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Alternatives to reverb

by Kim Lajoie on August 14, 2009

Reverb adds two properties to sounds – diffusion and depth. While there are many ways of changing the balance between diffusion and depth, there are times when a more extreme approach is required. Reverb may not be the best solution if a sound needs a lot of diffusion but very little depth, or a lot […]

Mixing with multiple reverbs

by Kim Lajoie on August 13, 2009

One way to contruct a subtle and complex ambience in a mix is to combine two different approaches to reverb. Going about this in an informed, deliberate way will result in a much more refined and appropriate sound than by simply stacking two different reverb algorithms (either in parallel or – heaven forbid – serial). […]

Effects on a send

by Kim Lajoie on August 11, 2009

Sends are an interesting component of mixer topologies. They allow a combination of mixing and parallel processing. When several channels have non-zero gain applied to a send, they are mixed together, sent through whatever processing is assigned to the send, and then returned on a new channel. The processing on the send ‘hears’ a mix […]

Mixing with reverb 3

by Kim Lajoie on August 10, 2009

Does it need short reverb or long reverb? Should the mix be lush or dry? Then start to ask the more difficult questions – Should be ambience be deep or shallow? Should it be natural or unnatural? Short / Long: Obviously, you’ll need to adjust the reverb time. That’s not all though – other parameters […]

Mixing with reverb 2

by Kim Lajoie on August 6, 2009

Does it need short reverb or long reverb? Should the mix be lush or dry? Then start to ask the more difficult questions – Should be ambience be deep or shallow? Should it be natural or unnatural? The answers to these questions should be based on the song. Short / Long: This decision should primarily […]

Mixing with reverb 1

by Kim Lajoie on August 6, 2009

That’s not to say you shouldn’t spend time learning your tools. Quite the contrary – effective use of any tool require spending a lot of time with it, exploring how it works, learning how it can work for you. It’s important to understand what the strengths and weaknesses of your tools are, and when to […]

The right vocal level

by Kim Lajoie on June 3, 2009

It’s not always easy to find the right level for a vocal. It’s common to feel the need to mix the vocal low (especially if it’s your own vocal!), burying it among the other instruments. It’s also common to mix the instrumental backing first, and the find that either the vocal rides unnaturally over the […]

Different types of reverbs

by Kim Lajoie on May 26, 2009

Just quick run-down of some common types of reverb: Hall This is the most common type of reverb. As the name suggests, hall reverbs are usually designed to simulate the kind of reverberation effect produced by large halls. A hall reverb is usually a good choice for adding a three-dimensional ambience to your mix. Good […]

Vocal processing

by Kim Lajoie on May 1, 2009

My usual vocal processing chain consists of several stages: Gate, EQ, Compression, De-Essing, and reverb (as a send). Gate This is first in the chain so the gate has the full dynamic range of the original audio. The more natural the dynamic range available to the gate, but easier it is to set the threshold […]