overdrive by DOD (extra link) Here is a short video(5 MB) where Yngwie explains the ...


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While I agree with @MeaningfulUserName there is no simple pedal(s) or at least one that is not as simple as the Ditto and allows at least 4 layers. However, that being said there is a pedal/multi-track looping recorder that I personally find easy to work mainly because it integrates a foot pedal (unfortunately a separate piece of hardware). That is the EHX ...


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Yes, you can use that preamp in your combo's effects loop. The Fender Hot Rod Deluxe has a series (vs. parallel, so no blending for you), line-level FX loop over unbalanced connectors, which the Behringer UltraGain MIC2200 can certainly handle. You will have to set the UltraGain to LINE (vs. MIC) mode to use the jack input. I would start with the ...


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Put generally, EQ in front of a compressor will change the way the compressor engages. This might be a good thing! Say you have an acoustic guitar track that's got some rumble in it. You put it through a comp->EQ and you're fighting it all the way. You put it through a high-pass EQ first to take the undesirable LF away first, and you get a far more ...



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