August 3, 2004

Apple’s Audio Unit Effects  [ Edit ] 

I’ve been spending a lot more time lately playing drums than recording, although I have been working on a bit of drum programming for Antje. Her next EP is in the works right now, and we recorded bass and drums for it in a studio a few months ago. There’s one track she has recorded previously, and wanted new drums. Rather than record the whole thing over again, I volunteered to program some natural sounding drums for it, which I’ve been working on lately.

I wasn’t sure whether to present a stereo drum track dry (without any effects applied), a separate track for each component (snare, bass, hi-hat, other cymbals, toms), or what. I’ve ended up punting the question, and I’ll be giving her all of the above, which she’ll mix herself in Pro Tools.

When it came time to try to sweeten the drum sounds up a little bit, make them sound more at home in the pre-recorded track, I found myself at a bit of a loss. I still know next to nothing about operating the plugins I have. This includes the set of twelve that Apple provides free with Mac OS X: two compressors, two EQ plugins, several band pass filters, a limiter, delay, and reverb. They are supposed to sound good when you know how to use them. However, Apple provides no documentation for them.

I thought I would try to learn them, and write some articles about each one.

I may still do that, but a bit of Googling referred me to this article on MacJams which talks about how many of them work in the context of Garageband, Apple’s recording application that comes with iLife ‘04. It’s not comprehensive, so I think there’s still a need for more writing on the subject, but it’s a good start.

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