The Holy Grail of Reverbs

For musicians the search for the perfect reverb plug-in is like the quest for the holy grail. As I started out composing with samples I first used algorithmic reverb, then was the arrival of convolution reverbs and I used the inexpensive, but very potent SIR engine with an impulse response from something called TC 3000.… Continue reading The Holy Grail of Reverbs

Easy Mixing Advice: Struggling with Legato

One reason many MIDI compositions don’t sound convincing is legato. If the notes, especially violin phrases, do not sound connected, even casual listeners will know immediately. This is especially the case with strings, but of course all instruments deserve convincing legato. I’m far from getting it 100% right, but I have discovered some aspects that… Continue reading Easy Mixing Advice: Struggling with Legato

Easy Mixing Advice: Combining Convolution and Algorithmic Reverb

I’ve yet to discover the best reverb settings myself, but I can share with you already something that proved for me personally to be a good starting point. First, you have to be aware that reverberation serves two purposes: Reverb 1: to (sonically) place instruments in a room and position them within this room, thus… Continue reading Easy Mixing Advice: Combining Convolution and Algorithmic Reverb

Easy Mixing Advice: First EQ then Reverb

It took me surprisingly long to realize that reverb not only puts early reflections and reverb tail onto your material, but actually alters the sound as a whole! You might have known that already, but I was thinking for a long time that a good reverb is supposed to leave the original sound as “untouched”… Continue reading Easy Mixing Advice: First EQ then Reverb