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Electronic Music Producer’s Guide: Distortion

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    Introduction

    Multiplier discusses what he will be covering in this series.

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    Frequencies & Harmonics

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

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    What is Distortion?

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

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    Dynamics

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

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    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.

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    Waveshaping

    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).

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    Post-Filtering

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

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    Pre-Filtering

    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.

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    Detuning

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

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    Sub Bass

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

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    Energy, Thickness, & Vocals

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

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    Bit Crushing

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

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    Oversampling

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

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    Playback Devices

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

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    True Peak

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

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    Distortion Sound Design

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

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    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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HardDiskMusic
Submitted 6 months ago

Wow explain a lot of technical details in easy way

Good to have knowledge & Important

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Sound for Film/TV, Cubase


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JerryLive
Submitted 6 months ago

Clear !

Multiplier actually understands distortion, no gobbildy gook...

I am a: Semi-Pro, Game Designer, Ableton Live, Cakewalk Sonar


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matt c
Submitted 10 months 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 10 months 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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HardDiskMusic
Submitted 6 months ago

Wow explain a lot of technical details in easy way

Good to have knowledge & Important

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Sound for Film/TV, Cubase

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

JerryLive
Submitted 6 months ago

Clear !

Multiplier actually understands distortion, no gobbildy gook...

I am a: Semi-Pro, Game Designer, Ableton Live, Cakewalk Sonar

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
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matt c
Submitted 10 months 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.

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

AICY12
Submitted 10 months 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

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
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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 4.8 out of 5 by 4 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Wow explain a lot of technical details in easy way Good to have knowledge & Important
Date published: 2018-08-31
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Clear ! Multiplier actually understands distortion, no gobbildy gook...
Date published: 2018-08-25
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
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