Early Van Halen records featured a very distinctive guitar sound that still works great, especially with power trios where there’s only a single guitar that’s not doubled or sweetened. Here’s how you can put the effect to use on your DAW using only your native plugins.
- [Voiceover] Early Van Halen records featured a…very distinctive sound that unfortunately…isn't used as much on their later albums.…This trick works great for power trios,…when there's only a single guitar…that's not doubled or sweetened.…So first, let's listen to this…just by itself, guitar, bass and drums.…(rock music plays)…- Eddie Van Halen had a very, very distinct…guitar sound in those first three, four albums.…
And it was accomplished mostly by…using a very long delayed reverb.…So what we're going to do is recreate that.…So the first thing we'll do is…let's insert an old friend,…once again our deverb.…I keep on using that because it's a native reverb…in Pro Tools and it sounds really good.…And we'll just set this to a plate.…And usually what we want is somewhere around…two seconds here.…First of all, we're going to put…a pre-delay at a 114 milliseconds.…
114 milliseconds happens to timeout to be…a 16th note delay for this particular song.…The song is at 129 bpm.…And once again, if you do the math,…that turns into 114 milliseconds for a 16th note.…
See how the pros handle the critical balance between the bass and drums. Learn where, when, why, and how EQ should be used on virtually any instrument. Become proficient in tailoring just the right effect for each particular mixing situation. And master the key to fat and punchy sounding mixes: compression. Tune in every Thursday for a new tip!
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