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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Instant Effects Setup

Ever wondered what effects to dial in so things sound good during tracking without getting into your head turned around by the infinite possibilities available? Here's a quick and easy setup that will sound great on just about any kind of music without having to pull you hair out over parameter settings.
  • For drums - a reverb using a dark room set to about 1.5 seconds of decay with a predelay of 20 milliseconds
  • For all other instruments - a plate with about 1.8 seconds of decay and a predelay of 20 milliseconds
  • For Vocals - a delay of about 220 milliseconds.
It's amazing how well these settings work without any tweaking, but if you can't help yourself, you can time the delay and predelays to the song, but keep the parameter close to the settings above. For instance, if the only delay in the 220 region is a 232 ms quarter-note-triplet, that's the one to use. The decay is set so that the decay of a snare drum hit just about fades out by the time the next one comes around.

Remember, these settings are to be used as a quick way to get your mix sounding really good during tracking. For mixing, they may be a starting point, but you'll probably want to get a lot more sophisticated. We'll cover that in another post.

1 comment:

Chris Dixon said...

Thanks for all your help Bobby! Your books are excellent, too - informative and thought-provoking, and written with a rare clarity (which, as a teacher myself, I very much appreciate)! Thank you! More books please!


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