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Taming harsh sustained sounds
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Taming harsh sustained sounds

Hi all,

Wondering your methods for taming harsh long sounds such as cymbals and sustained sounds that pierce the ear.

Dessing, lowpassing, resonant notches.. work but not feeling like they are the right solution.

Would love your input.
THANKS
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Sometimes it takes a combo of things. Volume automation, dynamic EQ (TDR Nova), notch filtering, LPF, tape sim, bx_refinement and gating. Harsh cymbal sound can often result from bleed into the snare muc that’s being heavily compressed and EQ’d. Using the SSL 4000 expander or gate you can get rid of a lot of the bleed. Or sometimes you just have to layer in a sample, so you can lower the volume of the snare mic. I use a sample of the actual snare that I recorded, so it sounds natural.
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Hi all,

Wondering your methods for taming harsh long sounds...
I realize that yours is probably a horse-has-left-the-barn situation. But what sorts of mics are you pointing at these harsh things?
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