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BP-200 Mo-Town / Funky Ampeg

You can use this patch to get that deep bassy funk sound like James Jamerson or Donald Dunn. It’s great for covering almost any funk, R&B, MoTown or most rock songs from the 60’s-70’s.  It’s setup using a DI box or headphones, so depending on the amp and cab you are using, you will probably have to tweak the EQ on the BP-200 a bit to keep from overpowering your setup.

Digitech's BP-200 Bass ProcessorDigitech’s BP-200 Bass Processor

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Guitar Scales Cheat Sheet

I wanted to post this just to have a quick guide up for a reference when needing a different scale pattern to use on the fly. This info came from a variety of sources that I found while browsing around the other day. So, Let’s start with the basic patterns for the main scales everyone needs to know.

A Minor PentatonicRead More »Guitar Scales Cheat Sheet

Dod Death Metal Distortion Pedal

DOD released the FX86 Death Metal by early 1994, probably at the same time as the FX33 Buzz Box. Designed for use with guitar or bass, the FX86 was painted solid black with a blood-red splatter finish befitting its name. The FX86 was unique among DOD’s distortion pedals in that it featured three bands of eq but no distortion gain control, resulting in a somewhat limited pallette of distorted sounds (but perfect for extreme metal).

DOD’s self-imposed limit of four control knobs became readily apparent with the FX86, and made it clear that no DOD pedal would ever feature concentric pots (which Boss began using in three different pedals released in 1991, including their MT-2 Metal Zone). The FX86 Death Metal sold well but was ultimately replaced by the final-series FX86B Death Metal Distortion in 1998.

The DOD Death Metal Distortion PedalThe DOD Death Metal Distortion Pedal

Autotune T-Pain Effect

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Antares Autotune is a program developed to help smooth out vocal recording to fix small tonal errors of warping or varying off key.  It can also be used as an effect when done properly such as by Cher or T-Pain.  To get that robotic, tinny, computerized sound, you just have to play with the settings to the max of it’s abilities. These are the settings to get that popular T-Pain sound from your recorded vocals. Read More »Autotune T-Pain Effect

Recording and EQ’ing Rap Vocals

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So when recording Rap / Hip Hop / RnB vocals, there’s a different technique then rock vocals. Rap is usually more of a spoken word type of singing, which gives a different set of  qualities that you have to plan for. As it’s not as pronounced as opera singing, where the vocalist is belting out a range of notes with a full voice.Read More »Recording and EQ’ing Rap Vocals