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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
June 7, 2013

SHADOW HILLS MASTERING COMPRESSOR

Compression used to be thought of as something only a computer geek or audio expert could understand – but today it is found in many songs, and even novice users can gain an understanding of what it does and why it’s important.  First time producers find themselves in a position where they have been able to create the song that has been jingling in their head – but when they play it, it seems flat and lifeless.  So they learn more about making instruments dynamic and humanistic.  They begin to apply techniques like doubling snares or adding layers over their bass notes.  But still, something is missing.  They are looking for a sound but cannot put their finger on it.

What they need is compression.  Compression is responsible for giving music a particular sound, maybe a gritty over toned attack that is on the verge of clipping.  Once they dig …

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UniqueSquared

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September 24, 2012

Side Chain The Gate In Ableton Live

Amateur and intermediate Ableton users have no shortage of questions on how to use their beloved software.  Fortunately for them, experienced producers are out there putting up tutorials and going over basics that are sometimes misunderstood.  AfroDJmac explores the uses of Ableton’s Gate Effects and how they can be used to clean up audio samples.

As he explains, the gate is usually set “closed” unless audio above a certain threshold is received – it then opens the gates.  The gate is also closed once the audio drops too far below another threshold.  Together, it provides a simple way to clean audio up over an entire sample.…