glueOne of the members of the HSC Production Club posted a question in the members-only forum that I think is a GREAT question. What’s your glue instrument? Or to broaden it a bit – what’s the “glue” in your mix?

Part of last week’s content involved me recording a B3 (organ) part for one of my songs. I was talking about how much I love the organ. It really fills things out. A lot of times it’s the “glue” that holds the mix together.

Here’s an excerpt from the Production Club Week 4 content:

I…love to use a B3 in my recordings. It can easily be overdone, and I’ve been known to use it too much, but when it’s done well, it’s subtle, but it adds a lot to the song.

While I use the organ as my go-to “pad” sound, the same principle applies to most synth/keyboard parts. If you feel like something is missing from your song, experiment with various pads playing lightly in the background. It can be the glue that holds the song together.

There are songs that I’ve loved for years, and only recently have I noticed the organ/pad parts in them. It’s not that they weren’t audible. If you took them away, it would completely change the song, but they’re so subtle you sometimes “feel” them more than you “hear” them.

How about you?

What’s your “mix glue”? Perhaps it’s a guitar tone? Or maybe it’s a compressor? (That Waves SSL Bus Compressor is unbelievable on the mix bus…whew.) Or maybe you actually whip out a bottle of Elmer’s glue and start squeezing?

Let’s hear it. Leave a comment and enlighten us all.

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I’m closing the doors on Monday, December 14th, 2009 at 9 am CST. You’re gonna love it.

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