In this tutorial Brian Malouf talks about how reverb and other ambient effects change the way small hand percussion instruments influence the listener's perception of the immediacy of a song. He shows you some of the reverb devices he commonly uses to treat percussion and why he’s careful in their application. He also offers tips on how one should approach recording percussion instruments.
- [Voiceover] For those of you who haven't…recorded much percussion yet,…these are an instrument that show…almost no measurement at all on a VU meter.…So don't make them too hot…and they should look small like this in the waveforms.…Their energy is primarily in the high end transient response…and mostly percussion is a factor…that drives the rhythm section along with the drums.…I always like to play them off the drums for instance,…a tambourine part that comes in,…in the chorus, it should play nicely off the hi-hat…that's been there all along and so on and so forth.…
I'm gonna stick with this Bossa Nova song,…and I'd like to thank Shana Halligan…for this beautiful piece of music…and letting us share it with you here in this course.…I'm choosing this song cause it has so much percussion…and the percussion is so important.…Let's give it a listen.…♫ I love you…♫ Eu te Amo♫…(percussion beating)…There's obviously some programmed percussion in there…that that sound effect is,…it's a percussion instrument,…but it's effected quite radically.…
Brian starts with the basics of creating a mix template and getting a good raw balance of the instruments in the mix. He then dives deep into signal processing techniques on many types of instruments, including drums, bass, guitar, keys, vocals, percussion, strings, and brass. He'll pick out and treat individual tracks with compression and EQ, add space with reverb and echo, and modulate the sound with flangers and phase shifters. Pro Tools is used throughout the course, but the techniques will work equally well with the DAW of your choice.
- Customizing a mix template
- Understanding the interplay of volume, panning, EQ, and dynamics
- Processing drums
- Processing lead and background vocals
- Gain processing
- Treating the bass guitar and synth guitar
- Placing piano in the mix
- Treating strings and brass