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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.
Here's a reverb method designed to get you up and running quickly with the parameters in a general position to where they almost always sound at least acceptable and sometimes even surprisingly good. This method works well when you're tracking and need some quick reverb or for doing rough mixes when you don't have time for more a complete setup. It uses two different reverbs and is what I call the 2 reverb quick setup. So the first reverb is intended just for drums. We're going to go to a D-Verb because I like the sound of that and what we're going to do is set this to Room.
I'll go to Room 1 first, and we're going to set this to about 1.5 milliseconds and we'll set it to the Large or Medium or Small when we have a listen. Now what we're going to do is set the Pre-Delay to 20 milliseconds and 20 milliseconds is good because it works on just about everything. If you have a low-pass filter available, low-pass and high cutter are the same thing, we'll set it to 10,000. There we go. And if you have a high-pass filter available you want to set that to 100. We don't have one here, but we'll just leave it the way it is for now.
Now let's get some drums here soloed up and have a listen. So let's just solo all the drum tracks. Quick listen to what it sounds like. (Music playing) I already have a Send in. lLet's see what it sounds like. (Music playing) And usually we want to put a reverb also on the toms. We don't need it on any of the other drums. Sometimes on the hat, occasionally, if the hat is in the front of the mix, but most of the time we want it on the tom.
So the easy way to do that is we'll click and hold the Option key, we'll click on the mouse and hold on Bus, and we'll move it over to Floor Tom, let go and there is a copy. We'll do that again on the Tom 2. Once again on Tom 1. So that's exact copy of the Send coming over on all of Toms. Let's listen. (Music playing) Let's listen in the track. (Music playing) So that sounds pretty good just the way it is right there.
Let's close that up and what we'll do is add reverb number 2. And once again, we'll go to our find the D-Verb. This one we're going to set to Plate and we're going to set the Decay time to 1.8 seconds. You can just highlight the Decay window, type in 1.8. We'll set the Pre-Delay to 20. Once again, we click on the window, type in 20, and there it is. We have a low-pass filter or a high cut filter, as we have here, we're going to set it about 10K or even 8K.
In this case we're going to set it to 8K or 8000. If a high-pass filter was available, we'd set that to about a 100, but since it's not available here we'll just go without it. First thing we'll do is we'll listen on vocals. So first thing we want is we want this on Bus 13-14. If we take notice, this is 13 or 14 here, and that's our long reverb, the one that we just set to a Plate tone. Now let's have a listen. (Music playing) That's pretty good huh? Let's listen in the track.
(Music playing) Let's try that in some other instruments as well. Let's listen on the guitars. So let's go to electric guitar 1, solo that up, have a listen. (Music playing) Now since these are bussed to a subgroup, all we have to do is add one Send to the subgroup, instead of having a Send on each of the guitar tracks.
So we want to go to Bus 13. Let's have a listen. (Music playing) Let's listen in the track. (Music playing) You can hear it's getting bigger sounding.
We'll do the same thing on the B3. Once again, it's the high and low B3 tracks that are bussed to the organ subgroup, and let's just type this inhere, Bus 13. So let's have a quick listen. (Music playing) Let's listen in the track. (Music playing) So there you have it. The 2 reverb quick setup will get you up and running quickly and sound surprisingly good.
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