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Dublin Gig Guide : 4th – 10th December 2017

Dublin Gig Guide: 4th – 10th December 2017 With Friday fast approaching, we’re back with another Dublin Gig Guide! Many of the gigs on this week are unfortunately sold out! Not sure why, possible as the lead up to Christmas more people are deciding to head out for a night out? Who knows, but at least it’s good news for the artists performing as the venues will be full! Anyway, enough digressing, let’s get on with whats going on around town! Monday night as always kicks us off with Dr. Hook playing a sold out show in the Olympia! For

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Music Industry Roundup : October 2017

Eventide announced the release of their Eurorack module with the DDL (digital delay line). Designed for performance, the EuroDDL features external control of every feature and function. It also has been designed to sound less digital than the average delay. Eventide’s old school design strictly limits the amount of digital circuitry to only what’s required for delay. Soft saturation clipping, low pass filter, feedback, insert loop, and +20 dB boost are all analog. Available from January, the DDL will cost $399. For more info head over to Eventide’s website! Pioneer have released a DJ-friendly sampler with the DJS-1000 performance sampler! Promising

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Music Industry Round-Up : August 2017

Music Industry Round-Up : August 2017 IK Multimedia have released a brilliant all-in-one audio interface & MIDI controller. The iRig Keys I/O comes in 25 or 49 key variations and provides everything you need to get up & running, including balanced stereo and headphone outputs, combo input jack for line, instrument and mic input with 48v phantom power, gain control for the combo port and sustain pedal port too. It can also work off USB or 4 AA batteries for all the the people out there who are on the move! LANDR is the new software that makes it easier

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STC Graduates – Class of 2017

Here at Sound Training College we do our utmost to keep up-to-date with what our graduates are up to. We feel it is very important to see how their careers are developing and this year is no different. Recently, we got to talk to a number of our Studio Engineering & Music Production and Live Sound, Lighting & Stage Production graduates to see what they thought of the course, what their experience was like and what they are doing with themselves now! Both our Studio Engineering & Music Production and Live Sound, Lighting & Stage Production courses prepare our students for work

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Dublin Gig Guide : 3rd – 9th July 2017

Dublin Gig Guide : 3rd – 9th July 2017 Last week was a big one regarding festivals with Glastonbury taking place over in England! It really was a spectacle, as Ed Sheeran amazed a packed out crowd with his one man performance that included people being very confused by him using a loop pedal.  Radiohead, The XX, The National, even the leader of the Labour Party in the UK, Jeremy Corbyn was on-stage for a speech! It was a fantastic weekend all around. Over on our shores however we had Sea Sessions up in one of the best surfing spots in

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Music Industry Round-Up : June 2017

Music Industry Round-Up : June 2017 The people over at Output have branched into the studio furniture business! They are known for some of the most interesting plugins, Movement, Substance, Signal, Exhale among others! They had teased us earlier in the month via social media with posts such as “Built By Musicians, For Musicians”, “It Doesn’t Make A Single Sound”, and “It’s Not A Plugin”. Speculation was rife but they finally put everyone out of their misery and finally released Platform. They say we love making music so we should love WHERE we make music too! With enough room for you MIDI

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New Music Monday – 26th June 2017

Kodaline – Brother The Irish 4-piece are back with a new single and album on the way. Lead single “Brother” is classic Kodaline, emotional lyrics and a well constructed chorus “Brother” ticks all the boxes. Grizzly Bear – Four Cypresses The third release off their up-and-coming album “Painted Ruins”. As Grizzly Bear’s Daniel Rossan says it was “Written from the perspective of a homeless man sleeping in a driveway of a place he was staying at in L.A., but broadened it to encompass his thoughts about a refugee experience and life through wartime.” Make of that what you will, but it’s a

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New Music Monday – 12th June 2017

Ray BLK – Doing Me Great chilled out R&B vibes from Ray BLK, off her January BBC Sound Of 2017 award win, I can sense more awards coming her way with tracks like this!   Royal Blood – I Only Lie When I Love You After supporting Guns ‘n’ Roses to having At The Drive In supporting them on some of their European dates, Royal Blood are the next big thing! This track is a perfect example of modern rock ‘n’ roll reminds me of Wolfmother.   SZA – Ctrl Guest appearances on this album from Kendrick Lamar, Isaiah Rashad and

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Dublin Gig Guide : 12th – 18th June 2017

As we are well into June now, the Summer gigs are coming thick and fast! With Forbidden Fruit and Vantastival last weekend we have the Malahide Castle gigs and the Trinity Summer gigs only around the corner! But there’s loads of other great stuff happening over the week in Dublin so let’s crack on with it! Kicking us off on Monday night we have American singer-songwriter Jackson Browne playing Vicar Street for a number of sold out shows! Browne has sold over 18 million albums worldwide and this time around himself his band will be performing all the hits from

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Dublin Gig Guide : 5th – 11th June 2017

Dublin Gig Guide : 5th – 11th June 2017 We’re back with this weeks Dublin Gig Guide! As the festival season is well and truly upon us, with Life festival last weekend in Mullingar and Vantastival and Forbidden Fruit this weekend. We’ve still got Body & Soul, Castlepalooza, Indiependance, Electric Picnic and more over the coming months! A lot to get through! But for now, we’ll stick to whats coming up this week.   Kicking us off on Bank Holiday Monday is the final day of Forbidden Fruit! Taking place at the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham. After Aphex Twin, Moderat,

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Graduate Interview Series – Jamie McEvoy

  Jamie McEvoy is currently working as the resident in-house Assistant Engineer at The Pool Recording Studio in London, the studio is jointly owned by Miloco and producer Ben Hillier. He has worked with countless big names including Noel Gallagher, Placebo, Years & Years, Emeli Sandé, The Wombats, Skepta, Mumford & Sons as well as Stephen Street, Catherine Marks and James Ford. Jamie graduated from the Sound Training College in 2012 and has worked in a number of different studios across Ireland and the UK. We recently got a chance to chat to Jamie about his experience in STC and

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Music Industry Round-Up : May 2017

Music Industry Round-Up : May 2017 The people over at Propellerhead have finally added VST support to Reason! Reason hit our shelves 17 years ago and was released as a self-contained studio with synths, samplers and drum machines. In 2009 they released Record, which added the ability to record, mix and arrange audio which was another thing missing from the original Reason. They have it all now! Upgrades to Reason 9.5 are free for all version 9 holders. Learn more here.  Roland have released the SPD::ONE electronic percussion pads. There are four to choose from Electro, Kick, Percussion and WAV. All

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Dublin Gig Guide : 29th May – 4th June 2017

Dublin Gig Guide : 29th May – 4th June 2017 This week Manchester and the world was devastated when 22 people lost their lives and 59 people suffered injuries when a suicide bomber detonated a bomb in the lobby of the Manchester Arena. Words cannot describe the pain these families and friends have suffered. Our prayers and best wishes go out to each of the families, friends and loved ones that have been affected by this terrorist crime. #RIP   So let’s kick off this weeks gigs! We’ll start as always on Monday night, with George Ezra playing a sold

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Synthesis : A Basic Understanding

Synthesis Many of us will know what a synthesizer looks and sounds like through our experiences with both the software and hardware versions, whether it was bashing away at your brothers keyboard or fiddling around with your first synth VST! They have been around the music industry since the first early concepts began to take shape in the late 50’s early 60’s by a German engineer, Harald Bode. Bode was a pioneer in the development of electronic music instruments, and ended up developing a modular synthesizer and sound processor and in 1961. After this development, he wrote a paper on

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Dublin Gig Guide : 22nd – 28th May 2017

Dublin Gig Guide : 22nd – 28th May 2017 It’s Friday! So, that can only mean one thing here at Sound Training, it’s time for our weekly instalment of our Dublin Gig Guide! This weeks guide comes to you with a heavy heart as this past Wednesday we lost Chris Cornell, lead singer of Soundgarden, Audioslave and more recently Temple of The Dog. Cornell was a powerhouse vocalist and is widely recognised as the voice of a generation. Rising out of the grunge scene in Seattle in the late 1980’s, Soundgarden quickly established themselves as one of the dominating forces,

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Dublin Gig Guide : 15th – 21st May 2017

With some massive gig news recently as of one of the best alternative rock bands there has ever been announcing two headline shows later this year, The National will play Vicar Street in September as part of a worldwide tour and new album, ‘Sleep Well Beast’ which is also set for release in September! We can’t hide our excitement! Anyway, moving on to this weeks gigs! Two heavyweights kick off the week as we have Take That and Natalie Imbruglia! Take That were one of the most popular boy bands of their generation and probably all time. Performing as a

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Dublin Gig Guide : 8th – 14th May

Dublin Gig Guide 8th – 14th May As the sun sets on the best week of the year so far (weather wise) it’s a small reminder that when it’s nice and sunny outside this is the best country in the world! So with that in mind, let’s crack on with this weeks Dublin Gig Guide! A couple of very special shows throughout the week, covering pop, metal, blues and a gig for the fantastic charity Aware! Anyway without further ado, let’s crack on! Monday night sees The Vamps take the stage at the 3 Arena, the young English four-piece began out

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Dublin Gig Guide : 1st – 7th May 2017

Dublin Gig Guide : 1st – 7th May 2017 The weekend is upon once again AND it’s a bank holiday so why not celebrate extended periods off work with our weekly installment of the Dublin Gig Guide! Lots happening over the next week so let’s get straight into it! We’ll kick off on Monday night with While She Sleeps performing in The Academy. The British Metalcore act have recently released their third full-length album earlier this month and are embarking on a month long tour of the UK and Ireland. If Metal is your thing be sure to make it down, similar

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New Music Monday – 24th April 2017

Lana Del Ray – Lust For Life (Feat. The Weeknd) Very catchy new track from Lana Del Ray with accompaniment from ‘Starboy’ himself, The Weeknd. Probably not the most similar pairing of artists we’ve ever seen but it works! Wilkinson – Hypnotic ‘Hypnotic’ is the new album from British producer Wilkinson, focusing on modern day electronica fused with classic drum ‘n’ bass beats, and still fits under the radio-pop category. This is his second full-lenght release and we are expecting much more in the future. Paramore – Hard Times The pop-punk giants Paramore are back! After legal trouble with bassist

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New Music Monday – 17th April 2017

Kendrick Lamar – DAMN K.Dot’s latest effort, DAMN was released a week after it was rumoured and of course it did not disappoint. Kendrick ticks all the boxes with this both lyrically and musically. Also this is his second appearance on New Music Monday so must be doing something right! Check out : D.N.A, Loyalty & Element. Royal Blood – Light’s Out Alternative rock from Brighton, England. The two-piece create a fantastically dense sound with only the two of them. Their tight drums and distored guitars remind one of Wolfmother or Priestess. The lads also have a new album coming June

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Dublin Gig Guide – 17th -23rd April

Dublin Gig Guide – 17th -23rd April We’re back again with our weekly instalment of the Dublin Gig Guide! All the best headline shows from around the city all in one place! After the mania that was Ed Sheeran in the 3 Arena, this week is substantially quieter for big name acts, but none the less we have a number of fantastic shows throughout the week for you to sink your teeth into! Kicking us off on Monday we have Mutefish, an amalgamation of musicians from Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Lithuania and Ukraine. They categorise themselves as Progressive/Techno/Folk, so make of that

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Dublin Gig Guide : 10th – 16th April

Dublin Gig Guide 10th – 16th April It’s that time of the week again, our weekly instalment of the Dublin Gig Guide! This week we have a varied selection of gigs for you to sink your teeth into! It’s Easter this week so Good Friday means no pubs or clubs will be open but fear not as the people behind one of the best one day festivals are putting on the BD festival again this year. A huge variation of artists will be performing at the Glendalough location, including Huxley, Format : B, Heroes In Hiding, Smash Hits, Jimmy Rouge to

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Dublin Gig Guide : 3rd – 9th April

Dublin Gig Guide : 3rd – 9th April It’s that time of the week again where we provide you with all the information you need for the upcoming weeks gigs! A seriously good selection of gigs this week as always, loads of gigs to cover so let’s get started! Starting us off on Monday the 3rd, Olly Murs the former X-Factor runner-up brings his latest tour the the 3 Arena for a one-off show! Murs hit the big time after coming second on the popular reality show The X-Factor, and his career has grown massively since then. Achieving major label

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Music Industry Round-Up : March 2017

Sound Training Industry Round-Up March 2017 So as March draws to a close let’s have a look at some of the main talking points that happened throughout the month, there was some interesting developments with the hardware side of things as a very popular drum machine manufacturer said they would not be updating there flagship product, whereas on the other hand a reliable well-known cheaper alternative brand were discussing the release of their first hardware synth based on the MiniMoog! Dave Smith Instruments have decided to end their development of it’s Tempest Drum Machine after 6 years on the market.

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Recording Guitar Amps : A Basic Guide

The faithful guitar, whether it is an electric or an acoustic, the guitar makes an appearance on almost every song ever recorded. Even for electronic productions, many of the melodies, hooks and riffs will be fleshed out first on the guitar then transferred over. Along with the developments in recording equipment, recording guitar has become as easy as turning on a light switch. All you need is a guitar, an audio interface and a computer. The easiest way to get a simple guitar part recorded would be to go straight from the guitar into the interface, which then goes to

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Dublin Gig Guide : 20th – 26th March

Dublin Gig Guide 20th – 26th March 2017 Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you all from everyone here at Sound Training! Get your green on and make the most of it whether you are heading into the parade in town or just taking it easy with a few friends, be sure to stay safe and enjoy it most of it! This week we will continue to bring you the what’s what around the city with out weekly Dublin Gig Guide! Unwind this week after the Paddy’s Day madness with our help. Starting off the week we have American pop-punkers All-Time-Low

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Dublin Gig Guide : 13th – 19th March

Dublin Gig Guide 13th – 19th March Paddy’s Day as we all know is the 17th March which is Friday week, as always there will be an abundance of live music and events throughout the city around the 16th and continuing for that weekend, but we are here to provide you with all the headline acts from around the city for the days leading up to St. Patrick’s Day so lets get into it! Starting us off this week is The Gloaming and as mentioned last week they will be playing to another sold-out crowd on Monday the 13th of

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Top 5 Freeware Synth Plugins

Everybody loves free stuff, there’s no questioning that and with the amount of money that we spend on our music equipment it’s nice to be able to indulge ourselves with something free. This article is going to go through a quick run-through of some of the best known and highest quality free software synths there is on the market today. This is just a few of the 100’s of free synths there is so be sure to check out some of the others if none of these tickle your fancy, that being said, we are sure that you can find

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Dublin Gig Guide : 6th- 12th March

Dublin Gig Guide – 6th – 12th March 2017 We’re back with our weekly Dublin Gig Guide providing you with all the information you’ll need to plan this weeks gigs around Dublin City! So let’s get started, kicking off the week on Monday evening we have a double header of Irish performances, of very different nature albeit. In the National Concert Hall we have contemporary Irish supergroup The Gloaming are performing the first of a seven gig stint, all of which are sold out! Formed in 2011 the supergroup has expanded the roots of traditional Irish music and developed it

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Dublin Gig Guide 27th February – 5th March

    Dublin Gig Guide 27th February – 5th March 2017 It’s the Dublin Gig Guide back once again on this fine Friday afternoon! We’re here to give you all the info you need for this weeks upcoming gigs to help ease you into the weekend! Good variety of gigs around the city this week. Starting off the week with their second successive sold out show at the Olympia is Elbow, playing another sold out show on Monday night, if you didn’t catch a ticket you can still catch them in Cork during the week as tickets are still available

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Dublin Gig Guide 20th – 26th February

Dublin Gig Guide 20th – 26th February It’s Friday and that can mean only one thing…It’s the Dublin Gig Guide brought to you by Sound Training! As the year progresses on more and more headline gigs are being announced every week, Arcade Fire announced a massive show in Malahide Castle later on this year and it is sure to be a great show as they haven’t performed in Ireland since 2014! Also announced is a string of mouth-watering gigs this summer all set to take place over the span of 5 days. Acts announced include Pixies, Fangclub, Bell X1, Alt-J

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Plugin Presets

So you’ve just bought a brand new shiny plugin and you can’t wait to start using it in your tracks, so where is the best place to start? Loading up a preset and seeing what the plugin can do of course! This is all well and good but from experience I know that people can get very comfortable with using presets, I know this because I myself am guilty of it! Many will find it the simplest solution to getting a sound that they desire instead of doing what we all really should be doing as creative artists and dissecting

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A Guide To Buying A Computer For Music Production

Be sure to check out a full list of Sound Engineering & Music Production courses we offer both online and in a classic classroom environment at Sound Training Online & Sound Training College! At the heart and soul of every recording studio is of course the computer. Some people may argue that we rely too much on computers these days but the way technology has developed and is constantly developing it is hard to shy away from the need to keep on top of computer changes and upgrades, it is in the best interest for you as a music producer. The brainchild

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Dublin Gig Guide : 6th February – 12th February

Dublin Gig Guide 6th February – 12th February It’s that time of the week once more! We here at Sound Training are back with our weekly Gig Guide for all the info you need for all the best shows around the city for the up and coming week! First up on Monday evening at the Olympia Theatre, we have Icelandic folk-rockers Kaleo playing at 8PM, Kaleo have gathered a massive fan base over the last 2 or 3 years proving that there is more great Icelandic music out there other than Sigúr Rós! Again showing that they ain’t going anywhere

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Dublin Gig Guide : 29th January – 5th February

Dublin Gig Guide 29th January – 5th February  We’re back with this weeks Dublin Gig Guide! Everything you need to plan the weeks gigs! Kicking off this week we have a fantastic show in Vicar Street with Fun Lovin’ Criminals! The Scooby snackers will be playing all the hits and it’s not one to miss! Doors at 7PM, tickets are still available at €35! Next up on Thursday night we have Exmagician from Belfast. Things are looking good for the Belfast rockers, with a number of shows booked in Ireland and the UK throughout February Exmagician are ones to keep an

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Stereo Recording Techniques

Stereo microphone recording techniques are commonly used in the recording process and can offer great flexibility and advantages to recording specific elements. Imagine you have landed a session in a church recording a 15-piece choir for example, you are hardly going to set up 15 individual microphones and lug along a desk or interface with enough channels for the session, it’s unrealistic, unnecessary and a huge amount of work. Employing one of the many different stereo recording techniques can be much simpler, faster and you can achieve high quality recordings with minimum mics. Below we are going to go through some

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Dublin Gig Guide : 23rd January – 29th January 2017

Dublin Gig Guide : 23rd January – 29th January 2017 I’m not sure about you, but I have got that Friday Feeling! That means it’s time again for our weekly Dublin Gig Guide! We’re here to give you all the information you’ll need to plan the weeks gigs accordingly! So let’s get started! Kicking off the week on Monday evening, we have four-time Grammy award winner Olivia Newton-John performing with special guests in the National Concert Hall, doors for this one are at 8PM so make sure to get down early! Tuesday night the Sugar Club hosts a very special

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Dublin Gig Guide : 16th – 22nd January 2017

Dublin Gig Guide 16th – 22nd January  We’re back with our weekly instalment of the Dublin Gig Guide brought to you by Sound Training Online! Fairly busy week for gigs around the city, and we have all the info you’ll need to plan the week accordingly! First off we have Kentucky rockers Cage The Elephant performing in The Academy on Monday night, followed by singer-songwriter Martha Wainwright playing Vicar Street the following night. Two different styles of music but both should draw big crowds and both gigs will be great! Wednesday night is one for fans of the heavier style

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Guitar Amp Emulation – Software & Hardware

Guitar amp simulators, loved by many, loathed by many. You can not be a guitarist in society today without hearing names such as Kemper, AmpliTube, Guitar Rig, the list goes on. As many of us have delved into recording at home with our own reasonably/not so reasonably sized bedroom/garage home studios, the idea of having a room dedicated solely to building up a collection of high quality tube and solid state guitar amps and heads, loads of effects and rack mounted gear has for the most part, been dashed. Many of us, can find solace with the number of hardware

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Expect Delays – A Brief Insight Into Delay

Delay In today’s ever growing realm of technological advancements, Delay has maintained its crown as one of the most effective and versatile audio effects there is. Delay, at its simplest, is a delayed or repeated audio signal that is fed back into itself. The sound is recorded, stored and then is played back after a certain length of time, which is determined by the setting on the Delay unit. Delay units possess many parameters that can help alter and manipulate the sound. Delay is commonly used on multiple elements including, but not limited to, Vocals, Guitars, and even Drums! Delay

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Understanding Reverb

Reverb is an essential tool in the arsenal of both the Sound Engineer and the Producer alike. It wasn’t until the late 1930’s that the first artificial reverb was created, which finally enabled the Sound Engineer to control and shape the sound of reverb. Skip forward to 1976, where the next big milestone in the history of Reverb belongs to EMT, as they created the world’s first digital reverb unit, the “EMT 250″. As the years went by, more and more companies began to develop and release their own styles of reverb units, each one with its own unique sounds

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Warping in Ableton Live

In the pre-Warping era, altering the tempo (or playback speed) of a piece of audio would also alter the pitch. Slowing down audio would lower the pitch, where speeding up audio would raise the pitch.

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