I remember a moment when i thought i witnessed an EQ phenomenon. I was about 17 years old. I used to play drums in a reasonably successful band at the time. Our producer was in the studio with us and was directing the recording engineer. At one point he said “sounds ok, but i think it has a touch too much 1Khz”. My ears pricked up, and i thought, you are kidding me right. People can’t just hear a frequency and know exactly what it is. Or can they....
New episode of Ask Bass Kleph. This one was about Master EQ, Master bus settings, and a little on compression and limiting.
A while back I did a colab with my long time friend Tommy Trash (under my alias TAISUN). It was a fun experience writing it. Tommy and I had been meaning to do a colab for years. Way back since we used to live together in Australia. We had remixed each other, but never a colab. So, we finally put some time in in the studio. It is always extra fun writing when it is with one of your best mates. I can’t recommend it enough. There were plenty of good times, laughs, and whiskeys. However, there was also lots of hard work, and even some learning. Some of the main things that I picked up from working with Tommy were….
Layering is pretty much the opposite of my last blog post on Separation. In this case, you are trying to combine sounds and make them fell like they all come from the one instrument (most of the time). However, just like separation, you also don’t want the sounds to fight with each other. I generally use a combination of Instruments, Transposing, EQ, Overdrive, Compression, Stereo processing and space. Here’s how.
How do you get all your sounds to be clearly separated and defined in your mix? Good separation can give your mix clarity, punch, depth, and also power. Here's some tips.
Something special arrived in the post today! Here's a quick first test of the Maschine Jam by Native Instruments. I'll have more details on this after i've spent some more time working with it. Ask me any questions in the comments!
If you are on my email list, you may have noticed me mentioning there was a new Bass Kleph track coming out soon! :) The song is called Damn Fucking Right and I’m excited to say that it will be released on Hysteria Records! Home of the Bingo Players. Not only that, but I designed the entire song from the ground up to be playable on Maschine with pad drumming. So, like my other Maschine Kits on my site, there will soon be a new one, along with a instructional video, and a sample pack.
Big news today! Native Instruments launched a new Maschine unit called JAM. Does this mean we should ditch our old ones? Turns out, maybe not. The new Maschine resembles something like the Ableton Push, but designed for the Maschine software. It’s 8x8 grid appears to give you a tactile hardware version of Step Sequencing, Mixer, Keyboard/Chord performance, and Scene/Pattern switching.