Mix and Master Yourself – Quick Mix Guide (Part 6)

One you got your levels ready with the faders, instruments panned to their locations, filters applied, dynamic processors inserted, and tone shaped with the EQ… you can move onto the next step of adding reverb and delays.

Both reverb and delays are time-based processors that create echo-like effects of the signal. By creating and delaying the reflections of a sound, you can make it appear further back.

Think about it like this: imagine a person speaking to you up close versus very far away. They sound different because of how long it take for the initial sound the reach the ears as well as the following reflections from the space around it. Reverb and delays create artificial reflections to trick the mind that a sound source is father away than what it seems.

The purpose of using these time-based processors is to give some distance between the instruments. Just like panning was done to spread apart the different sounds, so can reverb and delay.

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Author: Bryan M. Waring

Bryan Waring is a graduate of USM's School of Music with a B.M. in Performance – Composition and is now attending Belmont University for a M.M. in Commercial Media – Composition & Arranging. During his time at USM, he studied violin with Dino Liva and composition with Dr. Daniel Sonenberg, as well as has premiered several pieces during the semiannual Composer's Ensemble concert series. In 2017, Bryan was a writer for the original musical theater work of "Molded By The Flow," directed by Paul Dresher and Rinde Eckert. Outside of school, Bryan has been involved with writing music for videogame developers at Portland's CI2 Lab, collaborating with the King Tide Party, and studying with Larry Groupé (Straw Dogs) in San Diego. Now living in Nashville. Along with composing, Bryan teaches music to children, receiving the Master Teacher Award for his work at ESF Camps; and does audio engineering for live ensembles. Besides talents in music, Bryan is a team-player in any competitive work environment; equipped with skills in leadership, organization, mathematics, creativity, communication, and managing. On the side, Bryan has worked as a model for several skilled artists in the New England area. Among his other accomplishments include obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout in April 2013 with a project of building a side parking area with guide rails for Webb Mountain Park in Monroe, CT.

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