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Ambience & Reverb: Part 2

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If you’ve checked out the first part of this guide on reverb and ambience, chances are you’ll be so clued up on the ins and outs of reverb that you might want to take a break! If you haven’t read it, head over there to check it out and familiarise yourself with the concepts and theories behind reverb. In this second part of our guide, we are going to explore how you can apply reverb in different contexts in order to create the desired ambience in your music. There are many different types of reverb, from physical reverb units, to...

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Ambience & Reverb: Part 1

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Ambience & Reverb is a crucial part of making music. When you’re creating music to a certain level of quality, you need to be aware of everything going on from the top down. Crafting melodies and beats is one thing, but you also need to be aware of the sonic space that these elements occupy. That is the basis of reverb and ambience, and what we will be covering in this guide. Learning how to incorporate this most vital element of sound into your musical creation process is one of the key aspects that will enhance your skills and make...

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Dynamics & Compression Part 2: Dynamic Processing

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This is Part 2 of an article series on Dynamics & Compression, so make sure you read the first part so you have all the necessary info. You'll need this in order to understand what we're talking about in this article!  In the first part we covered Compression and Dynamics; what a Compressor is, how it works, what the controls are, and some examples of the effects a Compressor can have when set differently each time. We also covered Multiband Compression and discussed a few examples of how that can work. In this second part, we will look at a...

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Dynamics & Compression: An Overview

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There are many plug ins available to us as music producers, but none is so ubiquitous as the Compressor. It's used on pretty much everything (at least it can be!) and you'll find it across the entire genre spectrum of music production. A recording engineer in a huge elaborate hollywood studio will use a compressor, and so will a bedroom producer. It's an essential tool in the music producer's virtual (or hardware) toolbox, but it's also misunderstood and often misused. When used correctly, Compression can add depth and punch to your mix. It can drastically improve the clarity of both...

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Advanced Drum Production Techniques Part 2

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In the first part of this guide I took you through the first steps of creating a drum pattern using my advanced drum production techniques. These are tips and tricks I've learned through experimentation and trial and error, and I'm passing them on to you because they have helped me create better and stronger music with really good drums. If you followed the steps in part 1, you should have a drum pattern that looks a little something like this. Don't worry if you haven't followed mine exactly, as the concepts are applicable either way!   We've got a Kick,...

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