Overusing Effects Is Dangerous: Here’s How to NOT Do It

Have you ever been accused of overusing effects?

If your answer is no, then you probably haven’t done very much recording.

It’s a trap every beginning audio engineer falls into from time to time. Even experienced engineers can let it happen if they’re not careful!

So how can be you be sure not to do this? Like this:

Split the Difference

The most dangerous time to overuse an effect is when you get a new plug-in. You want to really hear the difference and crank out an incredible sounding mix because of this new addition to your digital toolbox.

So you apply too much EQ, compression, excitement, reverb – whatever it is, you’ve got too much of it!

The problem comes when you listen to your mix a week or two later. You notice how trashy and horrible is sounds – “why is there SO MUCH VERB??”

You’ve experienced this feeling before. Luckily, there’s a pretty easy way to avoid this from ever happening again.

Just split the difference.

Whenever you get a new plug-in, dial back how much you’re using it. If you boost the EQ at 450 Hz by 12 dB on your first pass, go back and only boost it by 6 dB. If you set your reverb mix at 80% wet, try 40%.

This will really help you to add just a little bit of the effect you’re going for instead of adding way too much.

In mastering, this is incredibly important. It’s easy to overuse effects unless you really know how to apply them. The results are usually pretty bad if you overuse in mastering, so be careful!

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