It's easy to have too much of a good thing, especially when that good thing is delay! Automating every single second of a delay send is tedious and unnecessary work, that’s why the recording gods gave us tools like compressors and expanders with sidechain inputs to do our work for us.
Ben Lindell shows you one of the best tricks for containing the spray of echos and fit your delay returns perfectly into the vocal gaps, no automation required. This technique helps you keep your mix from getting too washy, cloudy, busy or over-processed.
In this tutorial Ben works in Presonus Studio One but this technique applies to any DAW.
You’ll learn how to:
Achieve more clarity with your delays
Easily obtain a natural sounding balance between the delays and the dry vocal
Flip the trick around to an expander and gain dynamic control ove the delay tail
tunemxr •Tuesday, July 30, 2019
You are an excellent instructor! While I have a firm grasp on these side chain techniques, you have a way of explaining it that makes it new again. Haven't used the expander as a sidechain on delay in a long while, and it brought back some creative ideas I haven't utilized for a long time. Thanks for your clear examples Ben, I always enjoy your vidz!
QV •Sunday, February 3, 2019
Very helpful technique. Thanks. However, after watching a few of the free tuts on here, I don't think I'd ever buy a subscription because they all did the absolute most damaging thing you can possibly do in an audio tutorial: Stop the playback in the middle of comparing two settings and say "Now hear it with…" Pretty much makes an audio comparison worthless for training the ear or noticing subtle differences. Rookie move. Ideas are great, though.
alex22watts •Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Thanks, great example and explanation.
leonardoroa •Saturday, January 20, 2018
amazing little teqcnique. beautiful. thanks
prula •Friday, December 8, 2017
Thank you! Very intersting!!
LSDXERXES •Sunday, March 26, 2017
Thanks, man! It's an open mind tutorial! Can't wait to try them up!
G.MICHAELHALL •Thursday, March 23, 2017
Hey Ben, You really ought to be making more and more videos..this is another excellent example of your concise to the point approach to mentoring. Be well man,g
isaac acevedo •Friday, May 27, 2016
Excelente video, gracias por compartir esos conocimientos
G-Pizzy •Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Ben your a treasure...thanks!
firstname.lastname@example.org •Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Ben thanks for this nice tutorial...it is great
wrharrison •Sunday, March 20, 2016
Clear, concise and practical.
Excellent work, Ben.
nesto •Friday, December 25, 2015
1 of mine fav videos ..wish if could create playlist
KingJ91 •Sunday, October 18, 2015
Awesome. Love the effects. BTW which song is this?