Category: Production

Compression – Jargon Busting

Threshold -o-> Level at which the compressor starts to work. Example -16db is peak level = <= set level at -18db => everything above -18db will be compressed Ratio -o-> Amount of gain reduction to be applied to signal that exceeds threshold level – see above… Attack -o-> Measured usually in milliseconds or ms => […]

EQ – Jargon Busting – Graphic EQ

Graphic EQ – Basically as above picture shows the ‘graphic’ eq is a series of sliders. These sliders are preset values/frequencies – the curve is created by moving the sliders up and down. A cut would mean pulling a slider down and a boost would mean moving the slider up. Other Graphic EQ’s include these […]

EQ – Jargon Busting

Low Frequencies (Bass) Lowest end of the spectrum – frequency range usually between 20 and 150hz. High Pass Filter used on the low frequencies – removing all the frequency below it’s cutoff point, allowing those above it to ‘pass’ though. Low Shelf – when applied all frequencies below the cutoff are increased or decreased by […]

Loudness – War Huh!

So you’ve got your track mixed down but it’s just not loud enough compared to other songs on the market. NEED TO TURN IT UP!!! Well no, not really – see the above sentence? IF I WROTE EVERYTHING IN CAPITAL LETTERS IT WOULD BECOME TIRING TO THE EYES… Would it not – in some case […]

Production Tips Part 1

Vocals – From a production and performance viewpoint it can be good idea to split the vocal recording monto seperate tracks ie 1 track for verse and 1 track for chorus. This will help in controlling volume differences and will also help with allow you set different levels and fx. It can also help on […]