Archive for September, 2013

Lo-Fi Sound In Brown Vol.1

Posted in Music with tags , , , on September 29, 2013 by The Buddha Rats

I keep meaning to put out more than 3 tunes at a clip, but life keeps getting in the way. Demos of two of these were already posted, but these versions are fleshed out with added bells and whistles, and sound more complete.


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As Close To A Magic Bullet As You Can Get

Posted in How To's, Making Music, Recording Basics, Recording with Reaper with tags , , on September 29, 2013 by The Buddha Rats

Advice comes and goes, but this trick is the one thing that has brought me back around from being 100% frustrated with mixing at home: High-pass almost everything in your mix.

That’s it. It’s really that simple. Embrace the high-pass filter, and your mixes will thank you for it. A high-pass filter is simply a filter that rolls off low frequencies. It cuts out the mud. And if you are like me, then the biggest  problem you face with your mixes is probably that they are just too muddy.

Granted your individual tracks may sound great, and you may not think there is too much bass, but when you start combining it all together, you end up with mix that gives you an instant headache, due to all the low-mid build-up. Chances are you’re also adding too much top end too.

I used to pour the compression and EQ on every track trying to get things to sound thick and full. Turns out all I was doing was increasing the noise, and the mud. Some tunes sounded good that way, but most didn’t. It was really only a little over a year ago that I all but stopped using EQ on everything but the master bus.

The one plug in that has saved my music has been Satson by Sonimus. I mean it: This simple and relatively inexpensive plug in is a sleeper hit! I’ve got other “console” plugs, but none are as effective. Satson is meant to go on everything. Essentially it gives you a  high-pass (and low-pass filter) with a gain control. I use the the high-pass on everything except for drums and bass, which I tweak using the gain control. I’ve been told by others that my recent mixes sound much clearer and natural.

In the end, it’s no magic bullet, but it’s close. Try it, you’ve got nothing to lose.


Hector and the Leaves

Posted in Music on September 14, 2013 by The Buddha Rats

I received some nice compliments on my music from these guys. They are a duo out of the UK, and I really like their stuff. It’s a great blend of Elliott Smith with some Beach Boys, but without that dickhead Mike Love.

Check ’em out: