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The role of pads

by Kim Lajoie on January 9, 2012

Nope, not the switch on your microphone preamp. Pads are generally soft sustained notes in the background. Most synths have a preset category for this. They often sound impressive (or silly) when playing big two-handed chords. They’re most commonly used to support the current chord and fill out the harmonic (and spectral) texture. For example, […]

Examples of using group busses

by Kim Lajoie on September 19, 2011

Group busses are a versatile and useful mixing technique. They’re often used in a variety of different situations: Distorted guitar stacks. It’s quite common to layer or doubletrack (or tripletrack or quadrupletrack) distorted guitar parts in order to make them sound bigger. Sometimes the layers are all recorded with the same setup (same guitar, same […]