Thursday, 16 February 2012


Hello again! Did anyone get any nice nerdy musical gifts for Valentines day? And yes it is possible!           

So far we’ve built up our mix levels, edited out noise on the drums and checked phasing and low end noise with the high pass filters.


Next we have a look at setting up a reverb. What’s reverb? Well it’s a room. It gives another dimension, depth, to a mix. Initially I’m talking short reverbs. Most novices slap George Michael style sweeping reverbs on everything. That leads to swampy muddy mixes. So let’s avoid those big verbs for just a moment.

I almost always create a “master reverb”. That represents the false room that the band are playing in. If you add a portion of each sound into that reverb then you get that depth.

Typical reverb setup. Note "busses" to send signal to reverb.
How you do that is you create a new stereo Auxiliary track on your system. Then put a reverb on that auxiliary track and set the reverb time to around 0.5-0.75 seconds. Once that is done, set the input of that track to allow you to send signal to it internally. For example in Pro Tools you will get an option of “interface” or “buss”. Choose “bus”.

Once your reverb track is setup what you have to do next is create an “auxiliary send” on each and every track you have recorded. Make sure that auxiliary send is set to the same as the input on the auxiliary reverb track. If you then turn up that aux send you’ll hear reverb.

By creating one master reverb you not only add a consistency to the room sound in the mix, you also take the load off of the computers CPU as reverbs in particular kill your computer when you have too many!

Raise the sends one by one. You’ll find that by increasing the reverb and decreasing the volume of the track that track seems to fall into the background somewhat. Experiment with this to give all the instruments their place. Be careful not to put too much on your vocal or main melody instrument though as they could get lost in the mire.

That’s it for today. I’ve been answering questions on the email address below. Please pop me an email if you want a question answered. I don’t consider any question “stupid” unless you already know the answer!

Also if you want to do the STC Intro to recording course then call Maggie on 01 6709033.

Thanks for reading,

Andy Knightley

No comments:

Post a Comment