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Do hard rock singers use distortion effects on their vocals?

I've been wondering how hard rock/metal singers (e.g. Layne Staley, James Hetfield, Dave Grohl) manage to achieve such a 'gritty' sound with their vocals. Do professional rock singers ever use ...
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How to obtain a Clean yet Distorted guitar sound?

I'm kind of a guitar effects noob so sorry if this is an extremely stupid question. How do you obtain a clean and distorted tone using pedals and amp? An example of the kind of sound I'm looking for ...
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What effect does compression have on music?

When I listen to and play around with a number of effects other than compression (reverb, delay, etc), I have no problem hearing how altering them changes the sound of the music. With compression it'...
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How do I use my computer as an amp and effects processor

I have an electric guitar and an m-audio preamp-usb and would like to use my laptop to record music as well as listen to what I am playing. I would also like to use it as an effects processor. Ι have ...
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What do “Brilliance” and “Ambience” mean?

The digital piano I ordered let's me change the level of Brilliance and Ambience of some of its 35 available sounds. If I focus on just its Grand Piano sound, I think "Ambience" refers to ...
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Decay vs Sustain on synths

Could you explain to me the difference between "decay" and "sustain" on synths? I'm using the Korg Kronos 2 and the synth engines have both sustain and decay and they seem to be doing the same thing ...
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How to make a sound appear to be more distant?

I have made a recording of a source close to the microphone. How can I make it sound more distant than it is? Which effects do I need to use for this task? (I need an imitation of small room. ...
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How to order VST plugins correctly

I have recently noticed that the order of the VST plugins on an audio track can make a great difference on its sound. I usually use virtual preamps, compressors, distortion and chorus effects, ...
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How does a “Talk-Box” differ from a Vocoder?

Both the Talk-Box and Vocoder combine instrumental sounds with vocal sounds to create a Singing Instrument (or a more precisely-controlled Singer). How are they different, beyond "One's for guitar and ...
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Equalization in music

Earlier I posted a question about compression and t he direct effect it has on the sound of the music and got some good feedback. Now I have the same question about EQ. I can't hear how it's altering ...
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Using 9v 2000mA power supply for pedal using low current

I have Mooer 9V 2000mA power supply and pedals, such as MXR Carbon Copy requiring 26mA at 9V or EHX Pog Nano requiring 25mA at 9VDC. Is it safe to use this power supply with these pedals? Is it safe ...
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Is there a guitar effect set up that can emulate the sound of Nashville tuning?

I really like the sound of Nashville tuning, where you typically replace the EADG (low to high) strings with lower gauage strings to get a really light sparkly sound. Is there a way of emulating this ...
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What is filter automation?

I know what the effect of a filter on the sound of a synthesizer is, but I don't get wat the difference is between using a filter and filter automation.
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Bass effects through guitar amp

I have often heard that you should never plug a bass guitar into a standard guitar amp. Granted it's not going to sound its best but it can supposedly be detrimental to the amp or speakers. I've heard ...
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How do musicians synchronize with the playback keyboards/ambience when live?

Lots of times musicians especially in rock and metal bands, when performing live, they play over pre-recorded tracks that include keyboards/orchestras ambience or other effects. They always seem to be ...
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What does Pierre Boulez mean by “sul ponticello”?

While I was listening to Boulez's comment (in French...) on Pierre-Laurent Aimard's interpretation of the third Piano Sonata, I was wondering what is the "effect" Pierre Boulez is describing/imitating?...
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What do the different reverb parameters mean?

Inspired by this question: How to make a sound appear to be more distant? What do all the different reverb parameters (like "ER" and "Diffusion") actually mean?
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is that a sort of “blowing modulator” effect?

I'm referring to the segment from 5:00 to 5:25 of this video: if you look at the keyboard player, he's clearly blowing into that black wire/pipe, while he's playing ...
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What first to put in effect chain (order from guitar cable input) — distortion or effect processor?

What first to put in effect chain (order from guitar cable input) -- distortion or effect processor?
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I read an effects chain in a video, can someone explain what it means?

I read an effects chain in the description of this video. It said, "The stutter effect on the strings is accomplished with a hard compressor sidechained to an inaudible source." Can someone explain ...
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How to delete/change type of bus in the channel strip in Logic Pro X?

I'm playing around mixer atm, and I wanted to try to set pre/post fader send on one of my channels. Thing is that I'm able to add a bus, but I have no idea how to remove it, or change it's type. There ...
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Identifying orchestral sounds

Following my previous question about new instruments in orchestras, I was listening to a few concerts and well, some write the instruments being used throughout the concert, others don't. Most don't. ...
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new at electric guitar need help

Which pedal should I put first, overdrive pedal or chorus pedal? Can they be on at same time ? I don't want to burn them out. I was wondering if an overdrive pedal would make a chorus pedal function ...
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Logic Pro X Gate Stutter

Is there an easier way to use create a stutter effect in Logic for something like a riser or anything else WITHOUT side-chaining to the noise gate plugin? I've only seen tutorials like this. By the ...
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What does the modulation effect actually do?

i'm trying to study for my A levels and struggling to understand the purpose of modulation? I'm getting the idea that it is simply something that enables a effects to change the timbre of a raw ...
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EQ and Filters in music

Earlier today I asked a question about EQ and got back some helpful information which actually clarified equalization completely for me. However I'm confused on what's the difference between ...
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Effects and mixing

Does an effect added to one instrument effect other instruments in a mix if each instrument is on its own track? For example: We apply/add reverb to an electric guitar on its track, will then the dry ...
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Stereo or mono keyboard effect?

I've finally found a decent 'swirly Rhodes' sound, using keyboard and an effects pedal. The problem is now that when recording, or on stage, I prefer to go stereo, as that gives other sounds - strings,...
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How can I make my voice sound like a breathy female?

My vocal category is technically "Bass" (not Baritone). But I can hit some pretty high notes easily; I have a wide range. When I hit high notes though, it always sounds unmistakably male I think. I'd ...
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Amp modeller that exists in a computer program?

So I used to be into amp modelling but I wonder if you can do that with a computer program. Like get a sample recording from another guitar and then fix that to your guitar input into the computer so ...
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Can I use a separate pre-amp in my combo amp's effects loop?

I'm curious, is it possible to use a preamp head in the effects loop of my combo amp? The chain would be: guitar -> combo amp in -> effects send to preamp -> preamp out to combo amp return -> power ...
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Using AXE-FX II multi-fx without bypassing Mesa Boogie's pre-amp

I recently bought the Fractal Instrument AXE FX II and the Mesa Boogie JP2C amp. Currently I plug my guitar into the AXE FX's front Instrument socket and connect its Output Unbalanced (L) to the ...
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Is this cello distorted?

So I've been listening to 2CELLOS and their cover of AC/DCs 'Thunderstruck'. Several times during the song they play with an unusual timbre. Bringing out some of the high frequencies and mechanical ...
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Any recommended plan, sequence, methodology on self-learning the vocal effects?

I have the vocal processor device (Digitech Vocalist Live FX to be precise, but hopefully the answer could be generic enough to suite other devices as well). The user manual describes its capabilities ...
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Is it possible to create an effects loop with an amp that does not have send and return, with a mixer?

I have an amp that just has a guitar input and a headphone output. I also have a mixer with send/return inputs and outputs. Is it possible to simulate a traditional effects loop (where the amp has ...
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Standard effect pedal connector/barrel size?

I use the regular 9V DC negative center power adapter, and every so often the connector gets ripped or the internal soldering wears off and in middle of a gig the adapter stops working. It usually ...
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A quick question about connecting effect pedals to an amplifier head

I have a Carvin SX-300 stack. I use Boss effect pedals. I tried running my regular pedal setup and plugging into the Front "input" (See attached picture "Carvin Head Front View"). Everything ...
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Modulation in synthesizer using a separate device

Are there any analogue devices that can be connected to synthesizers like yamaha psr S550b to modulate sounds and get an output back from my synth's speakers? (Basically I want to minimize the use ...
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I want to start recording some bass riffs in FL studio to use them later in making songs. What are good practices for this?

I have heard before it is good to record clean audio in a separate track and apply effects later. I am very new to this and any advice would be appreciated.
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Playing both the pc sound and mic playback through headphones

I have downloaded this marvelous program called "Effectogram" in order to easily and rapidly (performance-wise) control: microphone input volume microphone output volume playback reverberation ...
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Why do Talkbox and Autotune effects sound similar?

Talkbox and Autotune are completely different effects. In the former sound of an instrument is modulated through a hose in the singer's mouth, in the latter the frequencies of the singer's voice are ...
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Do I even need a guitar FX pedal board these days? [closed]

Is it even necessary for an avid guitarist to buy a physical guitar effects processor these days if he has access to a DI box that supports line level pre-amps for stringed instruments and has a ...
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How to connect multi-effects processor to guitar amp?

My guitar amp: Line 6 Spider IV 15 My effects pedal: Zoom GFX8 I want to know how should I keep the settings of my amp(which channel and eq settings of this amp) when I connect this multi-effects ...
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What pedals would achieve this guitar tone?

I get the feeling it's a combination of rolling off the treble and octave pedal but I'm not entirely sure and figure someone else out there would be much more informed than I am on this kind of thing.
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Is there another way to emulate Fl studio's Gross beat time manipulation

I am creating a song full of time manipulation and tape stop effects, but putting gross beat in different channels and routing other channels to is is making my work disorganized and its eating my CPU....
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FL Studio 12 - How To Create An Overlay (Double) Effect With Your Voice

In many songs, this song for example - namely from 00:54 to 01:52 also - namely from 00:15 to 00:50 (I know there's many others that I ...
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How to produce high pitched sounds on James Holden and the Animal's “Each Moment Like The FIrst” [closed]

I'm starting to dabble in synth music but don't know much at the moment. I love this track - "Each Moment Like The First" James Holden and the Animals and I'm intrigued by this high pitched synth that ...
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Logic Pro X Feature For Monster Voices

There's a plugin that you can purchase called Dehumaniser that allows you to speak into a mic and it applies some sort of animal sound (or sounds) to your voice. So you can combine a bunch of sounds ...
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What are vocal effects used by most of Norah Jones songs?

This question is mostly from sound production/synthesis/effects perspective. I would like to know how to achieve vocal effects usually heard in songs of Norah Jones. I am not sure how to describe it ...
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send vs return effects

I was reading an article about reverb effects, and it said in that article that if you want to have good reverb effect, you can EQ the send and sometimes EQ the return sound. Now, I only know a ...