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A use for 8 bit dithering - eq sweeping
Old 15th March 2006
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A use for 8 bit dithering - eq sweeping

A simple idea that might be useful ...

Last night I was eq'ing a ring out of a snare track. I was using a parametric with a sharp peak to find the frequency, and then reverse the gain to notch it out. I could hear the note I was going for - I could even sing it. But because the drum sound was intermittent, I was having trouble hearing the pitch of the filter as I was sweeping. A bit like trying to tune a guitar to a piano, except the 'guitar' was chopping in and out.

I thought I could use some white noise, just so I could hear the eq filter. Then I remember that the Apogee dithering plugin makes audible white noise in 8 bit mode. (Using SX which has this plugin). Inserting it before the eq, it gives just enough hiss to allow you to hear the filter notch as you sweep.

I''ll use this trick more often now.
Old 15th March 2006
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Seriously-
This trick rules - well done!
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