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There are many aspects to hard rock singing, and each singer (hell, each song) has a different approach. I know that even death metal vocalists can do their scary vocals without doctoring them in the studio, and I know some really "clean"-sounding singers have to fix uo the tone in the studio. So it depends a lot. In hard rock, a lot of the "aggresiveness" ...


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Compression isn't as obvious when you're just playing with it, compared to reverb, delay etc, as you've already found. It really comes into its own when used in a working situation; for instance, it's very common to put quite a lot of compression on a lead vocal track, and in fact if you don't do that, the vocals will sound rather odd, compared to what you'...


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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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It depends, is the answer. And it also depends on what you call "distortion" - do you mean it in the sense that a guitarist would, or just that the sound is changed? Microphones are the first potential source of distortion. Sometimes you want a "smooth" mic, but sometimes you want one which puts a bit more "grit" inio the sound. Mics are fairly consistent ...


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It depends on what kind of environment you want to reproduce, but there are two main factors that lead the brain to think a sound is coming from farther away: As sound travels through the air, it loses energy, but not evenly across all frequencies. High frequencies are attenuated (become quieter) more quickly than low frequencies. So when we hear a sound ...


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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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With compression turned on, you may well not hear any differences. It's designed to keep volume to within certain levels, at the top and bottom. So, if what you're playing doesn't exceed the top level that's set, or sound quieter than the lowest threshold set, it effectively has nothing to do, and that's just what it does - nothing. When the thresholds are ...


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An EQ is basically just a volume control, except it allows you to adjust the volume selectively for different components of a signal, namely, of different regions of their Fourier spectrum. In the simplest use case, you might employ this to change the mixing ratio of different instruments in a pre-mixed track. This only works when the instruments occupy ...


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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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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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Compressors are interesting because part of their goal is to be subtle. The basic idea of compressors is control over volume. Many instruments pick up different colors of sound when they are played loud, especially the human voice. Musicians often want to take advantage of this palette of colors in their music, but there's a challenge. If you have ...


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The usual way EQ is employed in recordings is per instrument. Global EQ is similar to changing the ambient light under which you view a photograph: generally, your eyes will readily compensate the effects unless the light cannot in good conscience be called white anymore. So global EQ is mostly useful for addressing serious shortcomings of a recording. ...


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The drummer usually has a click (and the track) in his (in-ear) monitor. The rest of the band can choose if they want the additional track in their monitors or not. As long as they can hear the drummer they'll be in sync with the track.


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The ADSR envelope (and derivatives) is as follows: A: Attack - the length of increase in voltage* (or analogue) D: Decay - the length of decrease in voltage that comes after the increase S: Sustain - the amount (or level) of voltage to sustain after the decrease R: Release - the length of time it takes for the voltage to go back to 0. Telling the ...


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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 reverb) ...


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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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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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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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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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Compressors are very broad subject. There are various compressors with different abilities (limiters, sustainers dynamic compressors). Getting used to noticing a compression takes some time. Also your rig may contain a lot of natural compression already (humbuckers, amplifier settings). At first set attack to min (if you have one). Sustain to max and ...


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The "gritty" sound in rock singer's voices is their natural voice, albeit a technique that gives the sense of screaming or growling. Something else that should be considered is that there are many hard-rock style singers who are smokers, which can significantly affect a singer's voice. Note: Increasing your risk for lung cancer is not worth it to achieve a ...


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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 'clean'


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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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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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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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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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Reverb effects can be fairly simple (spring reverb in a guitar amp*) or very complicated (like a Lexicon studio reverb unit). Here's a run-down on the most common reverb parameters taken from: http://www.emusician.com/gear/1332/cheat-sheet-reverb-parameters/38871 *Note that guitar amp spring reverbs usually have a control just called "reverb" that ...


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The stutter effect on the strings is accomplished with a hard compressor sidechained to an inaudible source. Stutter effect - This is probably clear - it's the name for the way the strings sound when they are processed as described. Hard compressor - A compressor processes audio to make it quieter when the key signal gets louder. A "hard" compressor is set ...


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Sul ponticello is Italian and it means "on the bridge". It is a direction given to members of the strings section to apply their bows (or possibly their plucking when playing pizzicato) near the bridge of the instrument. Playing closer to the bridge emphasizes upper harmonics and makes the instrument sound brighter. The opposite is sul tasto. I'm not sure ...


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