In this Free Expert Tutorial for Production Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey visits Dax Liniere at North London's Puzzle Factory Studio to talk about, how sometimes, an Equaliser, or EQ hardware unit or plug-in might not be the best way to shape the tone of your recording. You might want to try a Saturator or Saturation plug-in. Dax takes us through several examples of how saturation can be used in place of a conventional EQ plug-in to create an often better final result for our mix.
Dax starts by showing us how, using a recording made with the two Townsend Labs Sphere L22 microphones we can change both the mic and the mics polar pickup pattern to alter the sound-field and thus change the tone of the recording. He then applies a free plug-in called IVGI from Germany developer Klanghelm to add some top-end brightness.
The next example features a plug-in tape emulator called Satin from u-he. Analogue tape emulators take the edges of the material and leave it sounding silky smooth and when used carefully not mushy or lo-fi.
Finally, Dax uses Saturn from Fabfilter to add some mid range power and drive to the drum track.
Many people think of Saturation as a form of distortion, and of course, in many ways it is, but by carefully manipulating overtones and harmonics you can add character, life and drive to your recordings and never reach for an EQ.
If you want to find out more about Dax check out the Mix Direction website or check out our Podcast Extra Interview with Dax where he talks his introduction to music and recording, moving to the UK and his new Puzzle Factory Studios.