Join Brian Lee White for an in-depth discussion in this video EQing FX returns, part of Get In the Mix with Pro Tools.
…Have you ever heard a mix with what seems like an…impossible amount of reverb or delay, but still remains clear and focused?…It's all about clever use of EQ.…Many people think that EQ's are only useful for…directly EQing a signal chain, but they can be just…as powerful when used on the tail end of…a reverb, delay, or any effects return for that matter.…A send and return relationship…is a common routing technique, in which your signal…is routed out via a mixer sent over a bus…and brought back into the mix via a return…track, usually with a sheer effect applied to the return.…
Since the effect lives on the return, many tracks can…send to this bus take advantage of the same shared effect.…The more output sent to the send, the wetter the balance becomes between the…effected and the dry signal.…This is ideal with effects like reverb and delay because it takes up less…processing power on the system, and allows…multiple tracks to share the same common space.…While reverbs, delays, and other time-based effects often have…
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