In this article I will define a creative way to set up the Malstrom as a filter bank. While the more common route is using You need to have a registered account to download this file. The benefit behind using Thor as a filter is that you have a wide range of different filters to your disposal. Only negative part would be in this context is that you have to manual route them using the Modulation Bus matrix. The malstrom on the other hand does not require any programming skills at all. It gets as straight forward as it gets. Setting up the Malstrom as a Filter unit Routing the Malstrom up is... more

Needless to say that there is a lot of misinformation online, especially when it comes to the dark art of music production and mixing. The humble High Pass Filter has become shrouded in its own mystery - one that I'll explore and debunk in this post. While the internet is an incredible resource and it's amazing that we now have access to such a wealth of information and experiences to draw upon, it can also be pretty darn confusing, with a lot of conflicting facts out there. There are a lot of audio myths out there that get taken as read, purely because they're repeated over and over again... more

Here we see the characteristic 'hump' just above the turnover frequency of a shelving filter. There's something happening when I master my mixes that I can't find an explanation for. This has been bothering me for nearly two years, so I thought it was time to call the experts After maximising my mix, so that the level of the audio is just below the point of clipping, if I insert a high-pass filter at, say, 40Hz, suddenly the audio starts to clip. I thought that after inserting a high-pass filter the level should drop, but this is not the case. I've tried it with several EQs but always with... more

The audio spectrum is the audible frequency range at which humans can hear. The audio spectrum range spans from 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz and can be effectively broken down into seven different frequency bands, with each having a different impact on the total sound. The seven frequency bands are Sub-bass Bass Low midrange Midrange Upper midrange Presence Brilliance Sub Bass 20 to 60 Hz The sub bass provides the first usable low frequencies on most recordings. The deep bass produced in this range is usually felt more than it is heard, providing a sense of power. Many instruments struggle to enter... more

I'm kind of a guitar effects noob so sorry if this is an extremely stupid question. How do you obtain a clean and distorted tone using pedals and amp An example of the kind of sound im looking for is can be found in alot of songs but my primary goal would be the tone that Josh Homme and Troy Van Leeuwen get use in the song 'My God is the Sun Queens of the Stone Age'. I don't know how to achieve this sound, i play the song on my Peavey Bandit 112 but don't know how to dial in the tone nor do I know what type's of pedals i would use. Every time i play it on my Peavey I have no clarity... more

Distortion comes in a huge range of slightly different forms, from subtle analogue warmth to extreme metal fuzz, mild digital imprecision to eardrum-bursting clipping. But what is distortion, what's happening to your signal and why is some distortion 'good' while some is 'bad' Theoretically, distortion refers to any form of processing which changes or perhaps damages the signal. In analogue gear, distortion usually arises when circuits are overloaded. Waveforms get squashed and 'clipped' as the peaks are flattened by the circuit's inability to reproduce higher levels. Imagine feeding a... more

Welcome to part 3 in this series on music production techniques. Think of these as essential audio concepts every self-respecting producer should know This article delves into distortion effects. If you like your audio edgy, gritty and full of attitude, then you simply can't live without distortion. But what is distortion and when is the right time to use it Here I'll delve into the different effects types that can be classed as distortion and some that are very closely related. Distortion Is Distortion Before we get into the different flavors of distortion, it's important to understand... more

There are many ways to get from A to B Transitions and fills can be defined as passages, riffs, rhythmic sections or sounds that connect contiguous musical sections together. You will have heard many of them - indeed, there was probably at least one in the last song you listened to, whether it was a smooth segue between verse and chorus, or an attention-grabbing fill before a drop. Placing a crash cymbal on beat 1, muting track elements and inserting crazy drum fills are just three ways to join disparate sections of a song, but arrangement-bridging methods come in a vast array of forms,... more

If we had to choose one production technique that we reckon has had more profound an effect than any other on the sound of dance music in the 21st century, it would undoubtedly be sidechain compression. Ever since some bright spark first strapped a compressor over their bass bus and fed a 4 4 kick drum into its external key input, producers the world over have been mad for overt sidechaining. Indeed, it's highly likely you already use it as a matter of course. If, however, you've yet to give it a try, this walkthrough is for you... For much more on sidechaining, pick up Computer Music 219... more

Whether you're new to Reason or an Expert, this you'll find this Reason tutorial on how to use sidechain compression in Reason useful. I've been using Propellerhead's Reason DAW for about 15 years now, and I'm going to share all of the secrets to unlocking Reason's incredible sidechain options. Be sure to check out this in-depth tutorial on all sorts of cool, crazy ways to use sidechain compression for cool effects You can download the patches I use for free here. This Reason tutorial is going to start simple, explaining what sidechain compression is and offering simple examples. You can... more