Free Linear Phase EQ Plugins
We found these super handy line phase EQ plugins. These are simple to use, flexible and accurate with the results.
Let us know in the comments below what you think.
Keeping It Simple with Scarr.
Scarr. is the brainchild of Yash Salvi. Pune based electronic music producer and one half of Feeling Sunsets, with friend & partner Sachin Menon (aka HAEN). Together they both also co-founded Soule Studios - a production house & mastering agency.
Yash was doing his undergrad in Media & Communications when he realised music was his way and dropped out to pursue a career in music. Drawing inspiration from artists such as Ford, Kina, Kasbo, Eden, Tourist and the likes, Yash’s music can be described as easy going, emotive-ambient electronica.
2020 was a milestone year for Yash, with a slew of independent releases as 'Scarr.' and his & Sachin’s debut EP - Moved as Feeling Sunsets got picked up by Silk Music (now known as Monstercat Silk), receiving high praise from listeners the world over.
Currently, Yash is working on an EP and live set for his solo project, a second album for Feeling Sunsets and a second EP on Monstercat Silk, that just released a day ago. We caught up with him in the middle of all this to get an insight on his production workflow and process.
“My production process is very simple. It’s all about using the right sounds & samples to make everything fit than over-processing any of it later on. I’m always on the lookout for sounds that I like and then experiment using them..”
He shows us one of the tricks that he does on most of his tracks using the stock Ableton reverb and its freeze function to create big sustaining atmospheres that fill up space and sets the ambience to his tracks.
Here’s how you can do the same:
You can do the following technique with any audio sample. Check it out -
Creative Auto Filters with HAEN
Sachin Menon, who goes by his artist name HAEN, is a rising star in the Indian electronic music scene. He is also one half of electronic duo - Feeling Sunsets with Yash (artist name - Scarr..), who together also run Soule Studios in Pune, a production house and a mixing and mastering studio.
Within a year of inception of both projects, Sachin has released a plethora of music independently and on some of the top labels in the world as both Haen & Feelings Sunsets. His and Scarr’s debut EP Moved was released on Silk Music (now known as Monstercat Silk), followed by releases on Songspire Records, Traum Schallplatten, Elliptical Sun & Mango Alley Recordings under his HAEN moniker, and a whole lot more signed & scheduled for release later this year. Having a good ear for emotive music, production skills he’s polished over the years and having no boundary for genres is what makes him a very talented, very versatile artist and one to definitely keep an eye (and ear) out for here.
We had a word with him about his production techniques and his favourite tools to use on Ableton Live. Here’s what he’s got to share with you..
HAEN’s go-to plug-in is Ableton Live’s Auto Filter, which he uses in his own unique way to create grooves, rhythmic melodies, chords and pretty much anything else under the sun. “I happened to stumble upon this trick on my own while I was experimenting with Ableton and now I use this on pretty much anything to get interesting ideas. You can try this with anything - midi & audio. The LFO feature is super useful, plus amps, reverbs or delays post the auto-filter helps me build unique sounds. It all starts with the auto filter though..”
In this exercise he’s shared with us how he uses the auto filter creatively to come up with different ideas for his tracks. Let’s have a look.
Here’s how you can get creative with bassline grooves using both midi clips and audio samples.
Voila! You now have a crazy sub/bass groove going on from a simple single note bassline.
You can do the exact same process with an audio sample too. Play around with the parameters till you get something that you like.
3 Ways to use a compressor
When using a compressor, you need to have a purpose and reason. Putting a compressor onto your chain without a clue is a quick way to destroy your mix.
Here's 3 ways to use a compressor and the settings you can use to get started in the right direction.
Drop a comment and let us know if there are other ways you use a compressor.
4 Things To Focus On For A Better Mix
Volume is the most powerful tool you have when mixing down tracks.
Achieving that perfect balance in volume between all your elements is where you need to start first before you reach out to do any other processing.
Master these 4 tips and see your mixes improve right away!
Drop a comment let us know what you think after trying these out.
Meet Mahin Kapur
Doing more with less. Before joining our music production course mahin believed the only way to make his music better was to add more sounds and effects to his music. Through our program he was able to understand the intricacies of his music and how to stand out through simple processes.