Applying processing to the effects returns
- [Voiceover] I want to talk one last time about effecting effects. It's one of my favorite tools in the mixing platforms. I've always sort of set it up this way to where I could send one effect into a variety of different other places. For these demonstrations I've chosen Allen Stone's Freedom. Let's get a little picture of the music. ♫ I'm looking for freedom ♫ I've gotta get free ♫ You give me that ♫ - [Voiceover] This is the reverb you hear on his voice, and this is the delay.
I'm going to solo it so you can hear it a little easier. ♫ Amazing vibrations ♫ - [Voiceover] Okay, so right away, what if I wanted to make that reverb tail denser, not louder, but denser? Well, I could add effecting the effect. I could add a compressor to the reverb, listen. ♫ I'm looking for freedom ♫ - [Voiceover] In, out. ♫ I've gotta get free ♫ - [Voiceover] With the track. ♫ You give that feeling ♫ It's rising through me ♫ Amazing vibrations ♫ - [Voiceover] It's not wetter, it's just denser.
That's a really great tool to use. Some reverb devices have a compressor built in to them but most don't which is why I like to cover my bases and make sure that I'm all set up to do that easily. Carrying that thought a little further, what if I wanted to send the delay version of the voice to a flanger? Here's the return of the delay, the H-delay. Here are other delays I could've put on it. Here are my sends to different devices, all the reverbs and a couple of the modulation devices.
I think if I turn this on, I should be going to modulation effects 1, which has a micro pitch shifter and a flanger associated with it. Here's the micro pitch shift. Here's the flanger. Now I'm feeding one effect into two other effects. Let's see what that sounds like. ♫ I'm looking for freedom ♫ - [Voiceover] With. ♫ I've gotta get free ♫ - [Voiceover] Without.
♫ You give me that feeling ♫ - [Voiceover] Widens it out a bit. ♫ It's rising through me ♫ - [Voiceover] Solo again. ♫ Amazing vibrations ♫ - [Voiceover] Let me give you a kind of overdone version of it. Here's the delay. Here's the flanger. ♫ I'm asking to show it to me ♫ Oh, oh, cause I've been searching around ♫ And turning every stone ♫ - [Voiceover] Now in turn, what if I wanted to send that flange signal to a reverb? ♫ When I rise, you break me from my chains ♫ With supernatural high gets me out my way - [Voiceover] In turn, what if I wanted to compress that reverb? ♫ I've gotta get free ♫ You give me that feeling - [Voiceover] Then you can turn down the overall effect of that.
You can see how quickly and easily ♫ Drink up, baby ♫ Make love to me ♫ Get free, baby - [Voiceover] That could be a big scene change for that segment of the song, where all of a sudden his voice is flanged and reverbed and compressed all at the same time with a very easy sort of schematic for doing those kind of moves quickly and easily. Effecting the effects, we like it here.
Let's let the music take us out. ♫ Hallelujah pumping right through ya ♫ Holy rolling make me feel golden ♫ Hallelujah pumping right through ya ♫ Holy rolling make me ♫ I'm looking for free ♫
- Choosing the right reverb
- Adding digital delay
- Tuning your mix
- Phase shifting and flanging
- Increasing drum power and presence
- Driving home the groove with acoustic guitars
- Adding sheer volume to your mix
- Affecting the effects
- Making the chorus "pop"
- Knowing when your mix is done