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Equalizing the delay

From: Audio Mixing Bootcamp

Video: Equalizing the delay

One of the biggest secrets of making your delays fit into a mix is by using either the internal or an external equalizer to shape the sound. In this video I'll show you how to do just that. So the first thing we'll do, we will listen to the track and concentrate on the vocal. (Music playing) Okay, now let's add a little bit of delay. What we're going to do is solo it and I'll add the delay. This is going to be an eight note delay of 288 milliseconds.

Equalizing the delay

One of the biggest secrets of making your delays fit into a mix is by using either the internal or an external equalizer to shape the sound. In this video I'll show you how to do just that. So the first thing we'll do, we will listen to the track and concentrate on the vocal. (Music playing) Okay, now let's add a little bit of delay. What we're going to do is solo it and I'll add the delay. This is going to be an eight note delay of 288 milliseconds.

(Music playing) Now that might not be exactly right. Let's try a couple of other combinations and see if we can find something that works better. Let's try a dotted variation and let's actually go to a dotted 16th note.

(Music playing) That sounds pretty good. Let's see what the triplet sounds like. (Music playing) Now let's go to an eighth note triplet.

Let's hear what it sounds like. (Music playing) That's sounds pretty interesting. Let's leave it there. But what we're going to do is we're going to shape the sound of the delay a little bit. So what we're going to do is come over here and add our 4-Band EQ and let's have a listen to what this sounds like. Let's bring this over here.

Let's bring our EQ over here and now we're going to solo it up and what I'm going to do is shape it. Now just like we did with reverb sometimes if we add a dip in the presence frequencies of the vocal, we can actually have the Delay blend into the mix a lot better. So let's do that by-- let's go to about 3K or so and let's dial in a 5 or 60 Db dip and let's have a listen. (Music playing) Let's listen in the track.

(Music playing) Now let's mute it and then I'll unmute it as the track goes on. (Music playing) You can see by adding that dip in the presence region that suddenly it fits better into the track. You don't notice it as much and that's what we're trying to do.

The other thing we can do is add a high-pass filter and get rid of the low frequencies which also makes it fit better in the track. So what we'll have to do is disable the frequency bands that we're not using on the equalizer and that will enable us to use the high-pass filter. Well, let's put it about 100. Let's put it at 200 and that should work. Dial it in and let's have a quick listen. Let's solo it first. (Music playing) You can hear the difference that the EQ makes.

It makes it sit a little bit better in the mix because the delays aren't as prominent. And that's what we want sometimes. Have another listening to the track. (Music playing) So to sum it up shaping the sound of the delay with the either the onboard or an external equalizer is a great way to get it to fit into the mix better. High-pass filter it from 100 to 600 Hz to keep it from getting muddy or keep it out of the way of a busy track. Filter from 10K down to 2K to make it blend into the track better.

Insert an EQ dip from 2k to 5K to keep it out of the way of a vocal.

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Audio Mixing Bootcamp

103 video lessons · 19405 viewers

Bobby Owsinski
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  1. 1m 16s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
  2. 8m 20s
    1. Determining the listening position
      2m 27s
    2. Fixing acoustic problems
      2m 5s
    3. Setting up your monitors
      3m 48s
  3. 20m 17s
    1. Setting up your session
      5m 52s
    2. Setting up your subgroups
      7m 50s
    3. Setting up your effects
      6m 35s
  4. 8m 45s
    1. Developing the groove
      3m 46s
    2. Emphasizing the most important elements
      3m 44s
    3. Knowing what to avoid
      1m 15s
  5. 1h 4m
    1. Learning the principles of building a mix
      1m 1s
    2. Assigning the drums to a subgroup
      3m 55s
    3. Building the mix from the kick
      10m 8s
    4. Building the mix from the snare
      8m 46s
    5. Building the mix from the toms
      5m 25s
    6. Building the mix from the overhead mics
      3m 53s
    7. Checking the drum phase
      4m 44s
    8. Balancing direct and miked bass channels
      3m 36s
    9. Building the mix from the bass
      3m 26s
    10. Building the mix from the vocals
      4m 19s
    11. Balancing the rhythm section
      2m 44s
    12. Balancing the rest of the instruments with the rhythm section
      5m 22s
    13. Making a mix without building it
      4m 20s
    14. Balancing the harmony vocals
      2m 35s
  6. 23m 2s
    1. Looking at the three main panning areas
      9m 23s
    2. Panning the drums
      6m 9s
    3. Avoiding pseudo-stereo
      7m 30s
  7. 1h 17m
    1. Understanding compressor parameters
      3m 42s
    2. Setting up the compressor
      14m 44s
    3. Compressing the drums
      7m 53s
    4. Compressing the room mics
      4m 9s
    5. Compressing the bass
      5m 24s
    6. Using the New York compression trick
      4m 23s
    7. Compressing the clean electric guitars
      4m 40s
    8. Compressing the distorted electric guitars
      4m 48s
    9. Compressing the acoustic guitars
      8m 7s
    10. Compressing the piano
      6m 35s
    11. Compressing the electric keyboards
      4m 32s
    12. Compressing the vocals
      4m 34s
    13. Compressing the horns
      3m 55s
  8. 25m 36s
    1. Learning noise gate basics
      9m 23s
    2. Using the noise gate on guitars
      3m 57s
    3. Using the noise gate on drums
      7m 38s
    4. Learning de-esser basics
      2m 15s
    5. Using the de-esser on vocals
      2m 23s
  9. 36m 4s
    1. Understanding equalizer parameters
      10m 16s
    2. Learning subtractive equalization
      8m 57s
    3. Learning frequency juggling
      8m 28s
    4. Using the magic high-pass filter
      7m 39s
    5. Learning the principles of equalization
      44s
  10. 49m 46s
    1. Equalizing the kick
      6m 7s
    2. Equalizing the snare
      2m 57s
    3. Equalizing the rack toms
      5m 4s
    4. Equalizing the floor tom
      4m 32s
    5. Equalizing the hi-hat
      4m 56s
    6. Equalizing the cymbal or the overhead mics
      6m 49s
    7. Equalizing the room mics
      5m 13s
    8. Equalizing the bass
      3m 59s
    9. Editing the bass rhythm
      4m 21s
    10. Equalizing the rhythm section
      5m 48s
  11. 47m 58s
    1. Equalizing the electric guitar
      8m 15s
    2. Equalizing the acoustic guitar
      4m 55s
    3. Equalizing the hand percussion
      3m 28s
    4. Equalizing the lead vocals
      6m 5s
    5. Equalizing the background vocals
      4m 14s
    6. Equalizing the piano
      4m 46s
    7. Equalizing the organ
      6m 49s
    8. Equalizing the strings
      6m 4s
    9. Equalizing the horns
      3m 22s
  12. 30m 47s
    1. Learning the principles of reverb
      1m 59s
    2. Understanding reverb parameters
      6m 49s
    3. Timing the reverb to the track
      6m 6s
    4. Equalizing the reverb
      2m 51s
    5. Using the two-reverb quick setup
      5m 35s
    6. Using the three-reverb setup
      7m 27s
  13. 59m 8s
    1. Adding reverb to the drums
      7m 56s
    2. Adding reverb to the vocals
      11m 59s
    3. Adding reverb to the guitars
      5m 17s
    4. Adding reverb to the piano
      4m 19s
    5. Adding reverb to the organ
      3m 43s
    6. Adding reverb to the strings
      5m 36s
    7. Adding reverb to the horns
      2m 57s
    8. Adding reverb to the percussion
      4m 46s
    9. Using reverb to layer the mix
      12m 35s
  14. 46m 8s
    1. Learning delay principles
      1m 40s
    2. Understanding delay parameters
      6m 54s
    3. Timing the delay to the track
      1m 28s
    4. Using delay timing variations
      2m 51s
    5. Equalizing the delay
      4m 23s
    6. Understanding the Haas effect
      2m 51s
    7. Using the three-delay setup
      7m 23s
    8. Adding delay to the vocals
      8m 43s
    9. Using delay to layer the mix
      9m 55s
  15. 21m 35s
    1. Understanding the types of modulation
      2m 43s
    2. Understanding modulation parameters
      4m 13s
    3. Modulating the guitars
      4m 7s
    4. Modulating the keyboards
      3m 17s
    5. Modulating the vocals
      4m 17s
    6. Modulating the strings
      2m 58s
  16. 12m 22s
    1. Mixing with subgroups
      5m 5s
    2. Using mix buss compression
      4m 21s
    3. Understanding the evils of hypercompression
      2m 56s
  17. 39s
    1. Goodbye
      39s

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