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Electronic Music Producer’s Guide: Distortion

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    Introduction (0:51)


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    Frequencies & Harmonics (2:35)


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    What is Distortion? (5:03)


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    Dynamics (2:58)


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    Distorting Kick Drums (4:00)


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    Waveshaping (3:07)


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    Post-Filtering (2:38)


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    Pre-Filtering (3:41)


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    Detuning (5:02)


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    Sub Bass (4:11)


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    Energy, Thickness, & Vocals (3:00)


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    Bit Crushing (7:31)


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    Oversampling (2:55)


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    Playback Devices (3:08)


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    True Peak (2:58)


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    Distortion Sound Design (3:02)


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    Frequency Shifting Concept (4:31)


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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matt c
Submitted 2 weeks ago

Another Awesome Tutorial!!

I really like seeing the visual examples of how the distortion actually affects the sound that it is being applied to. This is another piece of the puzzle learning to control and master your sound. Thanks a lot for your knowledge and clear speaking to convey the information.

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AICY12
Submitted 2 weeks ago

Just what it says, You want to know what distrortion could contribute to a track.

Thanks for helping me to understand what distortion is. Bit crushing, thickness, energy, oversampling, how to use Ozone Trash especially helpful. I didn't get much on how to use on actual instruments other than the kick and bass, what you did show has some very dramatic implications for sound design. I can't wait to try some of this out.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Sound for Film/TV, Ableton Live, Cubase

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started producing music just over 5 years ago, right about when Skrillex's Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites EP dropped.

2. What training have you had?

I'm fully self-taught, and haven't had any formal training. I use online resources and learn a lot by talking to other producers about how they do things too.

3. When did you get into recording?

(same answer as number 1)

4. People you have worked with/for?

DJTechTools, iZotope, Output, CAPSUN Pro Audio, Loopmasters, Plugin Boutique, Industrial Strength, 5Pin Media

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I've had a lot of experience in the EDM space, from producing tracks and sample packs that have charted on sites like Beatport, through to DJing internationally and running a record label. And on the training side I've produced thousands of tutorials, and also tutor people one to one.

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Electronic Music Producer’s Guide: Distortion is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 2.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Another Awesome Tutorial!! I really like seeing the visual examples of how the distortion actually affects the sound that it is being applied to. This is another piece of the puzzle learning to control and master your sound. Thanks a lot for your knowledge and clear speaking to convey the information.
Date published: 2018-05-09
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Just what it says, You want to know what distrortion could contribute to a track. Thanks for helping me to understand what distortion is. Bit crushing, thickness, energy, oversampling, how to use Ozone Trash especially helpful. I didn't get much on how to use on actual instruments other than the kick and bass, what you did show has some very dramatic implications for sound design. I can't wait to try some of this out.
Date published: 2018-05-08