Peer pressure. When I'm reviewing the almost complete product.. figuring out those final details that need to be addressed.. I will often snap myself add this ot that just because my peers are doing it... this will usually result in a kind of no mans land beat that I wont be happy with.
I still use compression from time to time but had to let it go and learn to live with out it. Once I got rid of that and and other crutches like eq and anything else that can polish substandard sounds.... as soon as I relaxed off these, my sound selection skillset improved. I'm not the man or anything but it certainly made a difference.
Its like an adult taking something off a child and saying they will give it back when they learn to be responsible.. only we dont often get that in the home stusio world.
i don't know if this is usually "frowned upon" but i turn the bass stupid high when i'm mixing till i can hear it vibrate through the beams in the wall lol
needless to say, i usually have to turn it down at least a dozen times each "bounce" till it's at a reasonable level. so if i can hear it just enough, it's usually perfect. if i can hear it well, it's too much.
When working with these "trap beats" that everyones making, the transition between the kick and sine wave usually clashes for a quarter of a second which I personally notice (especially when listening to it in a car with a good system). It's basically just a quick dip that I have OCD over. Sometimes, I move the bass over until it "looks" right by looking at the waveforms, and it always ends up sounding right when doing that.
-EQing things with crazy boosting with both samples and virtual instruments
-EQing samples with an analog EQ before I have created anything (can't go back)
-Layering samples up to 5x or more, rather than more surgical EQing.
-Taking things with beautiful dynamic range and compressing the hell out of it (useful for samples to maintain consistency or on instruments to bring out any artifacts).
-Ducking the kick behind the bassline (not often and probably way more odd in Hip Hop that it would be an another genre)
-Creating artifacts purposely
-Stereo drum everything, stereo kick, stereo snare, even stereo HH. Sounds better to me. Not a fan of mono.
I do the same other then with the kick. for some reason the kick doesn't sound right to me stereo. unless its slightly different dynamically on each channel.
Originally Posted by beyondat
"Digital clipping", it's the new "Tape Saturation"!
i do like that gritty harshness you can get out of digital clipping on some elements, especially if you print and re sculpt the transients. still doesnt compare to tape though.
Originally Posted by Jaynm26
Engineers - WTF!! Did you do with that EQ!! Looks like you tried to draw a picture you freakin idiot. Never get a job ever moves to radio.
lol, I say that to myself alot.
Originally Posted by Ken Lewis
lol, not fair! not all of us have a board!! especially an SSL
one of my frowned upon techniques, I gainstage with separate auxes to all to a master aux instead of printing. either Im stupid, a controll freak, or lazy. I still cant tell.
Awesome thread by the way.