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. Topping and Tailing refers to truncating and normalising audio along with fade ins and outs. 
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. In this tutorials I show you how to use negative limiting to process vocals.
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

Creative 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 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



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



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



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. In this video I use the mighty Eventide Harmonizer 910 to maul a drum beat!
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. 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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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 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



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

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



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 using TDR's Proximity.
Duration: 9 mins



Controlling Vocal Sibilance



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



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 delay effects 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 by using multiple layers and with parallel processing.
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 (Middle and Side) 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 using ADSR envelopes, truncating and normalising.
Duration: 5 mins



Creating a Huge Low End Kick



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



Intermediate

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



Mixing Bass and Kick



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



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



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



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

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



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 to add Punch and Clarity on a TR 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 using band-pass equalisation and layering to create interesting and epic vocal harmonies!
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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