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In this course, author Bobby Owsinski reveals industry tips, tricks, and techniques for producing professionally mixed audio on any digital audio workstation. He offers recommendations for setting up an optimal listening environment, highlights the most efficient ways to set up and balance a mix, and shows how to build a powerful sound with compression. The course also explains how to master the intricacies of EQ; incorporate reverb, delay, and modulation effects; and generate the final mix.
One of the biggest secrets of making your reverb fit into a mix is by using either an internal or an external equalizer to shape the sound. In this video, I will show you just how to do that. First thing we are going to do is take a listen to the way this reverb sounds both when the snare is soloed and also in the track. Let's listen in the track first. (Music playing) Reverb sounds okay, but let's see what happens when we equalize it. What we are going to do is add our standard 4-Band EQ but we're going to add it before the reverb plug-in.
The reasons for that is it always sounds better if you equalize going into the reverb rather than coming out. So the first thing we will do is disable our various equalizer bands because all we want are the high and low-pass filter. So let's dial in the Abbey Road settings here. So what we will do is we'll set the high -pass filter to about 600. Actually we can just type it in, 600. We will put this at 12 dB. Let's have a listen to what it sounds like just that part of it.
(Music playing) Now let's dial in the low-pass filter and Abbey Road just uses 10K and that so we will use too. And we will set this at 12 dB per octave put it in. Have a listen. (Music playing) Let's listen in the track.
(Music playing) Now it sounds like we are taking away too much of the reverb sound itself. What we are trying to get rid of is the frequency bands that get in the way of other instruments in the mix. Just to prove that this actually helps the sound, let me show you what it sounds like in the track when we turn the reverb on and off, and you can see that it actually improves it quite a bit, even they have it equalized like this.
(Music playing) So you can hear that it fits into the mix a lot better when it's equalized and this is a really big secret to making the reverb work in the track.
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