Category Archives: Mixing Technique

Swirly Reverb Effect

Want to create an alternative swirly Reverb effect at the end of of melody to kill it off into a break. Follow these steps:

  • Place a long reverb (> 20 sec) on a Send / Return track
  • Put an EQ after the reverb
  • Automate the EQ to cut off low frequencies more and more
  • When melody finishes playing, start the automation that kills the low frequencies of the reverb more and more…

Voila, a nice swirl effect.

Have a Muted 4/4 Kick As Sidechain – Always

Reverb Tip: Not Obvious but Bigger + Calculation of Pre-Delay

What we try to do with Reverb is to not make the reverb obvious. We try to make instruments bigger with decay and pre-delay settings and not make it obvious.  It is also important to have this pre-delay set to the right tempo of the track.

Timing the Reverb to the track

  • 7,500 / BPM = pre-delay time in miliseconds
    • Divide by 2 for shorter times
    • Multiply by 2 for longer times

Tip: A setting of 20 ms for the pre-delay makes the reverb better on almost any track sound.


Three Delays to Always have Ready

Make sure the following three delays are in easy reach when you are composing, mixing in your DAW. It lays some polishing over your sound in the mix without actually hearing the delay.

In Ableton Live, I put the below delays set-up in my default template as Return Tracks (each track can send an amount of its sound to these tracks to add the delay effect).

  1. Haas Delay: delay of 35 ms
  2. Short Delay: 16th dotted note Delay
  3. Long Delay: 8th Note Delay