Yeah clipping is standard practice in mastering to control short transients and gain a couple of dbs.Great tips, CH. Thanks for sharing as always.
I've created somewhere north of 1000 beats(!) and here's some things I do:
One of the best limiters I use is actually Logic's "Bit Crusher" plugin. Turn off all the "downgrade" options until you're getting a clean signal. Next, match the "clip level" to wherever your signal is peaking. Now, drag the "clip level" lower and watch the magic happen. It's surprising how much peak signal you can remove without audio artefacts. More headroom is always better. I use this plugin to get the peaks of the kick and snare to match each other if I'm in a hurry.
If you have a kick and bass line occupying the same frequency band, yet both are hitting at the same time, Logic's "Sample Delay" often works. Use this to move the bass line later by a few ms to avoid the "peak" of the kick. I like to ramp up the effect too far until I can hear a clear gap between the two parts, then slowly wind it back the other way until the gap is no longer there. This trick works more effectively if you're using a kick with a fast decay.
Finally, a quick way to get more punch on your kick is via Logic's enveloper plugin. Ramp up the attack gain for more punch. The tradeoff here is more peak signal - but see tip one.
I'm sure there's more, but I've got another beat to mix..
You nailed it. Great job on that one Christian.A Pro Score Using 100% FREE SAMPLES???
Andrew Huang pimped his 3 x producers 3 x XXX format to involve some film composers and I made my score totally out of LABS and Pianobook samples.... did I get away with it?
and check out how the other composers did it here:
Great video @christianhenson. Hard to believer that there are now 500 libraries on Pianobook, such a massive achievement and the quality still blows me away!I've been hammering away at this for nearly 14 years now, trying to get the ULTIMATE intimate piano sound. By using my trusty Schimmel, celeste pedal down 2 X M19s a KU100 and a duvet (high tog) , have a nailed it and could it be the best piano sound I've made since my LABS Soft Piano?