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Electronics for Vocalists

Using effects to enhance performance

JD Walter
JD Walter

The voice is a beautiful instrument on its own, with no need for electronic effects to supplement it. But why do we add effects to any instrument? For me it changes the palette, which adds to the vibe of the song and enables me to use sounds in a live setting that were previously reserved for the studio.

Not only can effects add to the quality of a performance, they also have benefits in the practice room. The general acoustics of your apartment or house probably aren’t sonically flattering, but you shouldn’t have to go to a gig or sing in the shower to experience pleasing sound. We as singers feed off our sound, and can experience new and interesting timbres from some basic equipment that won’t break the bank. Exploring this equipment at home will make you want to practice and allow you to work more efficiently with sound engineers to perfect the sonics of your live show.

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