Effects

Effects are the fairy dust of production! Nothing adds colour to a mix better than a spattering of effects!

The most common effects used in a studio are covered in detail. Reverb, delay, chorus, flanger and phaser are the ‘go to’ essentials for most producers. Here, I show you professional techniques for using them, and with the right knowledge it’s easier than you might think.

Using an effect for its intended purpose is one thing but to get creative with it is quite another and involves a slightly different approach to the norm, a sound design approach. Layering and modulating effects is a powerful way of creating amazing textures, a subject we explore in detail!

Effects can also be used dynamically. For example stereo-widening, frequency smoothing and pitch shifting are just a few of the techniques covered in this category.

Tutorials


Realtime Automation


Automation Lanes - what are they and how to use them screen shows cubase's automation lane

Intermediate

Realtime automation - both creating automation lanes and recording and reading events within your DAW.
Duration: 4 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



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



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



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



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 are its functions and how to use it.
Duration: 4 mins



Creating the 3 master reverbs using the FabFilter Pro R reverb


Creating a Big Studio Reverb a.k.a the Abbey Rd Reverb screen shows fabfilter pro r reverb plugin

Advanced

Crafting the three main master mix reverbs using FabFilter Pro-R reverb.
Duration: 9 mins



Constructing the 3 master mix reverbs using Melda MReverb


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

Advanced

The art and science of working the main mix reverbs in series and in parallel using Melda's MReverb plugin..
Duration: 9 mins



Creating a Smooth and Liquid Reverb


Creating a Smooth and Liquid Reverb screen shows the cubase de esser plugin

Intermediate

Techniques in how to manipulate reverbs using sibilance plugins to achieve a smooth and warm texture.
Duration: 5 mins



Using Reverbs In Series for Female Vocals


Creating a Big Studio Reverb a.k.a the Abbey Rd Reverb screen shows fabfilter pro r reverb plugin

Intermediate

A thorough tutorial explaining how to configure multiple reverbs in series for processing female vocals.
Duration: 5 mins



Reverb Effect - what is it and how does it work


Reverb Effect - what is it and how does it work screen showing ozone 5 reverb

Beginner

Everything you will ever need to know about the reverb effect, how it works, when to use it and how to use it
Duration: 13 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



Piano Reverb Processing


Piano Reverb Processing screen shows the valhalla reverb plugin

Intermediate

Learn how to craft the perfect reverb for pianos.
Duration: 12 mins



iZotope Ozone Reverb - how to create a mix reverb


Reverb Effect - what is it and how does it work screen showing ozone 5 reverb

Beginner

A very cool technique for creating that elusive master reverb for your mixes using iZotope Ozone's reverb.
Duration: 5 mins



Creating a Master Mix Reverb


Creating a Big Studio Reverb a.k.a the Abbey Rd Reverb screen shows fabfilter pro r reverb plugin

Intermediate

Learn how to create the perfect stereo master bus reverb for all your mixes.
Duration: 11 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



Drum Reverb


Reverb Effect - what is it and how does it work screen showing ozone 5 reverb

Intermediate

Covering techniques, pitfalls and advanced functions on how to configure and use drum reverbs.
Duration: 6 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



Reverb Compression for Drums


Using Compression in Series to Process Lead Vocals is a deep tutorial on the workings of a compressor, and in this case two compressors in series, and how best to use it for various vocal processing tasks screen shows the cubase stock compressor plugin

Intermediate

Cool techniques for processing compressed reverbs for Epic Drum sounds.
Duration: 7 mins



Creating a Big Studio Reverb a.k.a the Abbey Rd Reverb


Creating a Big Studio Reverb a.k.a the Abbey Rd Reverb screen shows fabfilter pro r reverb plugin

Intermediate

This tutorial shows you how to create the famous Abbey Rd Big Studio Reverb for your mix projects.
Duration: 8 mins



Processing Female Vocals using the Reverb 2445


Processing Female Vocals using the Reverb 2445 screen shows psp 2445 reverb plugin

Intermediate

Processing female vocals with the famous EMT 2445 reverb - transparency and lush at its best!
Duration: 7 mins



Phaser Effect - what it is and how it works


Phaser Effect - what it is and how it works screen showing cubase's phaser plugin

Beginner

A detailed tutorial expounding the virtues of the powerful yet elusive phaser effect, how does it work, how to use it and when to use it.
Duration: 9 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



Using a Flanger to create Stereo Effects


Using a Flanger to create Stereo Effects screen shows the psp delay plugin

Advanced

Advanced techniques for creating very cool stereo effects using the flanger effect and in this instance it is vocals that get the flanger treatment!
Duration: 9 mins



Flanger Effect - what is it and how does it work


Flanger Effect - what is it and how does it work screen shows the cubase flanger effect plugin

Beginner

A fully detailed journey into what a flanger effect is, how to use it and when to use it.
Duration: 8 mins



Using a Delay to create a Crackle Effect


Using a Delay to create a Crackle Effect screen shows soundtoys echoboy delay plugin

Intermediate

A sound design tutorial showing you how to use a delay effect to create a crackle effect. A great way to add spice and grime to a sound and in this tutorial to a drum beat!
Duration: 6 mins



Using a Delay as a Reverb


Using a Delay as a Reverb screen shows soundtoys echoboy delay plugin

Intermediate

Reverb can smear low frequency sounds like basses and using a delay effect instead of a reverb maintains the clarity and focus of the sound.
Duration: 8 mins



Using Stereo Delays on Vocals


Using Chorus Creatively on Vocals screen shows soundtoys echoboy delay plugin

Intermediate

Using stereo and dual-mono delay effects for modulating the stereo width of vocal lines is a very potent process!
Duration: 9 mins



Using Modulation to shape a Delay Effect's Filters


Using Modulation to shape a Delay Effect's Filters screen shows fabfilter's timeless delay plug

Beginner

Detailed tutorial on how to use source and destination modulators with a delay effect to create spatial soundscapes.
Duration: 12 mins



Delay Effect - Cross Feedback and Style


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

Intermediate

Understanding and manipulating crossfeed and style algorithms for the delay effect so as to create huge sound scapes.
Duration: 12 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



Delay Effect - what is it and how does it work


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

Beginner

What is the delay effect, how do you use it and when to use it.
Duration: 10 mins



Using a Delay to Manipulate Stereo Width


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

Intermediate

Using a delay effect to create and manipulate stereo width. Make your mixes wider!
Duration: 5 mins



How to Calculate Delay Times


How to Calculate Delay Times screen showing delay to bpm chart

Beginner

How to calculate delay times for any BPM and at any value: triplets, dotted, straight etc. These tools will also help you in calculating compressor attack and release times along with reverb pre delays.
Duration: 5 mins



Using a Delay to create Chorus


Using a Delay to create Chorus screen shows cubase chorus and soundtoys primal tap plugins

Intermediate

Learn how to create the chorus effect using a delay effect processor.
Duration: 3 mins



Soundtoys Crystallizer- using Granular Synthesis on Vocals


Soundtoys Crystallizer- using Granular Synthesis on Vocals screen shows soundtoys crystallizer plugin

Advanced

An advanced tutorial for creating pitch-shifted chorus effects using granular processing. Let me show you how to create epic vocal effects using this simple effect!
Duration: 9 mins



Using Chorus Creatively on Vocals


Using Chorus Creatively on Vocals screen shows soundtoys echoboy delay plugin

Advanced

Advanced tutorial on how to use modulation with different types of chorus effects to process vocals.
Duration: 8 mins



Chorus Effect - what is it and how does it work


Chorus Effect - what is it and how does it work screen showing cubase's chorus effect plugin

Beginner

Thorough explanation of what the chorus effect is, how it works and when to use it.
Duration: 7 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



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



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



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



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 process male rap vocals using both effects and dynamic processors.
Duration: 19 mins



Using Cubase's Stock Reverb Plugins


Layering Reverbs for a Big and Lush Effect screen showing cubase's reverb plugin

Intermediate

A detailed tutorial explaining how to use Cubase's stock reverb plugins to create a huge and lush reverb effect.
Duration: 21 mins



Layering Reverbs for a Big and Lush Effect


Layering Reverbs for a Big and Lush Effect screen showing cubase's reverb plugin

Beginner

How to layer 3 vocal reverbs for the ultimate in warmth and thickness.
Duration: 6 mins



How to use Reverb for Electronic Drums


How to use Reverb for Electronic Drums screen shows cubase's groove agent plugin

Beginner

Let me help you to understand and master electronic drum reverb processing to bring out the best in your beat creations!
Duration: 11 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



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 within a mix using the vocal track as a trigger for the side-chain of the compressor that attenuates the effect.
Duration: 14 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



Using Modulators to add Dynamic Motion to Vocals


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

Intermediate

Add dynamic motion to your vocal lines by modulating the volume of the vocal take within your DAW.
Duration: 12 mins



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