Join Brian Lee White for an in-depth discussion in this video Gating reverb to emphasize any track in your production, part of Get In the Mix with Pro Tools.
…Gated reverb might be one of the least intuitive uses of reverb.…Whether it was deliberately invented or…sort of accidentally discovered, we'll never know.…But whatever its origins, gated reverb is…an essential part of music production today.…So let's make sure we know how to do it on the all important snare drum.…The signal flow isn't trivial.…We run the output of the reverb through a…compressor, and then a gate, to abruptly truncate that compressed…reverb so it doesn't last so long. It takes the mess out of our mix.…
The output of the reverb after compression is itself a long, slowly decaying, signal.…And it would be difficult for the gate to know when to open and close.…So we use the key input to open the gate.…The close mic on the snare drum feeds this key input by way…of a bus, instructing the gate when to open and when to close.…But the signal running through the gate, the signal…that is in fact being gated, is not the snare drum.…It's the reverb signal.…So compressed reverb passes through the gate, but the gate…
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