Programmed high hats have a way of making the entire song sound stiff. Here’s a way to put some realism back into that hat track when you mix.
- [Voiceover] Programmed hi-hats have a way of feeling,…well, just too programmed.…Here's a way to put some realism into that hat track.…First of all, let's listen to the track,…concentrate on the hi-hat.…(track playing)…Okay, listen to the hat by itself now.…(track playing)…It sounds like a programmed hat,…and we're going to fix it.…
We're going to make it sound a little more realistic.…So, the first thing we'll do is copy it.…Now that we have this new programmed hat,…what we're going to do is play some automation tricks,…but first, what we really need to do…is take this whole track and move it.…We're going to move everything ahead…a couple of milliseconds, which isn't very much,…but what it's going to do is help…our automation do its thing.…So, we're just going to nudge it.…
You can see we have one millisecond.…And we'll just nudge it one, two.…That's all.…You can see when we zoom in…that we're just ever so slightly ahead.…Next thing we're going to do is add an automation track.…Come down to our automation track.…
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