Gain Staging For Amp Sims

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Amp sims, like their real world counterparts, are non-linear processes. As you increase the input level, they saturate and distort more. As you decrease the input signal, they clean up more. It’s important to remember this characteristic, as you can drastically change the response of the amp sim by adjusting the input level. Let’s start with some numbers. My interface … Read More

Why you shouldn’t sleep on Nomad Factory

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[I realize this entire post reads like a giant advertisement, but I assure you that it’s my honest opinion about a product line that I am personally passionate about. Nomad Factory have never given me a plugin to review, I have no NFR’s from them, and every plugin of theirs I own I paid for. I recommend you consider doing … Read More

5 Questions With Andrew Scheps!

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This month, The Noise Floor asks 5 Questions to industry icon Andrew Scheps. Andrew is a mix engineer, recording engineer, producer, and record label owner based in the UK. He received Grammy Awards for “Best Rock Album” for his work on Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Stadium Arcadium, “Album Of The Year” for Adele’s 21, and also “Best Reggae Album” for … Read More

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This blog is undergoing a massive overhaul. Be patient, as there may be untested links. We’re working through every page, line by line, to make sure this blog represents the best information possible.

How To Lift Reverb Tails With Bass Rider!

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In this video, I demonstrate a cool trick for lifting up the reverb tails of a snare drum reverb plate using Bass Rider! This trick can help the reverb tail cut through the mix. The song in this video is “Dead Enemies” by “Dark Ride”, and the multi-tracks are available for free on the Cambridge “Mixing Secrets” Free Multi-track Download … Read More

How To Clip Drums In Parallel With KClip!

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In this video, I demonstrate a parallel chain for using clippers on drums that retains the transient of the drum shells while bringing in the perceived impact that makes clippers a desired effect on drums. The song in this video is “Dead Enemies” by “Dark Ride”, and the multitracks are available for free on the Cambridge “Mixing Secrets” Free Multi-track … Read More

Multiband Metal Bass: Creating Custom Multiband Chains

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In this video, I demonstrate how to create a custom multiband chain using a 3 band crossover. In this specific example, I’ll be splitting a bass into 3 bands, and processing each of those bands with a combination of Bass Rider, saturation, eq, and dynamic ducking around the drums. The song in this video is “Dead Enemies” by “Dark Ride”, … Read More