Audio Fundamentals Tutorial

Effect Plug-Ins Explained®

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Chapter 1: EQ

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    Intro to Frequency (6:32)


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    EQ Overview (11:03)


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    EQ on Acoustic & Electronic Drums (14:30)


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    EQ on Guitar (16:05)


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    EQ on Bass Guitar (15:11)


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    EQ on Vocals (9:41)


Chapter 2: Compression

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    Intro to Dynamics (11:25)


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    Compression Overview (7:06)


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    Compression on Acoustic Drums (13:35)


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    Compression on Electronic Drums (10:48)


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    Compression on Guitar (12:27)


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    Compression on Bass (7:35)


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    Compression on Vocals (9:09)


Chapter 3: Reverb

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    Intro to Reverb (5:55)


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    Reverb Overview (11:57)


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    Using Reverb as a Send (5:32)


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    Reverb on Drums (9:08)


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    Reverb on Guitar & Bass (9:19)


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    Reverb on Vocals (8:17)


Chapter 4: Delay

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    Delay Overview (8:03)


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    Delay on Drums (13:33)


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    Delay on Guitar & Bass (14:25)


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    Delay on Vocals (7:28)


In this series of training videos you'll learn the essential basics to properly and effectively use EQ, compression, delay and reverb plug-ins in any recording program! We don't just recite the textbook meaning of each knob and button, you're going to see and hear each of these plug-in types used on acoustic and live drums, guitar, bass and vocals.

The tutorials are shown in Ableton Live using Sonnox plug-ins as well as Live's built-in effects, but the theories and techniques are timeless and work with any brand plug-in or device. Get a rock-solid foundation on the most important tools that pro's use to make their mixes come to life and shine.


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ronny22
Submitted 11 months ago

comprehensive effects

a very comprehensive and detailed explanation how effects work
a indispensable tool for music creators and hobbyists
i gave this site an all 5 star because,unlike *name removed*, you can easily download and categorize your videos, and no need to install a player
like the player from *name removed*, which is very cumbersome and difficult

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Sound Designer, FL Studio

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Marty C.
Submitted 1 year ago

Essential.

These tutorials give you an excellent oversight into plugins and how to understand them.

I am a: Student, Musician, Producer, Cubase

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kobi_dog
Submitted 1 year ago

One of the best if not the best?

great explanation of the 4 essentials of a mix. Watched a lot of tutorials and this is one of the best if not the best, a must for any beginner and great refresher for the learned. thanks.

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505Ian
Submitted 1 year ago

Compression On Bass

Clear explanation with good practical audio examples that demonstrate the relationships and interaction between the control functions of a compressor. Understandable language style helps clarify points. Cheers.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Logic Pro, Studio One


429 Chinook Dr.
Submitted 1 year ago

Very informative and well explained.

Instructor was knowledgable and easy to follow.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Logic Pro

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garethbee
Submitted 1 year ago

good so far

great

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Ableton Live, Studio One

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james c
Submitted 2 years ago

Very good tutorial, very good teacher

Really enjoyed this tutorial...teacher has a good style. Things were explained well.

I am a: Musician

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duke1418
Submitted 2 years ago

One of the best tutorials I've watched.

This tutorial gives an excellent overview of the effect and use of plugins. I enjoyed seeing how the plugins were used, what effects changes to the settings had on the sound, and the various examples. I'll probably watch it once more, to be sure I captured everything..

I am a: Semi-Pro, Audio Engineer, Musician

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JulianFlor
Submitted 2 years ago

Excellent!

Very detailed and well explained. Congratulations - I just learned a lot!

I am a: Producer, Musician, Hobbyist

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I have been living and breathing music, and music technology, for most of my life. I first got into music by learning guitar over 20 years ago, at around 11 years old, and after playing in bands throughout my school years. I studied Audio engineering at college, at first with analogue tape and MIDI gear using external synths and an early version of Cubase.

2. What training have you had?

After leaving school and earning a living playing in bands for a while I started working in live sound in the mid 1990s, working on a lot of live music events, large and small, while still writing and producing my own music, both solo and with various different bands.  By this time my music took more electronic focus, switching to Logic to sequence samplers, synths and drum machines, and record live instruments and vocals. 

3. When did you get into recording?

From 2000 I worked in a production studio in the UK, mainly using Logic, Cubase SX, Nuendo, Wavelab, Sound Forge and the Waves plug-ins for audio engineering, and Reason and Acid for music composition, until discovering Ableton Live in 2002.

4. People you have worked with/for?

When MIDI was added to Live in version 4, I focused much more on using Ableton Live with Native Instruments and Waves Plug-ins, getting to know them intimately. Over the last few years I have been an internal tester for Ableton’s upcoming versions and I am also an Ableton Certified Trainer.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I am good at training people because I have an intimate relationship and passion with the technology I use. I strive to develop a deep understanding of the tools I use and genuinely want to share that expereince with others

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Effect Plug-Ins Explained® is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 9 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Essential. These tutorials give you an excellent oversight into plugins and how to understand them.
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from One of the best if not the best? great explanation of the 4 essentials of a mix. Watched a lot of tutorials and this is one of the best if not the best, a must for any beginner and great refresher for the learned. thanks.
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Compression On Bass Clear explanation with good practical audio examples that demonstrate the relationships and interaction between the control functions of a compressor. Understandable language style helps clarify points. Cheers.
Date published: 2017-06-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very informative and well explained. Instructor was knowledgable and easy to follow.
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from good so far great
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very good tutorial, very good teacher Really enjoyed this tutorial...teacher has a good style. Things were explained well.
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from One of the best tutorials I've watched. This tutorial gives an excellent overview of the effect and use of plugins. I enjoyed seeing how the plugins were used, what effects changes to the settings had on the sound, and the various examples. I'll probably watch it once more, to be sure I captured everything..
Date published: 2016-09-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent! Very detailed and well explained. Congratulations - I just learned a lot!
Date published: 2016-08-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from comprehensive effects a very comprehensive and detailed explanation how effects work
a indispensable tool for music creators and hobbyists
i gave this site an all 5 star because,unlike *name removed*, you can easily download and categorize your videos, and no need to install a player
like the player from *name removed*, which is very cumbersome and difficult
Date published: 1969-12-31
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