Mix master Andy Bradfield shares some of his mix secrets with the Exponential Audio user community.
1. Stereo vs Mono DDL (Mono, Ping DDL, or chorus effected DDL)
The advantages of mono are sometimes overlooked, (a mono instance of the plug-in, instead of a stereo or mono to stereo) it means you can pan opposite or away from source for cool effect. For example 8's delay panned half right on a gate that is half left - you'll find It becomes more noticeable - so it's better if you want to feature the effect and widen the stereo of a part.
2. Send The Delay Return To Another FX (Reverb)
Sending the Delay return to reverb or other delay can be cool as well. Try patching through a flange or phase fx (Insert it over the RTN). Although this can all be done internally within Excalibur - the Swiss Army knife of delays!
Modulation is another often overlooked part of delay as well, you can bend the delay repeat in quite cool ways, try it and experiment, some of the best sounds come from just trying things out.
3. Pre-Delay for Reverb
Reverbs often benefit from pre-delay. The pre-delay helps get the reverb away from the source and create an even better sense of space for the vocal or instrument.
If the effect doesn't have it, put a delay with no repeat or filtering & 100% wet at about 45-60 ms in front of he reverb, or on the send if in an analog setup.
4. DeEss The Send - Very Useful For Delays
I hate "s" sounds being sent to delays, especially on long or special fx, but even straight repeats can benefit from this. I often roll off a bit of high end on the delay or the send too it can help but in some cases I actually do DS the send as well.
5. Small Reverb - Create size
Don't always assume you need a large reverb either - a 2 second hall or plate can be perfect for big orchestras but sometimes you need to give the room some love!
We have become used to close miking in recording as it gives us much more control, and ability to change things after recording. Also for some modern fx "dry" is quite a cool effect to keep stuff dry but sometimes you need a bit of space, in fact so small that you don't actually notice but it can do amazing things to make a mix coherent.