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Making things sound less thin

Post by ~Lander~ » Fri Jan 30, 2015 9:33 am

Hey guys :lurve:

I wondered what you all did for making things sound a bit phatter, I specifically mean things like perc and what have you. I generally add a small amount of distortion onto them but am keen to see if there is another way :)
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Re: Making things sound less thin

Post by TT_ » Fri Jan 30, 2015 10:57 am

depends whether they're mostly hi freq or not - anything shakerish etc needs some saturation - you will be needing the soundtoys decapitator

if things are a bit weedy / thin dont be shy to put a lo shelf boost on them, something like this:

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aggressive eq is ok in electronic music - if you have to boost 10db lo shelf up to 1500hz or more then so be it

if they're sounding a bit short you can put a very short plate reverb on in space designer
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Re: Making things sound less thin

Post by ~Lander~ » Fri Jan 30, 2015 11:10 am

Boom :) Thanks Tam :D

Will have a play around a bit later on :woo:
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Re: Making things sound less thin

Post by Doomo » Fri Jan 30, 2015 11:20 am

What do you think about Fabfilter Saturn Tam?
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Re: Making things sound less thin

Post by TT_ » Fri Jan 30, 2015 11:26 am

Its also true that very often an aggressive hi freq boost is needed

things need to be BRIGHT

you will be needing a fancy eq that does hi freq boost properly

i use either abbey road R127 or MAAG4 eq for this

logic hi shelf boost tends to sound a bit harsh

if you dont have these plugs you can do subtractive eq in the logic eq and it's almost as good

so you do a low shelf but cut a lot instead of boost then use the master gain in the eq to bring it back up to volume

this is easier to explain with pictures

here's a hi shelf boost in logic that will add brightness but sound a bit harsh

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heres a subtractive patch that will add brightness but not sound so harsh

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Re: Making things sound less thin

Post by TT_ » Fri Jan 30, 2015 11:29 am

Doomo wrote:What do you think about Fabfilter Saturn Tam?
is very good but i use decapitator more

i really like Brainworx saturator for its ability to do multiband saturation and mid/side saturation too

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Re: Making things sound less thin

Post by Doomo » Fri Jan 30, 2015 12:01 pm

The thing that puts me off decapitator is the annoying Ilok usb key. I only have 3 ports available on my DAW lappy and they are already being used (mouse, cubase dongle, soundcard) :violin:
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Re: Making things sound less thin

Post by Erratech » Fri Jan 30, 2015 1:30 pm

I rate the SDRR, ridiculously affordable but you can get some great tones. Decapitator is a thing of beauty tho, but priced like a work of art.
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Re: Making things sound less thin

Post by TT_ » Fri Jan 30, 2015 2:33 pm

Doomo wrote:The thing that puts me off decapitator is the annoying Ilok usb key. I only have 3 ports available on my DAW lappy and they are already being used (mouse, cubase dongle, soundcard) :violin:
you can remove the ilok after its opened
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Re: Making things sound less thin

Post by ~Lander~ » Fri Jan 30, 2015 2:51 pm

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Re: Making things sound less thin

Post by Doomo » Fri Jan 30, 2015 4:04 pm

tamprecision_ wrote:
Doomo wrote:The thing that puts me off decapitator is the annoying Ilok usb key. I only have 3 ports available on my DAW lappy and they are already being used (mouse, cubase dongle, soundcard) :violin:
you can remove the ilok after its opened
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