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Another big clue is the use of compression. Originally compression was used to fit the dynamic range to the limits of vinyl/shellac recording, but our ears are now so used to it, and it's used so routinely in recording, that uncompressed music sounds 'live' or even 'wrong' depending on context.


Well, the closest non-synth instrument would be a vibraphone I think, but the sound is definitely synthesised, with the hammer/mallet as just a very short click. All squares are the same sound, the columns are time, the rows are pitch. You could play with a synth like http://soundimpulse.sakura.ne.jp/sion-fm-synthesizer-wf-1/ until you find an identical ...


There is no such thing as "natural voice" in singing, like there is no "natural movement" in sports or "natural look" in makeup. In all of that cases, "natural" is a particularly hard to pull off artificial creation that has to become a second nature to pull off convincingly. Now if you write stuff like Then I try to shape up my voice consciously to sound ...


Putting on a tone while singing is much the same as trying to write in a consciously different font, or speaking in an American accent when you know deep down you're only good at Irish ones. It's perfectly fine to try to spice up your singing with some extra flavour, but there are limits to how effective it is. If the new font you write in is illegible, it ...

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