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Vocoders Explained

  History The vocoder was developed in 1928 by Bell Labs, and first demonstrated in 1939 at the New York World’s Fair. Its intended use was to reduce the bandwidth of voice information, allowing it to be transferred across further distances. However, the voice reproduction of these early systems were not great and they were never used for this purpose. However, they were used to send encoded messages during the second world war.   [embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLKEnvsEFz8[/embedyt]   How it Works A vocoder works by analysing the sound of a modulator signal, which is usually a human voice. The modulator signal…

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ES-8 Effects Switcher and DD-500 Delay Explained by Guitarist Sef

Sef, the lead guitarist for the Canadian alternative band, Your Favourite Enemies, is a pedal fanatic. His board is loaded with a massive selection of stompboxes, which he blends together in highly creative ways to craft his diverse guitar textures. Sef recently replaced a simpler effects switcher with the BOSS ES-8, and he was blown away by all the amazing things he…

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Robbie Grunwald: My Time at Hillside Festival

Hillside is a truly special little bubble that has few parallels in the world of summer folk festivals. This past July, I had the pleasure of playing the Hillside Festival for the first time in my 10 plus years of being a professional touring musician. I can’t believe it has taken this long for me to…

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Toronto duo Darcys on gear, influences and how they met

  Darcys on the Roland JU-06 Sound Module   Darcys on the BOSS RE-20 Space Echo & BC-1X Bass Comp   Darcys on the Roland SPD-SX Sampling Pad   Darcys on the BOSS VO-1 Vocoder   Darcys on the Roland JC-40 Jazz Chorus Guitar Amplifier

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AraPacis – Using Roland Gear On And Off The Stage

I’ve been using Roland and BOSS equipment for a long time, especially the GR line of guitar synths. I’ve owned a GR-1, a GR-09, a GR-30, and now I’m using the GR-55. I’m also using a BOSS ME-70 as my main guitar effects pedal.  In my home studio, the centerpiece of my recording equipment is…

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Musician of the Month – Wayne Stewart

Wayne Stewart is a familiar face at Vancouver’s highest profile cultural events as a musician, actor, and emcee. He’s also a singer, composer, keyboardist, guitarist, and teacher.  His music is rooted in jazz and rhythm and blues, and the belief that music should always be, first and foremost, fun!  – for both the players and the…

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Musician of the Month – Adrian X

Adrian “X” Eccleston is a seasoned live guitarist, writer, producer, and studio musician from Toronto. He’s toured the world with Drake and Kylie Minogue as their live guitarist, played live with Leona Lewis, Serena Ryder, The Weeknd, and many other artists, and appeared on shows like Jimmy Kimmel, Ellen, and the Late Show with David Letterman….

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Qui est Sébastien Plante?

Qui est Sébastien Plante? « Je suis leader et chanteur principal du groupe Les Respectables, depuis maintenant plus de 23 ans. Notre nouveau single, Cette fille, vient tout juste d’atteindre la première place de tous les palmarès au Québec! Nous nous apprêtons donc à faire un retour fracassant, et nous sommes impatients de retourner en studio et…

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Musician of the Month – Sébastien Plante

“I’m the front man and lead singer for the band Les Respectables, and have been for more than 23 years now. Our brand new single Cette Fille has just reached the #1 spot on all charts across Québec!  So, we are on the verge of a nice BIG come-back and we cannot wait to go…

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Musician of the Month – Felipe Gomez

Many musicians have gone on tour. Not many musicians have gone on tour… on a bike. “I am a life enthusiast, a music lover, a teacher and a traveler. When I say I love music, I am sharing with you all the music that I have created in the last ten years, countless hours of practice, the elation of playing full crowd shows, yet also…

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Musician of the Month – Laura Beach

Twin Voices is an indie electro-folk project with roots in the Ottawa Valley and wings in Saskatoon and Montreal. Laura Beach crafts a dark and lovely sound with live looping of violin, voice, synth, percussion and guitar. Her performance is equal parts stunning simplicity and playful complexity. Classically trained on violin, Laura Beach set aside…