Reverb Timing

Timing is what often makes the difference between professional and amateurish sounding material. Timing the reverbs is part of this but easily overlooked.

Time the pre-delay, early reflections and reverb tail to support the rhythm of your track. What I like to do is first make the reverb really loud and solo that together with the rhythm tracks. Then start adjusting. Utilize envelope controls (if any) to take things further.

Remember – good timing doesn’t mean everything has to be 100% tight and spot on. You should rather just go with what feels right.

With the right timing your reverbs will contribute to the overall groove of the track instead of taking away from it.

Next week we’ll be getting a lot more creative with reverb, stay tuned.

Why I Love Logic Studio

I started my production career back in 1996 using trackers – mainly Impulse Tracker and Buzz. About 10 years ago I made the switch to Logic – it was version number 4 back then. I’ve worked on other software since then (Cakewalk, Cubase, Ableton Live, Pro Tools) but always felt Logic just works best for what I do. Here is a roundup of things that makes me like it so much.

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Mixing for Vinyl: Don’t Fall for These Traps

If your track comes in from the vinyl press sounding like shit, what would be your first reaction? Bad mastering, right? Wrong answer geeza.. Guess what – I’m blaming it on you. Mixing for vinyl ain’t your everyday walk in the park. Looks like I’ve got a bit of explaining to do while you glimpse at the mirror.

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Tune Your Bass Sounds

It is a good idea to aim to have the bulk of your sub-bass and bassdrum one octave apart from each other. Continue Reading

Inspect the Real Performance of Your EQ

Inspect the effect of your favourite EQs have on the sound using a spectrum analyzer. It is easy to get tricked by the curve that you see on the interface of the EQ. Sometimes it’s not an accurate description of what is really going on. Continue Reading

Clean the Low End of the Mix

When mixing a track, go through every single track and sound. Inspect them using a spectrum analyzer.

Many times you will discover unnecessary low end (0-80hz) hum and rumble in pads, vocals, effects, etc. Clean that up!
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Mixing: How To Tackle Common Problems – part 2

In the first part of this article we went through four common problems that keep occuring in mixdowns and discussed the solutions to tackle them.

1. THE LOW END CLASH

2. TOO MUCH BASS

3. THE MIXDOWN IS HEAVILY COMPRESSED/LIMITED

4. CLICKS/POPS/ERRORS IN THE MIXDOWN

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Mixing: How To Tackle Common Problems – part 1

It’s easy to get lost in the sea of features we have in modern music production software and lose sight of the basics. Here’s a lowdown on some of the most common problems with mixdowns I receive for mastering and tips on how to avoid them.

Make recognizing and avoiding these basic mistakes a part of your routine. Please bear in mind – while this advice is quite universal, it’s written with drum and bass and dubstep music in mind. Continue Reading

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