Join Brian Lee White for an in-depth discussion in this video Spreaders and thickeners, part of Get In the Mix with Pro Tools.
…The doubling and chorus effects we just discussed, are only a starting point.…Introducing multiple modulating delays with additional…pitch shift, panning them out across the…stereo field, we develop a class of effects we call spreaders and thickeners.…These effects take an isolated track and let…us increase their apparent size in the mix.…It's an essential way to help one track hold its own with others in a crowded mix.…For example,…you might add the spreader to a vocal track to help prevent the lead…singer from being overshadowed by all the guitars and synths in a full pop mix.…
This is an advanced mix move.…It's a complicated combination of processes.…So plan to spend some time fine-tuning the various parameters…on each of the many delays that make up this effect.…Once you've got it under control, you'll find this effect…is an essential part of building an exciting mix that helps…you sound like the pros.…The transition from verse to chorus is a frequent one in music.…And while the song writing and performing are the…
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