Yes, it's that scary time of year. On Friday, October 28th, DJ Floridamusic will once again present the IMW Halloween Bash - a show dedicated to the scary, spooky, and supernatural. Remember, it's not too late to submit a new ghoulish tune, to be broadcast at the Halloween Bash! The more, the scarier!
Be it a scary song, a spooky story, or an eerie instrumental, we are always digging for new songs to add to our growing list of creepy creations. So, don't be fearful. Crawl down to your laboratory, and start mixing some terrifying tracks. When 'it's alive', send an mp3 to email@example.com. We will post it on the IMW Halloween Page, and DJ Floridamusic will play it at the Halloween Bash, on Friday, October 28th.
See you then... if you dare!
From time to time we will print installments of a new series 'Track Tactics'. It will highlight studio suggestions, submitted by our members - some tricks and tips that may help make your sessions more enjoyable, and improve the quality of the finished product.
Temporal Shifting - by Frank Northcutt
Here’s a little trick that many of you may already know. I use it quite often to increase the fullness of instrumental tracks. I particularly like the effect on guitar. It involves a temporal or time shift. Let me give you an example that you can try, if you haven’t done so before. Use your headphones for this one.
Strum some chords on a completely dry guitar – no reverb, delay, chorus, or any other effect – recording it to one monaural track. Make sure the track is panned to center, and give it a listen. Just as you would expect, it’s a pretty lifeless, one-dimensional guitar track, coming at you from the center of the field. Now, copy this track to a second track. Pan these two tracks equally to each side (say, 10:00 and 2:00), making sure the levels are equal. Once again, play it back. If you were expecting a more full sounding guitar, you may be disappointed. Assuming your ears are pretty much the same, your mind interprets the sound as something directly in front of you, and it sounds very much like that single mono track, in the middle of the field.
Now here’s the trick. Shift one of tracks to delay it by about 15 or 20ms, leaving everything else the same, and play it back again. The human brain cannot resolve that short of a time difference, so you can’t tell which track is sounding before the other. Instead you should hear a fuller, richer sound that fills the entire field.
That’s fine for a simple guitar based tune, but there is another way to use it in a more complex mix. First apply some of your favorite reverb to both tracks, but add 2 or 3 times as much to the delayed track as you do to the original. Now, drop the level of the delayed track; let’s say somewhere between 6 and 10 dB down. Play this back, and the track that wasn’t attenuated is pretty much all you hear.
Now, while it is playing, push the fader for the attenuated track all the way down. You may not have heard that track, but you will certainly notice when it is gone. Push the fader back up where it was and you will notice that it gives the guitar track just enough support so that it has a much fuller sound.
We hope this was a helpful tip that you can use in your next recording session. Do you have a favorite studio trick that you'd like to share? Send it along to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll print it in our next edition.
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