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What is Dithering in Audio & What Does it Do? (An Easy Explanation!)

Updated: Mixing & Mastering              
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My goal here is to cut through the fog and give it to you plain. We're going to define dither, talk about what it actually is in the context of digital audio (as opposed to printing images or processing video, though we'll mention this), and tell you when and how to use it. What's funny is we've all seen and heard this technique applied in […]

How is Post-Processing Done on a Guitar Amp Mic During Mixing?

Updated: Q & A              
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We received a very insightful question recently that requires some critical thinking to explain the answer. You'll enjoy this one if you like puzzles, especially as a studio engineer and/or guitarist. As always, let me thank a couple readers for their help. Frederick notified us of an error in our mp3 compression article and Pepsy supplied us with a picture we needed for another article. […]

How Major Labels are Using Small Music Blogs to Gaslight Us About Youtube's Claim System

Updated: Interesting              
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The nerve of these people to try to convince us that THEY are the victims here... The State of Youtube's Claim System As everyone knows, Youtube's claim system is severely broken when it comes to music. Not a day goes by when a creator on the video streaming site isn't essentially unfairly robbed of their hard earned money for things as harmless as a car […]

Katy Perry & Juicy J Lose Copyright Lawsuit to Christian Rapper Flame

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This one has been cooking for years in the background. I caught wind of it years ago and forgot about it, only to see it finally come to a head in the courts. The Background of the Dark Horse Saga In 2013, Katy Perry releases a song "Dark Horse" that features an instrumental and a rap verse by Juicy J, where the final touches were […]

Top 10 Richest Guitarists in the World

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How many young guitarists have you known that dream of hitting it big and getting the fame, adoration, and riches? Perhaps you're one of them. The songwriting despite the writer's block, the grueling years on tour, the album and merchandise sales... that all sounds great if you really want it. But you're in for a big surprise if you think that's all it takes to […]

Top 10 Richest Rock Stars in the World

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Many young musicians dream of being a rock star for the fame and adoration, even though it's a grueling lifestyle of non-stop touring. These starving artist types have a big surprise coming if they break into the big time, because you can make an unbelievable amount of money as one of the top 10 richest rock stars in the world. As you read this list, […]

Top 10 Richest Country Singers in the World

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The new data is out! You may not see huge shifts in the list of the top 10 richest country singers in the world due to some established giants, but we've dropped some artists out and added new ones. This is more interesting than the usual static list where everyone just earns more money due to investments and new businesses. And that's one of the […]

Top 10 Richest Rappers in the World

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Nothing is more fun than the mid-year time when the new data comes out and we can update this list. It's not often that you see a huge shift in the list of top 10 richest rappers in the world. Usually it's the same players and their net worth moving up or down a bit based on investments. No matter how it shakes out, we […]

Can I Use Direct Monitoring With an Audio Interface?

Updated: Q & A              
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A friendly fellow sent in a wonderful pre-purchase question that I'm sure many other newcomers to the audio interface world are curious about too. It's a fun ride, so please read along as we learn about... Before you even read this, you can rest easy knowing it had a happy ending: "I purchased the unit. Aside from an issue where I had some latency in […]

The Best Flanger Pedals for That Thick, Other-Worldly, Wooshing Effect

Updated: Reviews              
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We modern guitarists are lucky. Flanging used to be a nightmare of manipulating reel-to-reel machines, but today it can be achieved in analog or digital fashion all from a small stomp box situated at our feet. This means we can now use it during live performances, too. Most listeners couldn't tell you what the flanger effect is called, but they know it when they hear […]

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