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Simple Delay Tricks To Add Movement and Rhythm To Your Mix
Today I’m showing a few simple delay tricks that can help make your synths sound a little more exciting and make a mix bounce and move a little more! I’m demonstrating the two techniques I used in Miavono’s new single “Right Here”.
These delay tricks are designed to add or enhance the Rhythm of a sound. Often delays are used to add space and width.
Both of these techniques work with MIDI and Audio :)
In this case, two delay techniques are applied to the main synth.
The first is a 1/8th note delay (on fruity delay 3 that is 2/16 =1/8) which stresses the rhythm and bounce of the synth. It helps the listener move with the track and feel the timing more easily, as if a drummer is keeping time with a hi hat.
The second is a “spot delay” technique where you use automation to pick where the delay is active. This changes the feel of the transition dramatically and I felt it was what was needed in this case. Even if it’s not for a transition, automating delays is something I do often, usually when delays are cluttered on leads it can be good to delay on the last few notes but It really depends what the delay is trying to do in the track. Don’t be afraid of automation, it’s one of your best friends and it’s there to help you make awesome music :)
When adjusting the parameters, it’s good to do it in the context of a whole mix.
If you want to learn how to use automation in FL Studio, Check out my beginners automation video here :) https://youtu.be/_FhYmrp4Too
The pancake 2 plugin I showed in this video is free and you can get it here: http://www.cableguys.com/pancake.html
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In The Mix is all about simplifying the recording, production, mixing and mastering process and helping you unlock your creativity. No matter which DAW you use or what equipment you have, I’m determined to help you succeed. I try to share as much as I can about the industry and give an insight into the world of music production and the business behind it by showing you how to release and sell your music online.
Being an FL Studio Power User I also focus tutorials on getting the most out of FL Studio, My DAW of choice.
Micahel Wynne is a recording artist and mixing engineer with a passion for teaching (and instant ramen).
In 2015 I discovered my enthusiasm for music and audio; I learned how to record and produce songs in my university student room with a just cheap laptop and FL Studio. After several months of working in audio sessions between school assignments, I decided to leave uni with a 2-year engineering diploma to pursue a career in music. I wanted to learn everything I could about the industry and the artistic process, so I started making original music as half of the duo “Miavono”.
In late 2016 I began my journey on YouTube, sharing my knowledge and experiences with audio in the form of tutorials on “In The Mix”. I quickly grew a community of over 120,000 producers, artists, and audio professionals, a group of people whose passions aligned with mine. Last year I built my own home studio from the ground up in my back garden, set in the rural highlands of Scotland, and have since been supported by and involved with some of the greatest people in the industry.