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 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 Beginner

How to top and tail drum sounds extracted from a beat.
Duration: 6 mins

Automating Plugin Parameters 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 Intermediate

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

Feed-back Compression 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 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 Advanced

What is negative limiting, how does it work and how to use it.
Duration: 5 mins

Pumping and Swelling Drum Beats using Compressors Intermediate

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

Side-chaining Bass and Kick for EDM Intermediate

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

Side-chain Expansion - Bass and Kick processing 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 Beginner

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

Cubase Balanced Panner versus Combined Panner 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 Intermediate

How to prepare your audio for mixing with band pass cleaning and matching filter slopes for optimum responses.
Duration: 13 mins

Layering drums using middle and side processing Advanced

Sound Design tutorial on how to create a background texture from a drum loop using M/S and Layering.
Duration: 6 mins

Converting Mono Channels to Stereo for Parallel Processing Intermediate

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

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

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

Harmonizer Effect - what it is and how to use it 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.
Duration: 7 mins

Harmonic Distortion - Odd and Even Harmonics 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 Intermediate

What is a gate, how it works and how to use the side-chaining facility.
Duration: 12 mins

Noise Gate - What is it and how does it work Beginner

What is a noise gate, how does it work and when to use it..
Duration: 11 mins

Using Expansion - the power of Side-chaining Advanced

Advanced tutorial on how to use the side-chain of an expander to create new textures.
Duration: 6 mins

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

What is a de-esser, how it works and how and when to use it.
Duration: 12 mins

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

Using a Step Sequencer as a Modulator to process Filter Cut-Off and Resonance.
Duration: 7 mins

Using Modulation with a Single Band Filter - Soundtoys FilterFreak Intermediate

Create Crazy Effects using a Modulator to process a Single Filter Band.
Duration: 6 mins

Using Modulation with a 2 Band Filter - FabFilter Simplon Intermediate

Creating Cross Modulation using 2 band Filters in Series and Parallel.
Duration: 7 mins

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

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

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

What are they, 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 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 Intermediate

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

Using Dynamic Equalisation on Female Vocals Advanced

Using a dynamic eq to process female vocals. Add motion and vibrancy to female vocal recordings.
Duration: 11 mins

Eq Filters and Slopes/Responses 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 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 Advanced

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

Mastering EQ - Air Band Processing Advanced

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

Reverb - manipulating distance using Proximity Intermediate

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

Controlling Vocal Sibilance Intermediate

Understanding sibilance in vocals and best how to control it.
Duration: 8 mins

Reverb smoothing using a De-Esser 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 Intermediate

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

EDM Kick Drum Processing using Valves/Tubes Intermediate

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

Compressing EDM Kick Drums 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 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 Intermediate

Learn how to layer drum sounds using multiple layers and in parallel!
Duration: 9 mins

Drum Layering Basics Beginner

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

Drum processing using Middle and Side - M/S Intermediate

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

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

A detailed tutorial on how to prepare your samples for drum layering.
Duration: 5 mins

Creating a Huge Low End Kick Intermediate

A Sound Design Tutorial on how to use Dynamics to create an Epic low end kick
Duration: 6 mins

Adding Sheen and Bounce to Roland TR 808 Kick drums Intermediate

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

Mixing Bass and Kick Intermediate

Mixing the bass and kick can be troublesome, but that can be handled by working on the harmonics and complimentary frequencies.
Duration: 15 mins

Ducking any Frequency using Middle and Side Intermediate

Advanced technique incorporating M/S processing to duck specific frequencies in a mix.
Duration: 7 mins

DIY Mastering using Commercial Mix Profiles Intermediate

Advanced techniques showing you how you can master your music using noise profiles.
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 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 Intermediate

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

Processing Rap Vocals - Prep and Optimisation 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 Intermediate

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

MixBus - House Music Pre Mastering 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 Beginner

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

Using Side-Chaining to Duck Reverbs on Vocals Intermediate

Ducking reverbs using side-chaining with vocals. Old school technique for cleaning vocal lines and managing spoken word in broadcasting.
Duration: 7 mins

Side-chaining Vocals against the Mix 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 Intermediate

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

The Art of Drum Layering - Advanced 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 Intermediate

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

The 4 stages of Vocal Eq processing Intermediate

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

Gating Techniques for Vocals 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 Intermediate

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

Using the Pultec Eq on a Drum Beat 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 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 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 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 Intermediate

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

Using EQ to Clean and Enrich Rap Vocals Intermediate

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

Using Dynamic EQ to balance Kick and Bass 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 for Punch and Clarity on a 909 Kick Drum 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 Intermediate

Let me show you how you can maximise your backing vocals for impact and interest by band-passing and layering!
Duration: 13 mins

De-essing EDM female lead vocals 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 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 Intermediate

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

Processing Lead Rock Vocals Intermediate

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

Processing Backing Vocals 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 Intermediate

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

Using Modulators to add Dynamic Motion to Vocals Intermediate

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

Using Dynamic EQ on the Drum Group Intermediate

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

Band-pass Equalisation - Slopes and Gradients 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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