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Simple ways to get your sound to shine and stand out...here are some tips I wanna share with you..
What you wanna focus first is how you want your project to sound. I always have images of the sound before creating it,sometimes it comes out just right or at least close to how I imagine it..
It's important to be very focused and relaxed before starting or continuing your projects.
A clear mind always attracts clear sounds right?;)
Second..I wanna mention some cool facts about Caustic.
Some of us think that we only have 2 fx slots and don't realize that in the main mixer you have about 2+3more(high,mid,lows) or even the use of the modular...
If you're trying to add a high/low pass filter to a sound,try a different idea like using the mixer's (high,mid,low) and you'll save that fx slot. The mixer's reverb and delay work differently that the fx but you can still get a good reverb/delay effect when using it correctly.
Here is a simple patter I created especially for this topic.
*Starting off with a kick-snare beat..as you can see(.caustic file)I added a bit of highs,turned down the mids and lows..by adding more highs and lowered the mid-lows to the kick-clap,I gained a kick with more click and less harshness.
*Second..I added the arp/melody,a simple dubbing melody with a low pass/cutoff filter(sawsynth)..cut the lows and some mids,turned up the highs just a bit(in mixer).
I really didn't need any lows at all for the plucky melody..also I gave 100% of stereo width and just about 10% of reverb.
*I need a type of pad/chords and added the Rhodes patter from pcm..similar eqing as the arp but added a stereo chorus..added about 25% of delay to make it ping-pong just a bit.
*808comes next..I choose a one hit 808 from my library,always try to fit the kick with your bass.
I cut highs(100%) and gave just a bit of mids..808s always seem to stand out better with higher mid range.
*Hihats..again no lows at all for hihats,lowered the mids and gave a bit of highs..
*chants and sfx came next...a couple of vox chants that go with the beat pattern. Lowered the lows and gave a but of highs and a very dry/fast reverb fx to widen the sound.
*Organ..with the same patter as the Rhodes,with a big room reverb and a bit of sidechain compression...I cut same amount of high-mid-low and automated the pan(mixer).
That's basically it...automation point came after starting in song mode..
Filter cutoff for the ARP and Rhodes.
Automation is very important and very useful!
Also if you look at the file,I tend to use compressors a lot! A compressor is the glue and allows you to seal the sounds when using correctly;)
**Forgot to mention...when using the right eq on mixer-fx there actually not a lot to add in the mastering section.
For this song I've only added full stereo delay,3 steps loop(left center right)..
A bit more lows(around 1k freq),lower mid and just a bit more highs.
Limiter with a 85% per,25%post,short attack,long release. Added a parameter eq with a bit of gain and full width.
This is just a quick sketch of how I start a song almost from start to finish..
More to come...;)