In this week’s episode of “Ask Joe,” we tackle a bunch of EQ and reverb questions, plus lots of other fun stuff.

If you’ve got a question, ask away here:

Topics covered:

  • EQ-ing reverb and delay
  • Getting a non-muddy reverb sound
  • Choosing a new interface
  • Using backing tracks live
  • Inter-sample peaks
  • Writing drum tracks
  • Creative de-esser uses
  • M/S mastering
  • Finding time to record

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  • yea, you have a nasal voice. even after eq, can still hear it. lol

    • Ha ha! ‘Twas a gift from my parents I guess. 🙂

  • Always good to roll off the low end of effects busses. You could also make them sparkle a bit with a bax curve :).

    • I usually do roll of the low end on reverb and delay busses. A lot of times I’ll roll off a little bit of high end too.

  • Jerry

     thanks for answering my question. Yea I don’t really here much of a difference with the ISP limiters thing so I just don’t worry about it. I agree with you on just focusing on the music.

  • Dan

    Regarding the question about inter-sample peaks, I have found -0.4db on the limiter is usually good enough. 

    A free VST plugin meter is available at  (Click the word “HERE” to start the download.)  I use this meter when mastering.  If the mix would clip in the analog world, a white bulb lights up next to the ANA label.

    • Thanks Dan!

    • One of the main things that helps with intersample issues is proper gain staging, always make sure you’ve got your gains/trims at a proper level. Also, sweet meter, thanks for that!

  • Hillel

    I am extremely excited to hear that you will be doing a tutorial at some point on writing drums in EZdrummer. The sooner the better! 

  • Hi Joe, I would like to thank you for these Podcasts and this website, though I don’t use Pro Tools or Mac, I find all your stuff very useful on the program I use called Mixcraft.
    thanks again!

    • Thanks Ashley! This stuff definitely translates to any system.

  • Michal

    Thanks a lot for answering my question, Joe! I really look forward to your show every week.
    Speaking of EZDrummer and drums programming, I can’t wait to see your video tutorial on it. Greetings!