New video: Compression explained, sidechain filtering, equal loudness contours, FIR filter lookahead, and why RChannel is the greatest plugin ever
In this post, I demonstrate how EQ can predict the future, and how we can use this to approximate transformer distortion, with examples. We won’t be breaking any laws of causality, but we will see how audio signal processing is unintuitive. Also, I won’t make you do any actual maths. Continue reading
Whether you are using real hi hats or samples, I personally find them the most difficult thing to EQ. Harsh sounding hi hats can make your mixes sound obviously amateur. Here is a trick for making it easier. (This method mostly applies to hi hats recorded on their own, not as part of a drum kit). Continue reading
How to master your tracks to sound “right” instead of “enhanced”. Mastering your own music isn’t really a good idea, but neither is spending £100s you don’t have for someone else to do it. So here’s a guide on how to actually get it done, focusing on the why instead of of the what.
Imagine you want to record a singer. You want him or her to hear reverb in their headphones, but you don’t want to actually record this reverb, and you also want to use zero-latency hardware monitoring, so that the singer can hear themselves in their headphones without any latency whatsoever. In this post, I explain how to set this up, but without using the pre-fader send technique. Continue reading
Put on a pair of headphones. Or make sure you’re positioned in the “sweet spot” of your speakers, so that you have a very clear stereo image. Then listen to these two versions of the same loop. Continue reading
If you’re using a compressor to make a track in your project sound loud and upfront, then choosing whether or not to use a high pass filter in your sidechain could be important.
Why? Because how your compressor perceives volume may not be the same as how the human ear perceives volume. In this post, I explain why it’s sometimes a good idea to put a highpass filter in the sidechain of your compressor. Continue reading