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Monday, April 29, 2013

Sound Recording Tips For Reverb And Delay

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General tips   Smaller reverb & short delay make sound bigger
  Listen to the sound in earphones and imagine it standing in a room
  Long delay, long reverb predelay and reverb decay will sound far away
  Delays timed to the tempo will add debth to the sound, but are not noticed. Delays not timed will be noticed
  Reverb timed to the tempo will make a smooth sound
  Try putting 2 or 3 reverbs on a signal
 

Vocal Delay Get movement of the singer by adding 1/4 - 1/8 note on one side and 1/4 - 1/8 trplet on the other side
220 msec will add debth and space to vocals
Double vocals with 1/16 note, lower and raise pitch - with random if possible
Improve "dry" vocals bandwidth limited (440Hz - 2.5kHz) with delay 12ms one channel and 14ms the other, slightly panned out.
 
Guitar Delay Guitar recorded directly: add space with 25ms on one and 50ms on the other channel
Stereo-double guitar with 12ms opposite the guitar
Make a mono sound bigger with 25ms - 30ms, level delay up until noticed
Add room with 100ms, delay paned opposite the guitar, timed if possible
Reverb 80s rockguitar with 2s decay and 120ms predelay
Bigger guitar with mono reverb with very low decay time (<0.1s), try increase decay time. Pan reverb opposite guitar.
 
Drums / Percussion Reverb Smashing snare use 50ms - 125ms with a very little feedack
Shakers and tambourine 0.8s - 1.2s with 0ms - 20ms predelay (very short)
 
Keyboard Reverb Pad with 2s - 2.5s decay ad short (20ms) predelay timed with filter 150Hz - 8kHz to cut low and high frequencies
 
Strings Reverb 2.2s - 2.5s delay and 20ms predelay
Brighten the effect for standout, darken for fade in

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