Tone is in the fingers?

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  1. Frodebro

    Frodebro Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I think that it's part of the chest-thumping thing. If somebody claims that distortion is only good for hiding poor playing, it seems to reason that what they are REALLY saying is "He only sounds like he's a better player than I am because he has a distorted tone to hide behind."
     
  2. J-man

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    Distortion can emphasise mistakes, too. It really depends.

    Reverb.. Now that's great for hiding mistakes. :D
     
  3. adamkavanagh

    adamkavanagh Tele-Holic

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    everyone knows that tone is in the money that you spend not the time you spend practicing, duh
     
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    If you asked Sir Mix-A-Lot, he might possibly propose that tone is in our butts. Our big butts.
     
  5. Chritty

    Chritty Tele-Afflicted

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    And he quite clearly states that he cannot lie
     
  6. trev333

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    I tried to play my Theremin with my toes... the tone was awful standing on my hands while playing... then I tried my hands and fingers....

    oh yeh.... tonefingers indeed.... like magic...;)

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  7. Larry F

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    When I compose electronic music, I don't like a lot of reverb, as it washes away details of my sounds. I've learned to accept that everybody else likes a little reverb in my music, so I've managed to strike a balance on that.

    On guitar, I also don't like reverb, but I hate dryness even worse. I remember when drums started to be recorded as dry as could be in the early 70s. It was hideous to me. As for me, when playing live, the room itself supplies enough reflection to help with the ambiance. Otherwise, I will use delay. Lately, I have gone back to reverb, using the Fuchs Verbrator after a Maxon AD999 or MXR Carbon Copy in the FX loop of my Quinn Dumble-type amp.

    Here is a clip of Lake Street Dive playing live in a very small, dry space: . I hate the dryness, and I would be very unhappy if I had to play in that environment. However, the singer is so amazingly great, her nuances would be washed over with too much reverb.

    So, the result is that the performance sounds better without the reverb, I surmise. But the audio quality would sound better, still surmising, with reverb.

    I guess this stuff is obvious, but sometimes a clip will come along that nicely encapsulates an idea like this.
     
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