How To Create Dynamic Ambient Wind Sounds

Setting the sonic tone to a visual is not as easy as it may seem. And capturing something as ever-changing and unpredictable as the wind can be a long and frustrating process. You see, the sound doesn’t come from the wind itself, but rather what the wind blows up against or passes through. In the…

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How To Create Unique Wind Sounds

Anyone who has ever had to record wind sounds for any kind of video production knows just how difficult and time-consuming it can be. After all, wind itself has no sound. The sound we associate with wind is actually the sound of wind blowing against or passing through something. That friction is actually what causes…

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How To Create Room Tone

Creating great indoor room tones are more important than most people realize. If you use a heavy gate on a narrator or actor’s dialogue, it sounds unnatural. That’s why it’s so important to have a realistic room tone as a base sound during any visual production. It adds a sense of authenticity to a scene.…

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How to Create Motor Acceleration Sounds

Once upon a time, capturing great engine sounds was not only expensive and tedious, it was also very difficult. You’d have to scout for specific vehicles, spend time auditioning them to get the ones that best suit your production, and then hope to find ones wth the best exhaust systems, so that your recordings don’t…

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How To Create Realistic Engine Behaviours For Video

Traditionally, recording great engine sound effects was both time consuming and cost prohibitive. And if you were lucky enough to get great ones, free of environmental noises, you then had to be able to tailor them perfectly to fit your scene. Which was not always an easy task with the tools of yesterday. Thankfully, Le…

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The Number 1 Reverb Mistake Of New Mixers

Are you interested in learning how to use multiple reverbs in your songs, but don’t know where to start? Do you find that a reverb will work well with one part of your track, but will mess up the rest of it? This is seriously frustrating, and a big problem for new and intermediate mixers.…

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The 80’s Gated Snare Sound

There are some classic sounds that can be really difficult to recreate without specialist equipment. One of these is the 80’s gated snare sound. This was widely used by rock and soul bands of the period and is featured on some of the most iconic songs of that era. Normally though, this is a difficult…

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How To Perfectly Time Your Reverbs

How To Perfectly Time Your Reverbs

Do you ever find that your reverbs can start messing with the timing of your songs? If there’s too much decay or pre-delay, then it’s easy for one note to start to blending in with the next. This makes your song sound untidy and off-beat. It’s a frustrating problem to deal with, and one that…

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The ‘Abbey Road Reverb Trick’

The Abbey Road Reverb Trick

In this video our Professional Mixing Coach, Pete Dowsett explains the ‘Abbey Road Reverb Trick’. This trick was a staple of the legendary Abbey Road Recording Studio, famously home to the Beatles, but also one of the most successful recording studios of all time. The Abbey Road Studio has always been considered to have its…

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An Easy Way To Give Your Mix That ‘Big Studio’ Feel

An Easy Way To Give Your Mix That Big Studio Feel

It’s not just drums and vocals that can benefit from sounding like they’re being recorded in a larger room. Adding a sense of space can make every part of your song sound better, from the beat itself, to the lead guitars. It can really give the impression that you’re in the room with the performer.…

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