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Saturation Tips For Your Mixes

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Saturation is an awesome tool for achieving warmth and punch in a mix. Sometimes a saturation plugin does what an EQ couldn’t do in a million years. I usually add a little saturation a lot. So I add very subtle saturation along my mixes elements and it all builds up and creates a lush sounding colorful feeling mix.

I always add generous saturation to my bass guitar if it is weal sounding in my mix. I throw on a nice saturation plugin, dial it up until the signal is destroyed, then play it along with the rest of the song and dial back the wet / dry knob until it fits nicely put retains power in the mix.

I sometimes put very light tape saturation on the master fader. This can be dangerous in some ways but it does spice up your mix and makes everything sound a lot more potent. To do this, I put a saturation plugin on the master fader, dial in the knobs until I hear really nice crispiness and warmth, but very subtle, then I dial the wet / dry knob to about 50% – 60%. This makes sure that warmth is still there but at the same time it makes sure it doesn’t overpower the mix.

How I Use Saturation On Drums
For drums, saturation is such an awesome tool. It can really depend on what kind of drum sound your going for rather than the sonic greatness of the mix. Sometimes I may compress the living sh*t out of my drum overheads and add loads of compression to get a nice old Beatles sounding drum vibe.

For snare sounds, I almost always use a good bit of saturation. It just makes the snare jump out and drive your whole mix forward. First I throw on a saturation plugin, (Camel Phat is a great free one that I always use on snares) then I dial in the knobs until I get a really low fi sounding sound, nearly like an electro tom sound. And I fiddle around until I get a lot of body on the snare too, then I dial back the mix knob until I have a great balance of the processed and original snare sound. It’s always great to do this whilst the snare is playing along with the rest of the track.

Using Multiple Types Of Saturation And Multiple Plugins
Although I am a firm believer that you can get a great mix with just stock plugins, It is great to own a few saturation plugins and I’ll tell you why.

Each plugin will have it’s very own sonic signature. So sometimes it is good to use multiple plugins in your mix so each element has its own unique sonic imprint that separates it from the rest of the mix.

Thankfully, a lot of DAWs these days may come with multiple stock saturation plugins for free. Also, some saturation plugins have different types of saturation algorithms you can choose, so make the most of that.

So in conclusion I hope this article has expanded your knowledge of using saturation in a mix. Always remember to use my tips as guidelines and to use your ears to get the sound you want to get in your mix.

Used Entertainment Centers

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Entertainment center refers to a self-contained unit that houses televisions, DVD players, radios and other electronic appliances. An entertainment center can be built like a wall unit and is generally placed in a living room, family room or a recreation room. Many people, who cannot afford an expensive, new entertainment center, choose to purchase a used one.

Entertainment centers have come along way and are no longer considered a luxury item. Many people view them as an important, utility-oriented piece of furniture. However, the prices of most new models are still very high and beyond the reach of budget-conscious buyers. Buyers do have the option of purchasing a used entertainment center. It is important to know the various kinds of entertainment centers available before buying a used one. Entertainment centers can be either traditional or modern in design. They are normally made of wood panels with drawers and compartments to house CDs, videotapes and other items.

When shopping for a used entertainment center, it is highly likely that buyers may find an armoire set up as an entertainment center. Armoires are usually passed down from one generation to another and have sentimental value attached to them as a family heirloom. These pieces typically cost a fortune. Many people look for a used entertainment center because of the cost factor. It is possible for them to buy a bigger and more functional entertainment center at a lower price. A homeowner can easily pick up a used entertainment center at a nominal price, and with a bit of polish and minor changes, it will look as good as new.

Anyone buying a used entertainment center has to inspect the piece before purchasing it. It is important to note whether defects can be easily fixed before proceeding with the deal.