Ask Joe #59 – Reverb vs Delay

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Questions covered this week:

  • How do you copyright your finished songs?
  • How do you use delay vs reverb on lead vocals?
  • Is it okay to use reverb on acoustic guitar?
  • Can I record tempo changes to a click?
  • How do I get the best out of a 2-mic band recording?

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The #1 Sign of an Amateur Mix (and how to avoid it)

Okay, so there are a lot of things that make a mix sound amateur.

But you should know there’s absolutely NOTHING wrong with you if you’re not getting amazing mixes.

If you could get great mixes on the first try, then it probably wouldn’t be that satisfying anyway, right?

However, one of my goals is to help you avoid common mistakes.

Mistakes are good.

They help you learn.

But if you pay attention, you can learn a lot from other people’s mistakes, and perhaps even avoid a few of them altogether.

So, what’s the #1 sign of an amateur mix in my opinion? (more…)

4 Ways to Create Depth WITHOUT Reverb

Depth marker postThis is a guest post by Björgvin Benediktsson of Audio Issues.

Reverb is the #1 way to make your mixes sound amateurish. I’ve done it, you’ve done it. Hell, even those master mixers went through a whole decade doing it.

Although reverb is really useful to create depth and space in a mix, it’s easy to go overboard. So how can you add depth and space to your instruments without piling on the reverb? (more…)

4 Quick Delay Tips

A while back, one of my VIP members was asking some questions about delay in the VIP members forum.

I ended up posting a few delay tips for him, and I thought I’d share ’em with you here on the blog.

Here are 4 quick delay tips…

Roll off the high end.

Delays (and even reverbs) normally sound better if they don’t have a lot of high end, especially the sibilance in the vocals.

I’ll normally roll off above 5k or maybe even lower. (more…)

New Training for VIP Members: Understanding Reverb & Delay

I’m doing a brand new training video next week. It’s called Understanding Reverb & Delay.

I’ll be doing it via live streaming session from my studio, where I’ll show you how I use reverb and delay in some of my most recent mixes. There are lots of little tricks that I’ve picked up over the years with regards to reverb and delay, and I’ll be sharing all of those with you next Tuesday night (October 25th) at 8pm Central Time.

Rather than selling it for $20-50 like I normally do, I’m creating it exclusively for my VIP members. That means if you’re already a VIP member, this training is free. If you’re not a VIP member, you can join here for just $5/month.

If you’re reading this after the 25th or if you simply can’t make it to the live event, the recording will be posted inside the members area, so you can watch it whenever you want.

As a VIP member, you’ll also have access to:

  • All the previous VIP training videos (which we do once a month)
  • Private, members-only forum – a fun community of folks just like you
  • Other exclusive goodies – discounts, exclusive offers, private training, etc.

Join now. You’ll love it.