Join J. Scott Giaquinta for an in-depth discussion in this video EQ effect: Dark Secret, part one, part of EDM Production Techniques: Extreme Sound Mangling.
- In this video, we'll explore how to use EQ as a powerful sculpting tool. First let me, show you this dubstep bassline sample. (upbeat music) As you can see it's pretty generic, it does the typical thing that most dubstep bassline's do but it's not very organic. We're going to load an EQ on top of that and automate some parameters just to give it a little shine.
The first thing we're going to do is take band form, make it a high shell and actually it's already a high shell so we don't have to change that. I'm also going to put a limiter after this because it will probably clip when I boost this high as I'm going to, so let's go ahead and put the limiter on. Let's watch what happens when I play this and I move [pin] for around. (upbeat music) All right, sounds cool right? It's a little sloppy but let's record some automation moves in.
(upbeat music) All right, so that's a little bit better what we're going to do now is go in and we're going to find the good ones, we'll cut and paste them and we'll just refine this automation movements just a little bit, so let's hear what I did.
(upbeat music) Let's just use that first one, open up an automation line there, let's just use that one let me cut and paste that. Let's go in here, I'm just going to loop this really quickly. I'm just going to change this one measure. (upbeat music) (upbeat music) Let's bring those back down as a group.
(upbeat music) Now, also noticing to point out is that I'm automating the gain parameter too which you don't see at the moment.
I just want to show you, I'm going to open up that right now. Honestly when the gain is up it's boosting the frequency of that the band is set to. Let's turn this down here. (upbeat music) So you can see what I'm doing, basically you get in there, you fine a little bit, you kind of figure out where it sounds good.
You just have to sort of mouse it in. You can do that with all kinds of other bands. I've done that in my example file below, I'm not going to redo that. I'm just going to play you the example track and I'm going to show you how I refined it my original idea, before I created this course, so I'm going to mute this track and I'm going to show you what I did and you can see here there's a set of automation parameters that are already refined. It took me like two hours to get in there and adjust it to where it sounded good. I've just breezed through it in a couple of minutes but this is what I did when I refine it for a little while. So this is what it sounds like. (upbeat music) Sweet, so there you go.
This is how you can use EQ to tweak stuff out, I'll be coming back to this example in a few other videos in this course, to show you how to further tweak it out using other effects.
Note: This course was recorded in Ableton Live, but the tutorials can be used with any digital audio workstation.
- Working with vocoders
- Shifting pitch and frequency
- Creating drama with EQ and filters
- Time stretching
- Enhancing harmonic content with distortion
- Adding movement with flange effects
- Applying reverb and delay
- Creating rhythmic effects with glitches and stutters