Chapter 1 : Setup
Michael gives an overview of the philosophy behind this tutorial.
Michael explains how the tutorial will progress and we begin the setup.
Chapter 2 : Reverbs
For our smallest ambience, we've got three allotted options.
For vocals and drums, the Waves Abbey Road Plates sounds excellent.
Explore two spring reverb options to give guitars a wonderful presence.
See another reverb with a colored tail to add dimension to our tracks.
Explore some non-linear options with this amazingly versatile Waves reverb.
For those massive out-of-world style reverbs, learn how the Blackhole from Eventide can be just what's needed.
Chapter 3 : Delays
Discover how these two timed basic delays can give a rhythmic backbone to the tracks.
Here, Michael uses a traditional effect in a very aggressive way.
See how a number of short delays can sometimes be a better option than a traditional reverb.
Our first colored, timed delay - the "do it all" EchoBoy.
Explore the famed ping-pong mode of the H-Delay - a favorite of many.
Based on the Lexicon Prime Time, this SoundToys recreation has a wonderfully warm sound unto itself.
Explore how this underrated Nomad Factory analog echo box simulator can sound great or alternatively, we could use T-Racks' Tape Echo.
See how our final timed delay option bridges the gap into our modulation effects. This latest Native Instruments delay has some unique post-delay modulation options.
Chapter 4 : Modulation
See how Exponential Audio's Excalibur is deployed but alternatively, we can use Valhalla DSP's UberMod.
Discover how this classic widening effect can be created from either the Eventide H3000, Waves Reel ADT, SoundToys Microshift or the Waves Doubler.
Michael attempts to recreate an old analog classic phasing effect with a Waves plugin or another version of Exclalibur as an alternative.
Chapter 5 : Routing
We explore the options opened up by create multi-fx chains.
Michael shows the thickness and presence we can attain by having a second, heavily compressed drum channel.
Similar to the drum path, here we send our vocal down a second, heavily effected path to bring our vocal forward.
Michael explains these subgroup channels where all our instrumental groups come together.
Michael breaks down first the routing logic and then the processing applied over the mix bus.
After seeing a few more mix bus options. discover how Master Faders can be headroom conditioners for our gain structure.
Chapter 6 : Using the Template
See Michael now demo the actual song we're using and then importing our template into.
With our template now imported, we need to make some organisational changes so everything goes where it's supposed to go.
Watch Michael begin to add various effects which leads into the need and deployment of VCA master faders.
Michael continues to explore effect options over some of the drums, guitars and keyboards.
We conclude with Michael exploring a few effect options over some of the drums, guitars and keyboards.
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