A quick walkthrough using Serum to design a pulsating, contemporary analog sounding synthesizer preset.
As with most of my blog posts, this is an excerpt from a Facebook Group discussion. I responded to a “how much is too much distortion” question like this: Creative distortion is essential in modern music, and the key I think is twofold, as long as the volume is reasonable: (a) the more distorted, the shorter we want Read more about When Is Distortion Too Much?[…]
Someone posed a question on a Facebook group about getting out of a rut, regarding harmonic progressions. I wrote this in response … sharing it here just in case someone finds it helpful. Traditionally I think a composer really showed their chops in the development section(s) … what can you do to *develop* a particular Read more about Creativity Is Easy – How to Avoid Writer’s Block[…]
Use a side chain to gate an effect like a step sequencer! Distortion effects like iZotope Trash 2 have a side chain and a gate. You can set up a separate track with a rhythm to gate the distortion as if it were a step sequencer. Here’s one for your idea bin: use a side Read more about Plugin Tip: Step Sequence Gate Effects[…]
Please enjoy a few of our recent placements on MTV’s “The Challenge.”
Someone asked on a Facebook Group about techniques to achieve mix clarity. There were a lot of great responses. Here’s mine: I’ll chime in with a couple “tips” … the flip side of this question is “what makes a mix muddy or reduces clarity?” I’ve found that long tails / releases / reverb / sustains Read more about Achieving Clarity Using Dynamic Contrast[…]
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