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It's important to remember that the voicing of the chord is only one variable.   Everything from the amp settings, microphone choice, microphone placement, control settings on the guitar, string gauge, pickup type, pickup height, the room in which you record, and the guitarist her/himself will also play a role—in many cases, a bigger role—in the overall ...


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A mixer is generally used twice in the recording process. First to set the levels to be recorded onto an individual track, that includes adjusting the tone of the voice or instrument (EQ) and adjusting the amount of effects to enhance the quality of the track. Once this part has been accomplished and recorded, the second use of the mixer is to blend the ...


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Sound design serves almost exactly the same purpose in electronic music that instrumentation does in orchestral music. Orchestral composers will play with elements like giving different lines to different instruments, giving instructions for articulation and dynamics, and using unique techniques like pizzicato strings or brass mutes to create a specific ...


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Let's say you've recorded a couple of vocals, a set of drums, two guitars, bass and keyboards. Using only one track for each, that's seven different tracks. (Keys are usually stereo, drums could be seven separate tracks of their own). Most stereo systems use two tracks, left and right. If we listen on cans, that's about all we need. First a balance of volume ...


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The begin of the Wikipedia article already describes it very well. The term "mixing down" emphasizes that you have more tracks than output channels. For example 1 track per instrument/vocals but only 2 channels (stereo) for output. I don't think people say "mixing down" when the output is in surround - then it's just mixing - but I am ...


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Yes, whether using traditional instruments or designing your own - and any sound used in a musical composition can be considered an 'instrument' - a composer chooses a sound that suits the music. If you need a pad, don't score pizzicato strings. If you've written a sprightly melody, a slow attack isn't going to be much use. Incidentally, your timpani ...


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