Join Brian Lee White for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating slap-back echo with long delay, part of Get In the Mix with Pro Tools.
…A popular sound in 1950's rock, slap back…echo is sometimes part of a contemporary mix.…If you've heard of Elvis sing, you've heard slap.…Guitarist playing the Blues sometimes reach for it too,…it adds liveness and excitement wherever we use it.…So let's go to the live room where David is 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 drum hit.…
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 associated 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 instrument 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…
This course covers 26 techniques for improving your mixes with compressors, processors, EQ and filters, reverb, delay, and modulation. The first chapter covers compression and dynamics processing, including how to even out vocal performances and how to add punch to drum tracks. The second chapter goes into EQ and filtering techniques, such as creating complimentary EQ curves and EQ-ing FX returns. Next, the authors explore delay and modulation techniques, including using long delay on key lyrics and creating flanger and phaser effects. The last chapter explores reverb techniques including using gated reverb and supporting a track with regenerative reverb. .
Download the free exercise files and open them in Pro Tools to start training, or simply watch the videos here at lynda.com.
- Using compression to even out vocals and add punch to drums
- Maximizing mix loudness
- De-essing a vocal track
- Using EQ to fix problems and place elements
- Automating EQ
- Using long delay
- Creating slapback echo
- Creating a flange effect