Signal Processing

“Blooming” Reverb—Better than Pre-Delay | Here's how to have lush reverb that doesn't step on note attacks

5 Compression Tips for Vocals | Everyone seems to use compression on vocals, so let's maximize the effectiveness.

Bus Compression - Without a Bus Compressor | If you have a compressor, you have what you need for a "glue" bus compressor.

How to Use Transient Shapers | Transient shapers have tended to fly under the radar bit, but there's increasing interest in using them to enhance mixes.

Should EQ Go Before or After Compression? | Let's find out if there's a definitive answer.

How to Build Your Ideal Amp Sim Cabinet | If you have the right amp sim for your needs, but can’t find the right cabinet...then make your own!

Out-of-Phase Pickup Tone Emulation with EQ | You don't need to rewire your guitar to emulate out-of-phase pickup tone.

Build a Virtual Room for Your Amp Sim | Your guitar or bass sound depends on a lot more than just the instrument and the amp.

Reverb Basics and Parameters | To tweak reverb parameters, first you need to know what they do, and how they affect the sound.

5 "Wrong" Effects Orders | Sometimes being wrong ends up being what's right. Find out how to mess your sound - but in creative ways.

The Key to Transparent Compression | When you want kinder, gentler compression, here's the answer.

How to Do Envelope-Controlled Flanging with Melodyne | This isn't a joke: there really is an envelope-controlled flanger hidden inside Melodyne.

How to Create a Super Phase Shifter Effect | This technique ups the drama quotient for most phase shifter effects.

Beef Up Analog Beatbox Drum Sounds | Use saturation and EQ to make your analog drum sounds more powerful.

Use a Multiband Compressor as a High-Quality Graphic EQ | It may seem odd, but try this - a precision graphic EQ may be what you need.

Analog Distortion vs. Digital Distortion | There's good distortion, and nasty distortion. Find out how to keep the nasty distortion at bay.

Alternative Clean Guitar Sounds with Novel EQ Curves | Novel EQ curves create some of the out-of-phase pickup vibe—but with more options.

Solving the Envelope Filter Problem | An envelope filter can now follow the guitar input, when inserted anywhere in a signal chain.