Distortion Tutorial

Electronic Music Producer’s Guide: Distortion

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  • Introduction 0:51


    Multiplier discusses what he will be covering in this series.

  • Frequencies & Harmonics 2:35

    Frequencies & Harmonics

    To understand distortion we must first understand how we as humans hear sound. Multiplier reveals this info and more.

  • What is Distortion? 5:03

    What is Distortion?

    Learn all about distortion, and how it shapes the tone by adding or enhancing harmonics.

  • Dynamics 2:58


    Now get an understanding of the relationship between distortion and dynamics, and how they effect each other, for both the good and bad.

  • Distorting Kick Drums 4:00

    Distorting Kick Drums

    Apply your new found knowledge of distortion and dynamics and see how to distort a kick drum, using a compressor to shape the dynamics.

  • Waveshaping 3:07


    Discover what waveshaping actually does, and get a few insights on how different wave shape types create different types of harmonics (e.g. symmetrical vs asymmetrical).

  • Post-Filtering 2:38


    See how it's often useful and beneficial to EQ/filter, after distortion.

  • Pre-Filtering 3:41


    Discover Pre-filtering, and modulating a pre filter, as well as the broader concept of how changes before distortion have a bigger impact than changes after.

  • Detuning 5:02


    Learn how you can use detuning to fill out the frequency spectrum, more than with distortion alone.

  • Sub Bass 4:11

    Sub Bass

    This video looks at how and why to distort a sub bass, as well as an interesting "2nd harmonic only" distortion mode.

  • Energy, Thickness, & Vocals 3:00

    Energy, Thickness, & Vocals

    Multiplier reveals tricks focused on distorting for thickness, dry/wet mixing, multiband distortion, and magic settings for male vocals.

  • Bit Crushing 7:31

    Bit Crushing

    Here Multiplier reveals what bit crushing (downsampling and bit reducing) is actually doing, and then gives an example on a bass line.

  • Oversampling 2:55


    Explore high-quality distortion modes, and learn what it helps correct, and when you might actually need to use it.

  • Playback Devices 3:08

    Playback Devices

    Understand how playback devices distort and how this needs to be considered when adding distortion in your DAW.

  • True Peak 2:58

    True Peak

    Discover true peak and how it could be creating additional distortion at the playback stage.

  • Distortion Sound Design 3:02

    Distortion Sound Design

    In this video Multiplier shows you how to get creative with distortion, creating some wild sounds!

  • Frequency Shifting Concept 4:31

    Frequency Shifting Concept

    Wrapping it up, see how to get creative with frequency shifters and distortion, and explore a powerful concept regarding harmonics.

Product Overview

Adam Pollard aka Multiplier, takes you on a journey into the land of distortion, and the role it plays on your signals, sounds and creative explorations.

Multiplier begins by welcoming you and then goes over the basics of distortion, and what it is and how it's used. He then demystifies the relationship between distortion and dynamics.

Next, see how to apply distortion and dynamics on a kick drum, and learn all about Waveshaping and what it actually can do for your sounds.

EQ, Filtering and Detuning are then looked at and how they affect using distortion on sound, and then you'll see how and why to distort a sub bass in your track.

Multiplier now gives you videos on using distortion on vocals for energy and thickness, followed by ways to use bit crushing and oversampling for even more sonic possibilities.

Moving on, explore how different playback devices distort, which is important when adding distortion in your DAW, and how "true peak" can be creating distortion in your DAW.

Wrapping it all up, see how to get creative with distortion when sound designing, and using frequency shifting concepts to enhance your distortion and harmonics.

See the individual tutorial descriptions for more info. If you produce electronic music, learn how distortion is a huge part of today's sound and productions... Watch "Electronic Music Producer's Guide: Distortion" today!

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