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Old 16th July 2007
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EQ settings for...........

Does anybody have any good EQ settings that they usually use for Shakers and tambourines???
Old 16th July 2007
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Twist the knobs till it sounds right.
Old 17th July 2007
Distortion will make them fat. Overlaod something and rool off the highs a little.

It's not appropriate for everything, but it's a cool sound and can cut down on the tickiness.
Old 17th July 2007
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Well Heathen is pretty much right but there are some guidlines. I like to give those things air so they sit right. Kind of depends on the music too.
Old 17th July 2007
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In my experience, when trying to get a shaker or tambourine to sit right in the mix, reverb is a much bigger element, or as big at least as eq.
Old 17th July 2007
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I'd have to hear it, and the track

Old 17th July 2007
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Use the best microphones and place them till it sounds right!!
Old 17th July 2007
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-HP filter, get rid of everything below 2-500hz (adjust to taste), especially if there are drums in the equation too. I quite often find an LPF or high shelf useful in bringing down 6-10khz, to give the cymbals space and really focus on the percussions fundamentals.

-Drive the pre a bit and compress. Compress lightly when tracking then gonuts when mixing. The key to using compressors on percussion is in the attack setting.
Quick attack will balance it out, slower will let you maintain transients.

-Reverb- It never ceases to amaze me how I can have a LOT of verb on percussion and only hear it when I hit stop and catch the tail. It's quite nice to tune the pre-delay to an 8th or 16th derision if you can.

-Level/referencing- percussion level sounds vastly different depending on the system, in my experience. Obviously, cross checking on different systems is a must, but I usually air on the side of caution with levels.
If you automate it so that you bring it out (up) in certain parts, it tunes your ear into it and makes it stay in the psyche.

And of course;

More Cowbell.
Old 17th July 2007
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I know a trick question when I see one. Shakers don't play tambourines.
Old 17th July 2007
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I try to find the lowest fundamental of the tambourine, the precussive whack... and I may boost or cut that depending on what is needed, and anything below that I'll roll-off or shelf. I won't usually add any high end (agin, depending on the song) but this is one place whre Tape plug-ins kinda work well (regardless if it sounds like tape or not), I saturate it until it's not harsh but still sparkles in the background. Whatever verb I'm using for the drums or the vocal may get used.

Boost the low end was the biggest revelation for me.
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