When I first started to learn music production (more specifically sound design) every small thing that worked nicely, every little trick,every little happy accident I made I would keep close to me.
I would hold my cards against my chest. I would be scared of other people finding out and then using it to create their own sound and music. And be paranoid of being outdone and outshone. (This is especially funny as I haven’t even released anything fml)
But you know what.
The tricks of the trade we learn. I feel we should share. It’s about growing and using the knowledge and ‘secrets’ we learn and apply them into creating something spectacular that others can be truly immersed in.
For me personally, I want to grow and expand the things I know about sound and design. Imagine a place where the tricks we learn, techniques we learn and the methods we learn are all collated and spoke about, where we could debate and learn.
I’m sick of people on youtube begging for likes and subscribers (don’t get me wrong they do it for a reason) before they’ve even told us anything about the thing they said they would. Where things are just chewed up and regurgitated, spoke about and accepted as the way things should be done.
There’s some top tier absolutely amazing videos out there that can educate us all about any given topic. But when I’m in a bedroom studio with my mate, we’re sat their, and we’re constantly firing back and forth about how something should be done and why it should be done in a certain way. We both come away from those sessions and feel like we have learnt something and taught something.
It feels good man.
So yeah, production techniques…Fire Awayyyyyyy!!!
I’m not that advanced, so you might already know this but I’ve got to start the thread off!
This is a good example, those choppy chord things starting at 1:08 have convolution on them. A really short impulse from god knows what. But that’s the thing with convolution, you can take any sound you like and add a reverb impulse to it to give it a completely different feeling. It’s like mixing two sounds together and the results can really be magical.
You can take the sound of a glass shattering and use it as an impulse for a snare. So you can basically blend the reverberation of the glass shattering and the sound of the glass itself into the snare.
It’s really really nice with drums. Adding different impulses to different sounds within the drums can have a crazy effect. You can make normal standard hats sound like a sword being sheathed or a knife being sharpened.
Even adding a bog standard reverb onto a sound that’s been mixed with short af convolution impulse can have a really nice effect. Put some distortion on the convoluted sound, add some frequency shifters, filters, anything. Happy accidents happen a lot with convolution!
100% worth checking it out if you haven’t heard of it already. Sorry if this is a waste of time btw it just felt like a good idea at the time :,)