Join Alex U. Case for an in-depth discussion in this video Get in the Mix: Creating slap-back echo with long delays, part of Audio Foundations: Delay and Modulation.
…A popular sound in 1950's rock, slapback…echo is sometimes part of a contemporary mix.…If you've heard Elvis sing, you've heard slap.…Guitars playing the blues sometimes reach for it too.…It adds liveness and excitement wherever we use it.…So lets go to the live room where David's playing the drums.…In the control room, we'll add slap echo.…Alright David, we're rolling.…Let's add some slap to that.…This single audible echo between about 80 and 200…milliseconds adds a distinctive bounce and pulse to every drumhead.…
On a vocal, slap echo can add a retro feel to the sound.…Elvis and his contemporaries reached for this effect…so often that it has become a cliche.…It's evocative of the time.…Listeners today associate slapback with those happy days of the 1950s.…You can almost hear the fins on the car.…On a solo…instrument, like guitar, or a rhythm interment like drums, slap echo makes a…performance sound more live, putting the listener in the noisy bar with the band.…It reminds us of the music club with that short…
- Adjusting the delay time, level, and feedback parameters
- Utilizing a low-pass filter and polarity reverse
- Setting up an effects loop
- Setting the delay time by tempo or by ear
- Understanding the distinct uses of short, medium, and long delays
- Adjusting modulation rate, depth, and shape
- Adding double tracking and spreader effects
- Manipulating tone with constructive or destructive interference
- Creating a comb filter and flange effect
Skill Level Appropriate for all
Q: This course was updated on 01/31/2014. What changed?
A: The Get in the Mix videos have been updated to the most recent version of Pro Tools. Also, the course now includes free Get in the Mix sessions for two more DAWs: Logic Pro X and Pro Tool.