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Pitch Shifter: What It Is and How to Use It

A pitch shifter is not just a corrective tool, which is what it started as. Producers are getting creative with it. They’re using pitch shifters to make melodic elements that sometimes become the hook of the song. So if you’re not at least experimenting with pitch shifting, you’re missing out. Every producer needs a good …

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Shure SM57 Review: The Workhorse of Pro Audio

Walk into any professional recording studio and you’ll probably see a Shure SM57. In fact, I can almost guarantee the studio owns at least one SM57. But why? What makes this microphone commonplace in the recording world? Let’s look at its quality, how to use it, how to modify it (optional), and if it’s even …

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Mellotron: The Retro Instrument That’s Shaping Modern Music

The mellotron may be an old instrument, but it’s all over modern music. Just listen to the score for The Mandalorian If you want to give your track a vintage sound that reminds you of The Beatles and other rock bands from the ‘60s and ‘70s… Add a Mellotron. So let’s talk about this trailblazer …

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The Best Vocal Microphones for the Studio and the Stage

Tell me if you’ve ever experienced this… You record vocals at home and you think they sound great. But then you listen to a professionally recorded, mixed, and mastered song… And you realize the quality of your vocal recording just isn’t up to par. Now, the problem could be a lack of engineering or mixing …

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