Mixing Synths with Transify and Pixelator from Joey Sturgis Tones

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Mixing Synths with Transify and Pixelator from Joey Sturgis Tones


Mixing Synths with Transify and Pixelator from Joey Sturgis Tones

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http://theproaudiofiles.com // http://mixthru.co // A video on using Transify and Pixelator from Joey Sturgis Tones to manipulate synths.

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About the Transify and Pixelator plugins:

Transify is an affordable tool for manipulating the dynamics in your mix and allows for total creative control over the transients in your production. Transify will soon be your most useful mixing tool, allowing you to transform your dynamic sounds to a whole new level. Create tighter low-end or raise the crack of your snare even in a dense mix with just a few knob tweaks.

Pixelator is an audio resolution manipulator for sound design and destruction. This plugin was created with producers, sound designers, and musicians in mind and allows you to create low resolution audio and bit crushed sound through a variety of modes each with different sonic characteristics.

Transcript Excerpt:

I want to showcase a couple of plugins. They are designed by a guy named Joey Sturgis. He’s an awesome engineer, and also has a really brilliant mind for plug-in design.

This is really cool, because Joey is kind of known as being a metal and rock guy, and his skill set is very diversified. He can do way more outside of that, but he’s sort of been shifted into that category, and he’s coming from that world.

I’m known as sort of a Pop and Rap and Club music kind of guy. And again, I love a much wider range of music than that, but most of my clients are coming from that world, and it’s a world I’m very immersed in.

It’s really cool to be taking plugins from a guy who’s sort of seated from the world of Rock, and putting them in the context of Pop music and Urban music and stuff like that.

Anyway, that was a little aside, but here’s what I’ve got. I’ve got this lead synth, and when you hear it, you’re going to probably have the same reaction, which is that it basically sounds the way it needs to sound, except it could drive a little more, and it could probably have some more character.


I wanted to punch a little bit – I want it to step out of the speakers a little bit, but I don’t want it to start covering things up. I don’t want it to feel like it’s disconnecting from the music.

Now I’m going to turn on Transify, and check it out.


Cool, right? It sounds like it’s stepping forward, and it’s now over and more present in the mix, and it’s driving harder, and yet, at the same time, it actually feels like it’s blending into the mix better.

It’s coming forward, and seating itself back simultaneously, and that’s something that I feel is really unique, and something I could really only get using this plugin, and the reason being is that it’s a transient designer that’s split into multi bands. The bands sound excellent, so that’s a big help too, but I’m going to play it in solo and you’ll hear more clearly what’s happening and why it’s working.


What I’m doing is I’m boosting the attack on the lower-mids, which is where that percussiveness to this synth is living. This is going to make your speakers pop a little bit, but I’ll turn it up for a second.

[synth with Transify]

I’m bringing that tone out, and at the same time, I’m pulling back the upper-mid and treble tones. Like, I’ve got the attack on the top of the treble all the way down, and I’ll turn it up so you can hear where it started.

[synth with Transify]

It rolls off the high end in the attack only, but the sustain, I’ve actually boosted a little bit of high end, so I’m not losing high end content, I’m just smoothing out that bite right on the leading edge of the tone, which allows the sound to feel a little bit smoother and sit inside the mix a little bit better.

So one more time, inside the mix. Before and after.

This is an effect that I probably won’t use for the actual mix, but it’s something I’m really tempted to use for the actual mix, because we’re in this sort of era of the “dirty digital” sound, where we’re hearing a lot of things like formant shifting, vocoders, bit-reduction, sample rate reduction, FFT type of processing… Things that sound really, clearly digitally modified and manipulated.

I love that. To stay with that trend, and to stay current, I’m really tempted to use this Pixelator plugin, which is a bit-depth reducer, and also a sample divider, which I assume is just a sample rate reduction, and it’s got various ways of doing that.

But anyway, enough of that. I’m just going to play it and then explain it.

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