Just because a pad track can’t be heard in the mix, it doesn’t mean it has to be boring. After all, excitement is cumulative. The more tracks that are interesting, the more interesting the mix. This technique shows just how effective adding a little bit of motion can be.
- [Voiceover] Just because Panzer uses…an almost unheard glue doesn't mean…they have to be boring.…Here's a way of adding a little bit of motion…that's both subtle and effective.…First of all let's listen to the song.…We're going to listen to this particular…pad right here.…(synthesizer music)…Now this is a mono pad.…It doesn't matter if it's stereo…'cause the same thing will happen.…Usually what we'll do here is add…a big washey reverb and that'll work.…
That'll widen it out, will make it…a little more interesting.…But we can do something to make…it more dynamically interesting.…So what we'll do is add a ping-pong delay.…I can do this as a outboard effect.…I can put this on its own group…or its own channel.…But in this case we're just going…to insert it right within the channel here.…So what I want is a really long delay.…So I'm going to Extra to Long Stereo Delay.…And a ping-pong delay basically means…that one side is twice as long as the other.…
So it will bounce from left to right…because you have whatever's on let's say…
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