If you’ve been paying attention to recent music trends at all you’ll no doubt have noticed crunchy textures and raspy flavours plastered across everything from bass sounds to lead vocals. Grit is back in a big way, and producers around the globe are all reaching for that most misunderstood of audio tools – distortion. To the uninformed, distortion is either a negative consequence of pushing an audio signal too hard, or to blame for some of the questionable musical directions of the 80s.
In reality, distortion can be defined as anything that modifies a waveform, which covers a tremendous amount of scenarios. In a music production environment, distortion tools can smooth transients, control dynamic range, add harmonics, and so much more. There are many different forms of distortion that all bring their own individual character to the table, a table that you’ll find in FX Editor, Loopcloud’s very own effects kitchen. In this article, we’ll explain what each type is, how it’s created, and how to make use of it in your own mixes.
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