Tape Delay, Echo, and How We Got Off the Mountain

Most musicians know a bit about “delay”… not like… my flight is delayed…. but the music kind.

For example, your guitar player might have a Boss DD-3 Pedal or your vocalist might like delay on his/her vocal. If you’re not a musician, think of this as echo. The basic premise is a repeated signal with decay over time. The time interval (speed), amplitude (volume), and feedback (how quickly the delay dissipates) are variables of modern delays, but they also happen naturally.

These are some examples of natural delay:

Now, if you lived before the 1950’s, these kinds of things were your only option for recording a delayed signal. Worse, you would likely be trying to record to a metal wire or some such nonsense so why not load your sherpa up and get your session started. America didn’t even know about magnetic tape until we took it from the Germans after WWII.

Luckily, these days we can get our bands down off of the mountain. Thanks to some real music geniuses, we have delay at our fingertips in every studio and stage on the planet.

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Sound on Sound Production Techniques

We recently released the song “Win Today” and we thought it might be fun to give our readers and fans a little peak behind the curtain, as well as, to give musicians the chance to learn some of the techniques we are using and developing so they can be used to make your own records sound better.

Today we will cover one technique employed in the song, “Win Today“.

The verse section in this piece features a heavily processed vocal that is made to sound amplified and robotic and it serves as a contrast to the melodic and harmonized vocals found in the Pre-Chorus and Chorus.

To achieve this effect we used:

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Musicians Guide: How to get and keep a good day job

Working for others doesn’t have to suck – plus, you can even learn to make any boss love you …

The situation – (need to find a good day job for musicians)

Many players, composers, and engineers start their careers in music and find they still need that day job while they get going. Others might find themselves without a gig for the first time in years and need something to fill in the gap. Getting better at our craft is a life-long pursuit, one full of ups and downs. We have all been there. So here are a few tips we hope will help keep you on the path toward growing your career in the music business.

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