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    "Now" is equal to the limit as "soon" approaches zero where "soon" is equal to t.
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    Or, learn this version instead...


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    Sounds like she’s only using a tremolo effect alone.

    When I played this song against the record back in the day (when it came out) I used a noise gate at 100% mix with a sharp envelope and a trigger mask of 360ms mixed with a single-repeat delay of 180ms filling in between. (Those milliseconds may not be exactly right, I’m just going by memory. Need to check the BPM of the song again.)

    A tremolo by itself never sounded right to me, particularly if you percussively scratch the strings the way Marr did at some of the turnarounds. You can hear a delay when he scratches the strings. I didn’t use a capo either. But whatever sounds right. I have no idea how he really made the sound in the studio. I used two SPX90s in series to make the sound.
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    I read an article on how The Smiths did that awesome guitar "trem". The guitarist said that they had two Fender Twins and he and like the producer or engineer were constantly adjusting the speed while they were recording the guitars so that they stayed somewhat in time with each other. That's crazy, lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 75lespaul View Post
    I read an article on how The Smiths did that awesome guitar "trem". The guitarist said that they had two Fender Twins and he and like the producer or engineer were constantly adjusting the speed while they were recording the guitars so that they stayed somewhat in time with each other. That's crazy, lol.
    I bet tap tempo would make it easier.

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    Without a doubt, lol. Did they even have that when this was recorded? I'm too old, I can't remember, hahaha.
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    I'm pretty sure that they didn't.

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    So “How Soon Is Now” was recorded in 1984, first released in 1985.

    All I can find from the only-partially-reliable-internet-memory consensus is the earliest device with tap tempo may have been a Roland SDE rack delay in 1984, with other “unobtainable” rack units in the next few years following suit. Foot pedal delays with tap tempo not appearing until around the mid nineties from Boss, Eventide and Line6.

    Interestingly enough, the Wiki account of the recording of How Soon Is Now says they ran the initial recorded guitar track back through three Fender Twin Reverbs oscillating at different rates and ran that 3-channel mix back through a noise gate set to trigger from a percussion device to keep the overall oscillations in time with the song.
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