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


Real-time Automation Intermediate

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

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

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

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

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

Creating the 3 master reverbs using the FabFilter Pro R reverb Advanced

Crafting the three main reverbs used in mixing.
Duration: 9 mins

Constructing the 3 master mix reverbs using Melda MReverb 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 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 Intermediate

Understanding how to configure multiple reverbs in series for processing female vocals.
Duration: 5 mins

Reverb Effect - what is it and how does it work 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 Intermediate

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

Piano Reverb Processing Intermediate

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

iZotope Ozone Reverb - how to create a mix reverb Beginner

A very cool technique for creating that elusive master reverb for your mixes.
Duration: 5 mins

Creating a Master Mix Reverb Intermediate

Learn how to create the perfect stereo master bus reverb.
Duration: 11 mins

Controlling Vocal Sibilance Intermediate

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

Drum Reverb Intermediate

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

Reverb smoothing using a De-Esser Intermediate

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

Reverb Compression for Drums Intermediate

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

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

Create the famous Abbey Rd Big Studio Reverb for your mix projects.
Duration: 8 mins

Processing Female Vocals using the Reverb 2445 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 Beginner

What is 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 Advanced

Advanced techniques for creating very cool stereo effects using a flanger effect.
Duration: 9 mins

Flanger Effect - what is it and how does it work 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 Intermediate

A sound design tutorial showing you how to use a delay effect to create crackle.
Duration: 6 mins

Using a Delay as a Reverb Intermediate

Reverb can smear 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 Intermediate

Using stereo and dual mono delay effects for modulating the stereo width of vocal lines.
Duration: 9 mins

Using Modulation to shape a Delay Effect's Filters Beginner

Detailed tutorial on how to use source and destination with modulators to create spatial effects.
Duration: 12 mins

Delay Effect - Cross Feedback and Style 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 Intermediate

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

Delay Effect - what is it and how does it work 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 Intermediate

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

How to Calculate Delay Times Beginner

How to calculate delay times for any BPM and at any value: triplets, dotted, straight etc
Duration: 5 mins

Using a Delay to create Chorus Intermediate

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

Soundtoys Crystallizer- using Granular Synthesis on Vocals 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 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 Beginner

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

Layering Drum Sounds using Multiple Layers Intermediate

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

DIY Mastering using Commercial Mix Profiles Intermediate

Advanced techniques showing you how you can master your music using noise profiles.
Duration: 17 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

Using Cubase's Stock Reverb Plugins Intermediate

Using Cubase's stock reverb plugins to create a huge and lush reverb effect.
Duration: 21 mins

Layering Reverbs for a Big and Lush Effect Beginner

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

How to use Reverb for Electronic Drums 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 Intermediate

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

Processing Lead Rock Vocals 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 Intermediate

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

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