[LAD] [Bulk] Re: [Bulk] Re: Digital Effects

Ralf Mardorf ralf.mardorf at rocketmail.com
Thu Sep 4 21:10:31 UTC 2014

On Thu, 2014-09-04 at 21:27 +0200, Lieven Moors wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 04, 2014 at 10:01:31AM +0200, Ralf Mardorf wrote:
> > On Thu, 2014-09-04 at 15:37 +0800, Brad Campbell wrote:
> > > One thing I told years ago by a gnarled old recording engineer was 
> > > always put plenty of reverb into the vocalists monitor. I took this 
> > > on-board and while I always record may parts as dry as is practical, I 
> > > always have plenty of FX in the monitor. I find it makes me sing better 
> > > and play better/cleaner.
> > 
> > Sometimes the psychologically effect does help, but in general this is a
> > mistake.
> > 
> > Drawing a picture large and making it smaller for the release usually is
> > better than drawing a picture small and enlarge it for the release.
> > 
> > > For my instrument parts reverb or echo multiplies the tiniest of 
> > > mistakes and therefore I concentrate a lot harder on not making them
> > 
> > That does only work, if you are within one scale, your music is based
> > much on clock of keys. If not, the result likely is terrible, reverb or
> > feedback delays could be disastrous.
> Oh Ralf... you are SO cool.

Pardon, you are right, a good musician is unable to play her/his
instrument without effects for the monitoring, especially when
interfering with long reverbs and delays, it's much easier to sing or
play an instrument. It's common practise to add reverb and delay to help
singers and instrumentalists to get aware of their mistakes and to help
them to do a better job. My notes are completely wrong and it's
absolutely good to add intensive time related effects to the monitoring.
It can't harm by delay to add some notes from the 1/4 bar before to the
next ones. My apologies. Now I remember all professional studios and
musicians do that smart trick, they add as much effects as possible to
the monitoring. Don't forget to add much distortion to the guitar, it
covers mistakes when playing scales and allows beginners to play much
faster. Later you simply do the mix without the distortion, delay,
reverb, the result likely is amazing.

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