6 Creative FX to Spice Up Your Sounds
Certain elements in your track sounding boring? Experiment with these 6 effects to spice up your sounds.
Creative Auto Filters with HAEN
Sachin Menon, who goes by his artist name HAEN, is a rising star in the Indian electronic music scene. He is also one half of electronic duo - Feeling Sunsets with Yash (artist name - Scarr..), who together also run Soule Studios in Pune, a production house and a mixing and mastering studio.
Within a year of inception of both projects, Sachin has released a plethora of music independently and on some of the top labels in the world as both Haen & Feelings Sunsets. His and Scarr’s debut EP Moved was released on Silk Music (now known as Monstercat Silk), followed by releases on Songspire Records, Traum Schallplatten, Elliptical Sun & Mango Alley Recordings under his HAEN moniker, and a whole lot more signed & scheduled for release later this year. Having a good ear for emotive music, production skills he’s polished over the years and having no boundary for genres is what makes him a very talented, very versatile artist and one to definitely keep an eye (and ear) out for here.
We had a word with him about his production techniques and his favourite tools to use on Ableton Live. Here’s what he’s got to share with you..
HAEN’s go-to plug-in is Ableton Live’s Auto Filter, which he uses in his own unique way to create grooves, rhythmic melodies, chords and pretty much anything else under the sun. “I happened to stumble upon this trick on my own while I was experimenting with Ableton and now I use this on pretty much anything to get interesting ideas. You can try this with anything - midi & audio. The LFO feature is super useful, plus amps, reverbs or delays post the auto-filter helps me build unique sounds. It all starts with the auto filter though..”
In this exercise he’s shared with us how he uses the auto filter creatively to come up with different ideas for his tracks. Let’s have a look.
Here’s how you can get creative with bassline grooves using both midi clips and audio samples.
Voila! You now have a crazy sub/bass groove going on from a simple single note bassline.
You can do the exact same process with an audio sample too. Play around with the parameters till you get something that you like.
3 Ways to use a compressor
When using a compressor, you need to have a purpose and reason. Putting a compressor onto your chain without a clue is a quick way to destroy your mix.
Here's 3 ways to use a compressor and the settings you can use to get started in the right direction.
Drop a comment and let us know if there are other ways you use a compressor.
4 Things To Focus On For A Better Mix
Volume is the most powerful tool you have when mixing down tracks.
Achieving that perfect balance in volume between all your elements is where you need to start first before you reach out to do any other processing.
Master these 4 tips and see your mixes improve right away!
Drop a comment let us know what you think after trying these out.
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