Join Brian Lee White for an in-depth discussion in this video Creative EQ with the telephone effect, part of Get In the Mix with Pro Tools.
…I'm sure you've heard a mix where the lead…vocal or another instrument sounds a bit lo-fi, or…purposely low bandwidth, but creates a unique mood and…enhances the contrast of that element in the mix.…EQ curves are not always about correcting…an instrument's tonal balance, but sometimes are simply…used for a creative effect, or placing an element in a unique space within the mix.…To me, there's nothing that represents this…usage more than the classic telephone effect.…
Let's take a look at applying this effect to a vocal track.…First, let's listen to an example of a telephone style filter in action.…Listen again as I automate the effect in and out of the mix.…Aptly named, the telephone effect makes it sound like…the signal is coming across on a telephone connection.…Hopefully you notice that the effect sits the…vocal in a very unique place in the mix.…Not necessarily in the foreground of the mix, but definitely not in the background.…
The filter effect gives the vocal a cool lo-fi quality…that grabs the ear, yet takes up very little frequency space.…
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