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Comparing two Opto Compressors

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You would think that a specific compressor type will always behave exactly the same from manufacturer to manufacturer……..but that is rarely the case. In the case of minimum phase designed hardware the circuit path and components used account for the ‘colour’ of the unit. This is why we might choose a Neve over a SSL….simply […]

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Processing a Kick Drum in Parallel

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Layering drum sounds is an art form and a science in its own right. I will show you how to design a monster kick drum using tone modules for layering and triggering. The technique I am going to share with you here is a little advanced in that you would have to wear both the […]

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Layering Reverbs for a Big Lush Effect

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I call this very cool technique Wrapping Reverbs An Old School industry technique that has been around for ages involves using two reverbs in series to create a dense yet lush effect. The approach is quite simple: the first reverb is used to denote proximity or the closeness of sound which we often refer to […]

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How to use Reverb for Electronic Drums

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Almost every social group or forum I visit the question that always rears its head is ‘ can I use reverb on my kick drum and if so how do I do it?’ The problem is that certain drums sounds, predominantly sub based low frequency sounds like kick drums, don’t sit well with reverb. Reverb […]

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Using Cubase’s Stock Reverb Plugins

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Reverb has always been the main reverb producers reach for for their mixes. Creating specific spaces for your music to swim in is accomplished by the use of reverb. To understand how a reverb works please watch this video: In most cases producers will use their own favoured reverb plugins but I have to be […]

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Flanger Effect – what is it and how does it work

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A flanger is another modulation effect whereby the delayed signal, which is added back to an equal amount of the dry signal, is modulated by using a LFO. If you add the output back into the input (feedback) you get resonance with the comb-filter effect. Comb-filtering occurs when the delayed signal is combined with the […]

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Delay Effect – what is it and how does it work

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Delay is actually very simple to understand. The process entails taking an audio signal, holding it in temporary memory, and then playing it back after a certain time. The earliest form of delay involved using tape loops that would record and play back the signal. A signal was fed through the tape via the record […]

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Chorus Effect – what is it and how does it work

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With effects such as chorus, flanging, phasing and vibrato pitch modulation is used along with delay. With chorus, , an equal mix of the wet and dry signal is used with the wet signal being delayed and pitch modulated. The pitch is modulated using an LFO as the source and both the depth and rate […]