Reply To: Productions tips and techniques


Good idea !
The erosion is nice to add that fuzzy top end movement to bass.

I recently started building my own distortion chains. I use 3 or 4 distortion types which combine to give a certain flavour to the sound. I listen to each one individually to make sure they have their own tone/texture and complement each other. So something like, one for the mids grunginess, one for the mids ambiance/background and one for the tops works well for me. I use it on basses mostly, but it works on pretty much anything, leads, pads, ambiances etc…

Then I made a macro control to automate all the dry/wet controls of my distortion plugins at the same time. Assigned to my controller’s mod wheel, it’s a lot of fun to play with. Automating a high pass filter after that can give it some nice movement too.

For distortion, I personally like Trash 2/Camelphat/OTT I find they have a nice warmth and they don’t sound too digital. Apparently Saturn is good too, but I haven’t tried it yet. The Amp from ableton is often overlooked too, it has some really nice tones.

Nothing revolutionary here, but hopefully it gives you a combination of techniques that you can start from to build your own chains.

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