So you’ve rendered your final master and you think you’re all done? well wrong buddio, you can’t quite relax yet. If you want to pull your finger out then can can go well beyond the call of duty here and step in to the 11th dimension of awesomeness by loading up your master and start experimenting with some incredibly creative micro edits, automation and effects, right on your master strip. I love this so much as you can tap into some subtle and powerful sounding processing which you simply can’t do in the same way straight in the project.
- Subtle fx processing on moments: quick reverb splash, delay, filter etc..
- Volume automation to further develop overall dynmamic landscape. Bring volume down during break down or verse, so that impact is even stronger when main section lands.
- reverse a small section just before a big arrangement change, maybe 1 beat or half a bar.
- Processing a small section with effect, flanger/reverb etc..
- Timing: add an extra quarter section before a chorus just to add some organic timing to the arrangement
- Edit a moment of pure silence just before the transition into next section. The silence that is introduced this way is completely dry without any tails of sounds (reverbs or delays) as you would normally get if you just muted sounded in your DAW. This trick really gets the listeners attention and can be an interesting effect. You can help build focus to themoment by introducing some effect build leading to the moment (reverse reverb/reverse cymball/noise etc..)
- Experiment with re-arranging your song by editing and cutting up your master strip. I find the clean transitions you acheive by doing this can sound fantastic, and also you might come up with some novel arrangement moments you didn’t think of before.