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Audio Candy

Postby _ Six _ » Sat Dec 04, 2010 1:17 pm

What are the little tricks of almost inaudible sounds that just make your mixes come alive?
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Re: Audio Candy

Postby Bossman » Sat Dec 04, 2010 1:24 pm

for me its delays and ambience, but I'm always on the scout for new tricks, so I eagerly await more replies
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Re: Audio Candy

Postby Shreddie » Sat Dec 04, 2010 1:53 pm

Pads and random stuff (which can be almost anything) mixed in at a low level.
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Re: Audio Candy

Postby Zukan » Sat Dec 04, 2010 2:14 pm

ghost notes

eqing harmonics

and.................
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Re: Audio Candy

Postby * User requested deletion 2 * » Sat Dec 04, 2010 2:51 pm

Glockenspiel.

Hugely under rated, but it was good enough for Spector. And Stravinsky, come to think of it, so it's a no brainer for me.
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Re: Audio Candy

Postby Frisonic » Sat Dec 04, 2010 4:15 pm

Mongolian yak bells.

Only joking but I do trawl through the sample library in Login sometimes and wonder 'what on earth'? And just occasionally I find inspiration to add a little environmental ambiance, just tucked away somewhere in the back of the mix to glue phrases together (don't forget to use pitch shift).
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Re: Audio Candy

Postby hollowsun » Sat Dec 04, 2010 4:17 pm

More cowbell.
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Re: Audio Candy

Postby jellyjim » Mon Dec 06, 2010 10:26 pm

hollowsun wrote:More cowbell.

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Re: Audio Candy

Postby jellyjim » Mon Dec 06, 2010 10:27 pm

Banjo
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Re: Audio Candy

Postby turbodave » Mon Dec 06, 2010 10:54 pm

percussion and good use of BVs!
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Re: Audio Candy

Postby . . . Delete This User . . . » Tue Dec 07, 2010 12:05 am

hollowsun wrote:More cowbell.

no, , seriously, he's right...... more cowbell is ALWAYS the answer....
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Re: Audio Candy

Postby Darclinc » Tue Dec 07, 2010 7:38 am

Contrast.

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Re: Audio Candy

Postby StuartBallingall » Tue Dec 07, 2010 11:06 am

Bit crusher placed post reverb.

I've had most success with using a guitar amp sim with spring reverb engaged as the reverb unit.

adjust gain of amp sim to drive the bit crusher to required effect and then apply large amounts of EQ to the lot.

bury it in the mix.
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Re: Audio Candy

Postby BJG145 » Tue Dec 07, 2010 11:35 am

idris y draig wrote:
hollowsun wrote:More cowbell.


no, seriously, he's right...... more cowbell is ALWAYS the answer

I love cowbells. Our drummer used to play syncopated rhythms between a regular one and a pedal-driven one.

And shakers. And timp samples.
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Re: Audio Candy

Postby tomafd » Tue Dec 07, 2010 11:55 am

Shreddie wrote:Pads and random stuff (which can be almost anything) mixed in at a low level.

probably a purely psycho acoustic thing ... but I do like to have one track of just 'noise' or 'nothing', recorded for the length of the track in an empty room, no edits allowed. If the rest of the track doesn't feature at least one entire performance recorded straight through and left unedited, this- for some utterly bizarre reason I can't put my finger on- just makes it all sound better. I have no idea why, but I suspect the brain reacts better to 'real-time' information, somewhere in the mix, and if you present it with music which doesn't actually have true real-time info in there somewhere, across the whole time period of the tune, it gets bored, or confused, or just perceives something as 'wrong'.

The weirdest thing is that this won't work if you take an old recording of 'nothing' and stick it on your latest tune. It has to be recorded during the same period during which you're working on the tune. You know all those old, great, 'classic' recordings where most of the tune was played real-time, no edits, few overdubs ? They're chock full of 'atmosphere', 'feel', all these amorphous things which we think can be produced by slapping Vintage Warmer or something over the track - well, no, that isn't it. It's the atmosphere of where they were recorded, at the time they were recorded- and it's a very subtle thing. Try it - stick a mic up, and record some silence. It may not work for you, but it sure works for me.
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