See how the pros handle the critical balance between the bass and drums. Learn where, when, why, and how EQ should be used on virtually any instrument. Become proficient in tailoring just the right effect for each particular mixing situation. And master the key to fat and punchy sounding mixes: compression. Tune in every Thursday for a new tip!
- The Abbey Road Studios reverb trick
- Secrets to a powerful and punchy mix
- Using compression like NYC pros
- Listening tips and tricks used by the world's best mixers
- How Van Halen gets their guitar sound
- Making vocals shine
- Adding excitement to boring pad tracks
- Setting up your mix to get the best results in the least amount of time
Skill Level Intermediate
- [Instructor] Timing the delay to a track using a plain old quarter- or eighth-note can be just boring in a mix. Here's how to use dotted or triplet delays to make the effects a whole lot better. First thing we'll do is we'll listen to just the vocal, and we're going to listen to an eighth-note delay. ("Bridge That You Don't Burn" by Patricia Bahia) Now, let's listen in the track and see what it's like, and I'm going to put the right amount of delay in so it kind of blends in with the track. ("Bridge That You Don't Burn" by Patricia Bahia) Now what happens with a quarter-, an eighth-, a sixteenth-note that's straight is that it will blend into the track and sometimes that's what we want.
For instance, if I go to a sixteenth-note, listen: ("Bridge That You Don't Burn" by Patricia Bahia) That's okay, but it's kind of boring. And one way to get around the boring delay, that kind of blends into the track, is to use either a dotted or triplet note feel. So, in Pro Tools it's kind of easy, and it's easy on most delay plug-ins, all we'll do is we'll say "triplet," now listen: ("Bridge That You Don't Burn" by Patricia Bahia) Alrighty, that felt a lot better.
It blended into the track, and you really didn't hear that triplet. It just sounded really natural. This is my favorite, I like to use this a lot. But you can also use a dotted feel. Have a listen: ("Bridge That You Don't Burn" by Patricia Bahia) That's a little longer, but it does sound pretty good. So you can tell right away that if you use the straight quarter-, eighth-, sixteenth-note, what you'll find is, it will blend into the track, and if you use a dotted or triplet note, you'll find that it will blend into the track but it will feel a little bit better.
You'll hear that delay just a little bit, but it will feel better 'cause it will sit better in between the phrases a lot of times. But we can improve this even more. The way to do this is to use a stereo delay. So what I have here is a stereo delay. On one side I have the sixteenth-note, on the other side I have an eighth-note. And let's listen to what that sounds like. ("Bridge That You Don't Burn" by Patricia Bahia) This widens everything out and it sounds pretty good, but we can hear those delays.
And a better way to do this is to have at least one of these be a triplet. So take notice, what we have here are two delays that are different times. One is 202 milliseconds. And this is a 74 bpm track. So we're timing it to the track. One is a sixteenth-note on one side, and the other is an eighth-note triplet on the other side. So they're relatively close. Have a listen to what this sounds like: ("Bridge That You Don't Burn" by Patricia Bahia) And you can tell what happened there: It got quieter.
It felt a whole lot better. When we muted the delays, all the sudden it got small. This is the lead vocal sounding small. Half-note, quarter-, and eighth-note delays blend easily into a track, while dotted and triplet note values don't, yet they still sound musical. With a stereo delay, set one side to a dotted or triplet value and the other to a full note value, or set one side to a dotted value and the other to a triplet. The only thing to be careful of is that the time spread between the delays isn't too wide.
Q: Why can't I earn a Certificate of Completion for this course?
A: We publish a new tutorial or tutorials for this course on a regular basis. We are unable to offer a Certificate of Completion because it is an ever-evolving course that is not designed to be completed. Check back often for new movies.