Greetings and salutations. We have a new podcast for you this morning.
Today’s show is all about what you do with a sung track after you have recorded it. Ariah Firefly and I demonstrate how the de-esser squashes sibilance, how double-tracking and self-doubling work, and how the vocoder can just about any song sound like the chorus to Dr. Dre’s “California Love.” We also swim in a lake of reverb, and hear why a huge arena reverb may not work with a highly melismatic vocal line. What is a melismatic vocal line, you ask? (Dramatic pause.) Prepare yourself, for enjoyment awaits you. At the bottom of the page, you can hear for yourself how these effects are used in songs by Madonna, Liz Phair, 2Pac and Bjork.
Go straight to Episode 12 here, or head over to the main podcast page to see and hear all of these free shows.
On that podcast page, you can also chat with Ariah and me about this or any of the other episodes.


  1. crystal
    May 17, 2007 at 8:18am
    despite the bad news, just wanted to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for everything...your hard work has opened my eyes to some incredible musicians, made my work days enjoyable, and saved me in some dark moments. thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge and support musicians. music heals. glad someone out there knows it. x
  2. Judy
    May 17, 2007 at 10:16am
    After a long respite from purchasing CD's I started to purchase music again. This is due to the fact that I was able to listen to music via Pandora that is not played on mainstream radio stations.
  3. JPalmer
    May 17, 2007 at 11:21am
    I am very sorry to lose as my daily companion. I wish you the best in your continued work and thank you most heartily for efforts on behalf of your listeners/friends on the northern side of that line-in-the-sand called "border".
  4. Kevin Seal
    May 17, 2007 at 11:25am
    Thank you, Crystal and Judy and JPalmer. Those comments are tremendously appreciated right now.
  5. Adam
    May 17, 2007 at 12:07pm
    Again, thanks so much for the service. I look forward to hearing it again on our frozen northern computers! Anything we can do with the Canadian Government?
  6. McDahlvik
    May 17, 2007 at 1:57pm
    What am i going to listen too now? The music at yahoo sucks. And these bands i cant even find in the stores or even on limewire. :(
  7. Shawn
    May 17, 2007 at 6:18pm
    I agree with the other comments posted. Pandora is amazing and I'm sorry to lose access to it. It was a wonderful thing to have while it lasted and made my days at work all that much more enjoyable. You have created an incredible thing here and I truly wish you all the best and incredible unlimited success with it. Even if I can't listen in, I'll be cheering you on! If there's anything I can do from this side of the border then please, let me know!! Best of luck and thank you so very much for the fantastic music you have helped me discover! If and when Canada is permitted to listen in again... I'll be one of the first in line! ROCKS!!!!
  8. liz88
    May 18, 2007 at 8:15am
    Why don't you northern folk simply provide fake adddresses in the good ole' US of A ? Only kiddin ?
  9. Ansley
    May 18, 2007 at 3:47pm
    Hey! I love this site! It has been great finding new music. Y'all should check out Julia Easterlin. She has sung at the Grammys twice. Shes kinda Nora Jones, with more jazzy pop... maybe.. She's really all her own amazing sound. Do yourself a favor and just check it out!
  10. sebastien leonhart
    May 19, 2007 at 9:07am
    Cette nouvelle est comme une epee qui creuse un douloureux sillon dans la veine extraordinaire que vous avez su ouvrir en nous. Votre travail est extraordinaire et nous ne pouvons que feliciter l'equipe de Pandora pour le travail exceptionnel que vous avez fait au cours de ces annees. Merci encore et croyez bien que nous suivrons avec beaucoup d'interet les developpements de votre site.

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