Using Saturation in a Mix

Guest post time! Continuing with our recent theme on saturation – we have Kim Lajoie speaking to us about his approach to saturation.

Saturation is a wonderful tool for mixing. This is especially true for computer-based DAWs, which allow us to go from transparent clean digital sound through to smeared murky smashed sound. And everywhere in between. The variety of available plugins and different approaches give producers and engineers a huge toolkit and capability to choose the right saturation for each track.

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FabFilter Saturn – The Saturation Workhorse

Continuing the series about my favorite plugins, it’s time for the FabFilter Saturn. Saturn does multiband distortion/saturation. It is the most versatile of the saturation plugins I use.  It goes really deep. I bought it about a year back and since then I’ve used it on most of the tunes I’ve made. I even use it for mastering sometimes.Continue Reading

Effective Techniques to Learn Compression

Learn compression

Compression has become an integral ingredient of most music these days. At the same time it remains somewhat a secret science – a commonly misunderstood one. It’s a great pleasure to have the mastering engineer Barry Gardner from SafeandSound online mastering services to talk to us about how to learn compression. During his long career in music Barry has worked with people such as Terry Callier, Ronnie Wood, Craig David, Kano, Chick Corea and many others. Needless to say he knows his stuff. Time to pay attention.

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Maschine Tutorial Videos – Inspiration and Advanced Techniques

Native Instruments Maschine

I am an avid fan of the Native Instruments Maschine. I just love it. What strikes me the most is how it can be used in so many different ways. I’ve picked up a lot by watching videos on Youtube and observing how other people are using it.  There are tons of Maschine tutorial videos out there. HOWEVER… That’s the problem.

Youtube has become infested with poorly produced crap “tutorials” that don’t really offer anything of interest to most people.

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How To Sound Fat Like Pete Rock

You know, there’s a reason why drums sounded so good on a lot of tunes recorded in the 90′s…

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