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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.

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Reaper Video Tuorials

Posted in Recording with Reaper on December 17, 2010 by The Buddha Rats

I’m home sick like a dog today, so I figured I’d sleep, and take the time to learn more about my DAW.

I use Reaper, and if you haven’t checked the program out I recommend it highly.  It’s got fantastic routing features, is very stable, updated regularly by the developers (can’t say that for Cubase can you?). In fact, if I were a rich and famous musician I’d endorse it. But you don’t have to be rich to get yourself a copy. There’s a sliding pay scale for professionals as well as home users, so don’t be a douchebag and use a cracked copy- just buy the damn thing.

I found these great tutorials aptly titled tutorialsforreaper.com. I’ve already walked away knowing a lot more than I did, and each video is only about 8 minutes long. I won’t post any of them to my blog- you should check them out on the OP’s site. Here’s the vid list:

  1. Reason Rewired to Reaper
  2. Addictive Drums– Recording multichannel audio and live audio via input (this is great, cause you don’t have to record MIDI first. You can record straight to either stereo or mono wav files).
  3. Mixing and Bounce Help – Envelopes, Drawing Automations,  Normalizing, Manual Leveling, Volume and Pan, Render Ready For CD.
  4. Midi Routing – Kontakt 4, Route Midi to VSTi and Back to Separate Audio Tracks, Render Each Instrument Properly.
  5. Drums as Click – GTG Synth Drums, Midi Drums as Click, Basic Beat Creation.
  6. Live/Multi-track Recording or Mixing – Full Band Recording, Multi-Tracking, Live Sound, Record Your Show.
  7. Take System Basics – Record Selected Area, Audio Compilation, Vocal Compilation.
  8. Split/Slip Editing – Edit Drums Manual, Faster then Pro Tools, Better then Beat Detective, Gofer KeyMap, SWS Extensions.
  9. FX Menus and Simple Sends Routing – Quick Add FX, AcmeBarGig, Density MKII,  FX Chains.
  10. Audio Import, Track Organization – Large Audio import, Track Organization With Folders, Color Code Groups.
  11. Elastic Audio in Reaper – Stretch audio, Warp Audio Like Pro Tools, Sync Vocals, Align Audio.
  12. File Structure – Organize Audio, Setup Back-up Folders, Session Directory, Reaper-blog.com.
  13. Customize Menus – Basics of menu alterations, Export/Import, TCP, Mixer.
  14. Changing Reapers Theme – Download, Extract, Menu Options, Forums.
  15. Audio Interface with Asio4All – Latency, Monitoring, Buffer Settings.
  16. Basic Overview – Save Session, Default Setup, Record Audio, Simple Effects.