Dynamic Processors

Dynamic Processors cover a huge range of production workflows that start with compression but then broadens to include all the advanced corrective processes that great producers use!

Anything that alters the dynamic range of audio is regarded as a dynamic processor. However, that doesn’t begin to explain the myriad of processors we have available in our DAWs.

From de-essing to gating, tape saturation to expansion, harmonizer to normalisation and much much more! All of these processes are explained in detail with ‘before’ and ‘after’ audio examples. A thorough grounding in both theory and application make this category useful AND fun!

Tutorials


Working on the Sub Layer of a Kick Drum


Working on the Sub Layer of a Kick Drum screen shows boz digital's sasquatch drum editing plugin

Intermediate

How to process a sub kick to blend in with a ripped beat!
Duration: 7 mins



Topping and Tailing Ripped Beats - Truncating and Normalising


Topping and Tailing Ripped Beats - Truncating and Normalising screen shows sound forge's normalise feature

Beginner

How to top and tail drum sounds extracted from a beat. Topping and Tailing refers to truncating and normalising audio along with fade ins and outs. 
Duration: 6 mins



Automating Plugin Parameters


Automating Plugin Parameters screen shows cubase's automation lanes and their targets

Intermediate

Learn how to automate any and all plugin parameters using your DAW's automation lanes and real-time processing.
Duration: 6 mins



The 4 Modes of Compression and Expansion


Side-chain Expansion - Bass and Kick processing screen shows the fabfilter pro mb multiband compressor plugin

Intermediate

Covering all forms of Downward and Upward Compression and Downward and Upward Expansion.
Duration: 11 mins



Feed-back Compression


Feed-back Compression screen shows tdr nova feed-back compressor plugin

Intermediate

A thorough tutorial explaining both feedback and dynamic compression and how to use it to process female vocals.
Duration: 13 mins



Compressor Types - FET , Opto, VCA and Vari-Mu


Compressor Types - FET , Opto, VCA and Vari-Mu screen shows the slate vari mu compressor plugin

Intermediate

Detailed explanation of the various types of compressors with processed before/after audio examples to display the differences between compressor designs.
Duration: 18 mins



Negative Limiting using Valley People Dyna-mite


Negative Limiting using Valley People Dyna-mite screen shows vallep people's dynamite expander plugin

Advanced

What is negative limiting, how does it work and how to use it. In this tutorials I show you how to use negative limiting to process vocals.
Duration: 5 mins



Pumping and Swelling Drum Beats using Compressors


Pumping and Swelling Drum Beats using Compressors screen shows the klanghelm dc8c compressor plugin

Intermediate

Learn how to use a compressor to pump and swell a drum beat.
Duration: 14 mins



Side-chaining Bass and Kick for EDM


Side-chain Pumping Effect screen shows the sidechain of the fabfilter pro c2 compressor plugin

Intermediate

Creative side-chaining techniques for low end management using compressors.
Duration: 19 mins



Side-chain Expansion - Bass and Kick processing


Side-chain Expansion - Bass and Kick processing screen shows the fabfilter pro mb multiband compressor plugin

Advanced

An advanced tutorial on how to use the side-chain of an expander to manage the kick and bass in a mix. The expander is used to extend the dynamic range as opposed to narrowing it like a compressor.
Duration: 6 mins



Compression - Science and Application


EDM Kick Drum Processing using Valves/Tubes screen shows the ssl bus compressor plugin

Beginner

What is a compressor, how does it work and how do you use it.
Duration: 7 mins



Cubase Balanced Panner versus Combined Panner


Cubase Balanced Panner versus Combined Panner screen shows a diagnram of the various pan modes

Beginner

What are the differences between Balanced and Combined Panners within your DAW and how and when to use them.
Duration: 7 mins



Band Pass Equalisation - cleaning audio channels


Band Pass Equalisation - cleaning audio channels screen shows the tdr nova ge equaliser plugin

Intermediate

How to prepare your audio for mixing by using band pass equalisation for cleaning and making sure to shape the filter slopes to match the audio's response.
Duration: 13 mins



Layering drums using middle and side processing



Advanced

Sound Design tutorial on how to create a background ambient texture from a drum loop using M/S (Middle and Side) and Layering it with drum sounds.
Duration: 6 mins



Using Ghost Triggers for side-chaining


Compressing EDM Kick Drums screen shows the fabfilter pro c2 compressor plugin

Advanced

This tutorial explains how to configure a compressor and its side-chain for triggering using what we refer to as 'ghost triggers'. This is a great technique for managing kicks and basses within a mix.
Duration: 8 mins



Converting Mono Channels to Stereo for Parallel Processing


Converting Mono Channels to Stereo for Parallel Processing screen shows the cuabse project settings menu

Intermediate

How to configure mono and stereo channels for vocal parallel processing within the DAW.
Duration: 4 mins



Valves/Tubes - what are they and how do they work


Valves/Tubes - what are they and how do they work screen shows the nomad valve plugin

Advanced

What are valves/tubes, how do they work, and how and when to use them.
Duration: 10 mins



Tape Saturation - what is it and how do you use it


Tape Saturation - what is it and how do you use it screen shows the tonebooster reelbus tape plugin

Advanced

What is tape saturation, how does it work and when and how to use it.
Duration: 13 mins



Using Phase Cancellation in Sound Design


Using Phase Cancellation in Sound Design screen shows the cubase mixer page where the phase button is

Advanced

An advanced Samplecraze sound design tutorial on how to use flip/inversion, sample nudge and phase cancellation within your DAW to create new sounds.
Duration: 15 mins



Phase - what is total and partial phase cancellation


phase screen showing the behaviour of sinusoidal motion

Beginner

Discover what phase is and what total and partial phase cancellation are and when they occur.
Duration: 11 mins



Normalisation - what it is and how to use it


Normalisation - What it is and how to use it screen showing Soundforge's normalisation process

Beginner

What is normalisation - what are Peak and RMS normalisation.
Duration: 6 mins



Harmonizer Effect - what it is and how to use it


Harmonizer Effect - what it is and how to use it screen shows the eventide harmonizer plugin

Intermediate

What is a harmonizer effect - how does it work and how to use it for adding harmonies to vocals or to create interesting special effects. In this video I use the mighty Eventide Harmonizer 910 to maul a drum beat!
Duration: 7 mins



Harmonic Distortion - Odd and Even Harmonics


Harmonic Distortion - Odd and Even Harmonics screen shows the waves saphira harmonic generator plugin

Advanced

What is harmonic distortion and what are odd and even harmonics. A critical subject that encapsulates all things tube, solid state, amp driven etc.
Duration: 9 mins



Noise Gates - Side-chaining Tricks


Noise Gates - Side-chaining Tricks screen shows the fabfilter pro g noise gate plugin

Intermediate

What is a gate, how it works and how to use the side-chaining facility. In this video I use the side-chain of a gate to process a drum beat.
Duration: 12 mins



Noise Gate - What is it and how does it work


Noise Gate - What is it and how does it work screen shows fabfilter's pro g noise gate

Beginner

What is a noise gate, how does it work and when to use it. Let me show you how to use a gate on vocal recordings.
Duration: 11 mins



Using Expansion - the power of Side-chaining


Noise Gate - What is it and how does it work screen shows fabfilter's pro g noise gate

Advanced

Advanced tutorial on how to use the side-chain of an expander to create new textures for a drum beat. Expansion is a well know dynamic that professionals use for a number of corrective and mixing processes.
Duration: 6 mins



De-esser - what is it and how does it work


de-esser a screen showing fabfilter's pro ds plugin

Beginner

What is a de-esser, how it works and how and when to use it. The perfect dynamic processor for taming sibilance in vocals.
Duration: 12 mins



Using a Step Sequencer to control Filter Cut-Off and Resonance


Using a Step Sequencer to control Filter Cut-Off and Resonance screen shows the fabfilter micro filter plugin

Intermediate

Using a Step Sequencer as a Modulator to process both the Filter Cut-Off and the Resonance of a Filter processor to add spice and motion to a drum beat!
Duration: 7 mins



Using Modulation with a Single Band Filter - Soundtoys FilterFreak


Using Modulation with a Single Band Filter - Soundtoys FilterFreak screen shows soundtoys filterfreak plugin

Intermediate

Create Crazy Effects using a Modulator to process a Single Filter Band on a drum beat!
Duration: 6 mins



Using Modulation with a 2 Band Filter - FabFilter Simplon


Using Modulation with a 2 Band Filter - FabFilter Simplon screen shows the fabfilter simplon plugin

Intermediate

Creating Cross Modulation by using 2 band Filters in Series and in Parallel to process a drum beat. FabFilter Simplon shines in this tutorial.
Duration: 7 mins



Filters and Filtering - what are filters and how do they work


Using Modulation with a Single Band Filter - Soundtoys FilterFreak screen shows soundtoys filterfreak plugin

Beginner

What is a Filter, how does it work,what do the functions do and how to use it.
Duration: 4 mins



Working the Air Band with Equalisation


Working the Air Band with Equalisation screen shows the fabfilter pro q2 eq plugin

Intermediate

Equalisation techniques to control and process the Air Band.
Duration: 9 mins



Active, Passive, Graphic, Parametric, Fixed and Peaking Eqs


Eq Filters and Slopes/Responses screen shows the sll x equaliser plugin

Intermediate

What are the various types of equaliser designs/topologies what are the differences between them, and how and when to use them.
Duration: 13 mins



What is an equaliser and how does it work


Using EQ to add presence and dynamics to a Piano sound screen shows fabfilter's q3 dynamic eq plugin

Beginner

What is equalisation, how it works and how to use it.
Duration: 19 mins



Dynamic EQ - what is it and how do you use it


Dynamic EQ - what is it and how do you use it screen shows the tdr nova ge dynamic eq plugin

Intermediate

What is Dynamic Equalisation, how it works and how to use it.
Duration: 8 mins



Using Dynamic Equalisation on Female Vocals


Mastering Demos with EQ screen shows the tdr nova ge dynamic eq plugin

Advanced

How to use a dynamic equaliser to process female vocals. Add motion and vibrancy to female vocal recordings.
Duration: 11 mins



Eq Filters and Slopes/Responses


Eq Filters and Slopes/Responses screen shows the sll x equaliser plugin

Intermediate

Which filters to select when using equalisation, how to match filter slopes and responses and how best to utilise them.
Duration: 13 mins



Linear Phase Eq versus Minimum Phase Eq


linear phase versus minimum phase screen displaying an eq response

Intermediate

A detailed tutorial on the differences between Linear and Minimum Phase topologies-how and when to use them.
Duration: 11 mins



Mastering Demos with EQ


Mastering Demos with EQ screen shows the tdr nova ge dynamic eq plugin

Advanced

How to best prep your demo masters with equalisation.
Duration: 5 mins



Mastering EQ - Air Band Processing


Mastering EQ - Air Band Processing screen shows the fabfilter pro q2 equaliser plugin

Advanced

How to process the Air Band using equalisation - add sparkle and space to your mixes.
Duration: 8 mins



Reverb - manipulating distance using Proximity


Reverb - manipulating distance using Proximity screen shows the proximity plugin

Intermediate

Learn about the reverb proximity effect and how to control it. Create distance and 'behind' you effects using TDR's Proximity.
Duration: 9 mins



Controlling Vocal Sibilance


Controlling Vocal Sibilance screen shows the tonebooster sibilance plugin

Intermediate

Understanding what sibilance refers to when dealing with vocals and how best to tame it.
Duration: 8 mins



Reverb smoothing using a De-Esser


Reverb smoothing using a De-Esser screen shows the melda reverb plugin

Intermediate

Advanced techniques on manipulating and smoothing reverbs using a de-esser.
Duration: 12 mins



Using a Phaser Effect on Synth Pad Sounds



Advanced

Learn how to program lush evolving synth pad effects using a phaser effect.
Duration: 7 mins



Add Variety to your Drum Beats using Delay Effects


Delay Effect - what is it and how does it work screen showing fabfilter's timeless delay plugin

Intermediate

Sound design tutorial on using delay effects to create a variety of drum textures using existing sounds.
Duration: 10 mins



EDM Kick Drum Processing using Valves/Tubes


EDM Kick Drum Processing using Valves/Tubes screen shows the ssl bus compressor plugin

Intermediate

How to use valves/tubes to add warmth and thickness to EDM kick drums.
Duration: 11 mins



Compressing EDM Kick Drums


Compressing EDM Kick Drums screen shows the fabfilter pro c2 compressor plugin

Advanced

Advanced tutorial on how to use a compressor to shape and colour EDM kick drums.
Duration: 15 mins



Roland TR 808 Kicks and Multiband Compression


Roland TR 808 Kicks and Multiband Compression screen shows cubase's multiband compressor plugin

Intermediate

Learn how to use a multiband compressor (MBC) to shape and colour Roland TR 808 bass drums. Getting 808s to swell and bounce has never been easier.
Duration: 7 mins



Layering Drum Sounds using Multiple Layers


Layering Drum Sounds using Multiple Layers screen shows fabfilter's saturn distortion plugin

Intermediate

Learn how to layer drum sounds by using multiple layers and with parallel processing.
Duration: 9 mins



Drum Layering Basics


Drum Layering Basics screen shows cubase's quadrafuzz plugin

Beginner

A detailed tutorial on how to layer drums like a pro!
Duration: 9 mins



Drum processing using Middle and Side - M/S


Ducking any Frequency using Middle and Side screen shows voxengo's m/s plugin

Intermediate

An advanced tutorial that details how to use M/S (Middle and Side) processing to shape and colour drum sounds.
Duration: 6 mins



Create Epic Drums Sounds using the 'Flip and Nudge' Technique


Create Epic Drums Sounds using the 'Flip and Nudge' Technique screen shows reaper's main arrange window

Intermediate

An advanced Samplecraze technique for processing and layering drum sounds using a unique approach to sound design - as featured in Sound On Sound Magazine.
Duration: 11 mins



Shaping Drum Sounds for Layering


Shaping Drum Sounds for Layering screen shows the envelope tool in sound forge

Beginner

A detailed tutorial on how to prepare your samples for drum layering using ADSR envelopes, truncating and normalising.
Duration: 5 mins



Creating a Huge Low End Kick


Creating a Huge Low End Kick screen shows boz digital's sasquatch kick machine vsti

Intermediate

A sound design tutorial on how to use dynamic processors to create an epic low end kick!
Duration: 6 mins



Adding Sheen and Bounce to Roland TR 808 Kick drums


Adding Sheen and Bounce to Roland TR 808 Kick drums screen shows softube's heartbeat drum vsti

Intermediate

Learn how to add 'bounce' and sheen to a Roland TR 808 bass drums.
Duration: 8 mins



Mixing Bass and Kick


Mixing Bass and Kick screen shows the lindell 600 eq plugin

Intermediate

Mixing the bass and kick in a mix can be troublesome, but that can be negotiated by working on the harmonics and complimentary frequencies of each sound.
Duration: 15 mins



Ducking any Frequency using Middle and Side


Ducking any Frequency using Middle and Side screen shows voxengo's m/s plugin

Intermediate

Advanced technique incorporating M/S (Middle and Side) processing to duck specific frequencies in a mix.
Duration: 7 mins



DIY Mastering using Commercial Mix Profiles


DIY Mastering using Commercial Mix Profiles screen shos fabfilter's pro q2 equaliser

Intermediate

Advanced techniques showing you how you can master your music using commercial mixes as profiles for use with equalisers that offer a Match eq feature. Take a commercial mix, rip the eq profile and use it to master your own music. Very cool!
Duration: 17 mins



Layering Snares using a Synthesizer and a Noise Gate



Intermediate

A sound design tutorial on layering snares using tone generators, noise gates and advanced routing techniques.
Duration: 10 mins



Layering Snares using a Noise Gate and Pink/White Noise


Gating Techniques for Vocals screen shows the cubase gate plugin

Intermediate

Sound design tutorial on how to create new snare textures using a noise gate and pink/white noise.
Duration: 13 mins



Layering Kick Drums using a Tone/Test Generator and a Noise Gate



Intermediate

Learn how to create epic new kick drums using noise gates and tone generators. The noise gate shapes the tone generator which is then layered with a kick drum.
Duration: 15 mins



Roland TR 808 Kick Drum Bounce Processing


Roland TR 808 Kick Drum Bounce Processing screen shows d16's nepheton plugin

Intermediate

Get your 808s bouncing like a rubber ball!
Duration: 10 mins



Processing Rap Vocals - Prep and Optimisation


Processing Rap Vocals - Prep and Optimisation is a video tutorial that outlines the processes required to clean and optimise rap vocals. screen shows cubase's eq plugin

Intermediate

Techniques to show you how to prepare male rap vocals for effects and mix bus processing.
Duration: 19 mins



Layering Kick Sounds using Tone Modules



Intermediate

Build the most potent kicks known to mortals using advanced drum layering techniques!
Duration: 21 mins



Processing a Kick Drum in Parallel



Advanced

Sound design tutorial - creating a monster kick drum using tone modules.
Duration: 12 mins



MixBus-Transparent Pre Mastering


MixBus-Transparent Pre Mastering screen shows the psp master buss compressor plugin

Intermediate

Samplecraze series of MixBus processing Tutorials: How to create a transparent master!
Duration: 14 mins



MixBus - House Music Pre Mastering


MixBus - House Pre Mastering screen shows the tdr slick eq plugin

Intermediate

Samplecraze series of MixBus processing tutorials: Create a dynamic House master!
Duration: 19 mins



MixBus - Urban Music Pre Mastering



Intermediate

Samplecraze series of MixBus processing tutorials: Create a dynamic Urban master!
Duration: 13 mins



Stealing Transients - Maximising Loudness


Stealing Transients - Maximising Loudness screen shows the gclip clipper plugin

Beginner

Old school techniques for removing errant transients to maximise headroom for mastering.
Duration: 6 mins



Using Side-Chaining to Duck Reverbs on Vocals


Using Side-Chaining to Duck Reverbs on Vocals screen shows the waves f6 dynamic equaliser

Intermediate

Old school technique of ducking an effect within a mix using vocal lines as triggers. Perfect for cleaning vocal lines and managing spoken word in broadcasting and busy mixes.
Duration: 7 mins



Side-chaining Vocals against the Mix


Side-chaining vocals against the mix screen shows the waves f6 dynamic eq

Intermediate

How to create space for vocals in a busy mix by using side-chaining!
Duration: 12 mins



Avoiding Masking and Summing of frequencies by Panning


Avoiding Masking and Summing of frequencies by Panning screen shows the cubase panner

Intermediate

Understanding what is panning, masking of frequencies and summing within your DAW!
Duration: 5 mins



The Art of Drum Layering - Advanced


The Art of Drum Layering - Advanced screen shows an ebook cover design

Advanced

Drum layering techniques and processes for beat makers and producers! Learn how to: use envelope shapers/generators to reshape drum sounds, create drum elements for layering drums, layering within your DAW and the Samplecraze Flip and Nudge technique for really big sounding drums!
Duration: 60 mins



Creating Vocal Harmonies using Cubase


Creating Vocal Harmonies using Cubase screen showing cubase's project settings page

Intermediate

Learn how to create vocal harmonies using Cubase's time-stretching tools.
Duration: 12 mins



The 4 stages of Vocal Eq processing


The 4 stages of Vocal Eq processing screen shows cubase's eq plugin

Intermediate

Learn how to eq vocals professionally and quickly using these 4 simple steps!
Duration: 17 mins



Gating Techniques for Vocals


Gating Techniques for Vocals screen shows the cubase gate plugin

Intermediate

If your vocal recordings have background noise or headphone spill then this video tutorial could save your day.
Duration: 17 mins



MixBus Mastering Equalisation


MixBus Mastering Equalisation screen shows the acustica audio mea2 equaliser plugin

Intermediate

Learn how to use eq to master your mixes at the mixbus!
Duration: 16 mins



Using the Pultec Eq on a Drum Beat


Using the Pultec Eq on a Drum Beat screen displays the acustica audio pultec eq emulator plugin

Intermediate

Learn how to use Vintage Response equalisers on drum beats!
Duration: 8 mins



Get your 808 Bass Drums to hit hard using Dynamic Equalisation


Gating Techniques for Vocals screen shows the cubase gate plugin

Intermediate

Give your 808s bounce and colour using this surefire technique!
Duration: 13 mins



Using EQ to add presence and dynamics to a Guitar Line


Using EQ to add presence and dynamics to a Piano sound screen shows fabfilter's q3 dynamic eq plugin

Intermediate

Hit a brick wall trying to add spice to guitar recordings? Watch this step by step video tutorial on how to liven a guitar take.
Duration: 11 mins



Using EQ to add presence and dynamics to a Piano sound


Using EQ to add presence and dynamics to a Piano sound screen shows fabfilter's q3 dynamic eq plugin

Intermediate

Finding it hard to nail that piano sound? Let me show you how by using equalisation to enrich and liven a staid piano sound.
Duration: 10 mins



Using EQ to add presence and dynamics to an Electric Bass


Using EQ to add presence and to an Electric Bass screen shows the trident equaliser plugin

Intermediate

Liven up electric guitars with these eq processes!
Duration: 13 mins



Using EQ to Clean and Enrich Rap Vocals


Using EQ to Clean and Enrich Rap Vocals screen shows cubase's stock eq plugin

Intermediate

Clean and beef up male rap vocals using just an equaliser!
Duration: 10 mins



Using Dynamic EQ to balance Kick and Bass


Using Dynamic EQ to balance Kick and Bass screen shows the Waves F6 dynamic eq plugin

Intermediate

Don't always reach for the compressor's side-chain to marry the kick to the bass. A dynamic eq can sometimes be better!
Duration: 8 mins



Using EQ to add Punch and Clarity on a TR 909 Kick Drum


low end screen showing the famous 909 beat machine

Intermediate

Struggling to get your 909s to cut through the mix and invade the dance floor? Watch this.
Duration: 10 mins



Layering Backing Vocals to create Harmonies


Processing Backing Vocals screen shows the tla 100 leveling amp plugin

Intermediate

Let me show you how you can maximise your backing vocals for impact and interest by using band-pass equalisation and layering to create interesting and epic vocal harmonies!
Duration: 13 mins



De-essing EDM female lead vocals


de-esser a screen showing fabfilter's pro ds plugin

Beginner

Struggling to de ess driving female lead vocals? This tutorial will guide you through all the steps.
Duration: 13 mins



Ducking Effects in Real-time using Vocal Triggers


Ducking Effects in Real-time using Vocal Triggers screen shows soundtoys echoboy delay plugin

Intermediate

Learn how to duck any effect anywhere using the vocal track as a trigger.
Duration: 14 mins



Extending the Dynamic Range of Rap Vocals


Extending the Dynamic Range of Rap Vocals screen shows fabfilter's pro mb plugin

Intermediate

A very cool technique demonstrating how to extend the dynamic range of rap vocals.
Duration: 17 mins



Processing Lead Rock Vocals


Processing Lead Rock Vocals screen shows soundtoys decapitator plugin

Intermediate

A detailed tutorial on how to process lead Rock vocals to sit in a mix.
Duration: 13 mins



Processing Backing Vocals


Processing Backing Vocals screen shows the tla 100 leveling amp plugin

Beginner

Backing vocals are as important as lead vocals and understanding how to process them to best optimise them can be daunting.
Duration: 13 mins



Tuning and Pitching Lead Rock Vocals


Tuning and Pitching Rock Lead Vocals screen shows the waves real tune plugin

Intermediate

How to pitch and tune Rock vocals.
Duration: 13 mins



Using Modulators to add Dynamic Motion to Vocals


Using Modulators to add Dynamic Motion to Vocals screen showing waves metafilter plugin

Intermediate

Add interest to your vocal lines by modulating the volume.
Duration: 12 mins



Using Dynamic EQ on the Drum Group


Using Dynamic EQ on the Drum Group screen displaying fabfilter q3 dynamic eq

Intermediate

Glue the drum group with dynamic equalisation!
Duration: 9 mins



Band-pass Equalisation - Slopes and Gradients


Band-pass Equalisation - Slopes and Gradients screen shows the fabfilter pro q3 equaliser

Intermediate

To master equalisation you need to understand how the filter slope/gradient affects the equaliser's response.
Duration: 9 mins



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