How to Get Your Vocal Effects Just Right

If there’s one thing that’s for certain about today’s musical climate, it’s that electronic production has an ever-present role in sound design and it’s here to stay.

Effects are a great way to add personality to vocals, as well as highlight the singer’s strengths (and sometimes mask their weaknesses). But there is such a thing as overdoing it, and it happens a lot with novice mixing engineers and producers who get too excited about effects without really understanding how or when to use them. So, we’ve put together a guide on how to get your vocal effects just right — regardless of the style of music you’re making.

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Can’t Miss Touring Tips From NYC Rockers Midnight Mob

So, you want to rock a tour, do ya?? Congratulations on your decision to become a highway pirate! It’s time to cruise the land with your bandmates, crew, your favorite sweat pants, your noble steed, and all your special quirks fully loaded to test each other’s patience and sadistic behavior. Here are top touring tips and suggestions from Midnight Mob on how to make a tour successful, fun, inexpensive, efficient and – most importantly – safe for all.

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Bang Bang: 5 Steps to Better Drumming

As any drummer can attest, hitting things with sticks – or your hands – can be insanely fun. But becoming a good drummer is no easy task, for the drummer is what holds the band together rhythmically, demanding an excellent sense of time and careful development of muscle memory and control.

If you’re a current or aspiring drummer, there are a great many ways to improve your rhythm and technique. Here are five steps to better drumming.

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Tone Timeline: Using Delay As A Secondary Instrument

When it comes to playing an instrument, especially in live settings, there are hundreds of different sounds you can create through the use of effects pedals. One of the most popular and versatile effects is delay. Dozens of major brands have produced top of the line settings including analog, digital, tape, tap tempo, swell, and much more. Below, we’ll talk a bit about how to integrate delay into your music making and we’ll cover a few delay pedal reviews. (Need a delay primer? Check out this video.)

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10 Steps to Easier Touring

Touring is a huge endeavor, even for experienced veterans. A music tour requires months of planning, saving, and contacting other bands, promoters, and venues – and making sure everyone in your act has the time off to go on tour plus the funds to pay for food, sundries, and amenities on the road (*cough*beer*cough*).

But effectively planning a tour doesn’t have to be immensely difficult or near-impossible, even when it seems so. Here are ten steps you can take to make touring easier so you can focus on playing music.

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Everything to Consider When Buying Your First Guitar

This post originally appeared on Flypaper by our friends at Soundfly.

Whether you’re thinking about hunkering down and buying your first guitar or looking to upgrade from the $199 Strat pack that your grandma gave you for Christmas to a bonafide AXE, let’s talk about some of the things you should consider when buying your first guitar.

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7 Free (or Cheap) Music Software Programs

Music and technology have become inseparable friends, and more and more often musicians are using software to create original music rather than doing it purely organically. But accessing that software can be difficult, in particular because most musicians – especially if they’re just starting out – are on a pretty tight budget for investing in the tools they need to create.

However, a big range of digital audio workstations and software platforms that are either freeware or superbly low in price are available for musicians on a shoestring budget. Here are seven of the best free or cheap music software programs available.

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5 Steps to Achieving the Perfect Mix (Without Expensive Gear)

When you picture professional producers, mixers, and mastering engineers like Dr. Dre, Bob Ludwig, and Rick Rubin, what are they usually working with? Massive mixing boards? Huge state-of-the-art speakers? Thousand-dollar headphones? Priceless vintage equipment? That sounds about right, doesn’t it?

If we all had access to gear like that, you might think life would be much easier — and you would probably be right — but there are still many ways to achieve a great mix on a budget. If you have a smartphone or a computer, you’re already well on your way to achieving a good mix.

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