Behind the scenes
We were lucky enough to sit in on a mixing session with Tim to see his process
in motion, and his choice of FX Collection plugins. The subject matter: a live recording of
a 3-piece rock band. With this mix, Tim wanted to retain that natural ‘alive’ feeling, while
giving it the polished punch of a detailed studio recording.
Snare - Comp VCA-65
This is a model of a very nice DBX compressor that’s fantastic on drums.
Sometimes snare drums and overhead mics don’t get along. To tame any unpleasant ‘boink’ sound
qualities, Tim opts for Comp VCA-65. This ensures that the snare sounds direct, punchy, and
neatly tucked into the mix.
Drum kit - Rev PLATE-140
I don’t often use reverb on drums, but when I do, a 140 Plate is often a really wonderful
place to start.
Setting Rev PLATE-140 to a surprisingly long 2.5 seconds actually brings energy, warmth, and a
touch of mix glue - with the material quality of classic plate reverb.
Guitars - Chorus DIMENSION-D
The fact that there’s less symmetry in what the oscillator is doing means that the
modulation responds in a more rhythmic way - which is really cool.
To add contrast to the guitar parts in the verse of the track, Tim opts for some modulation -
Chorus DIMENSION-D. By using the newly-added Random Smoothed waveform and mode 4, he’s able to
add varied movement while retaining the classic BBD color of the original hardware.
Guitars - Flanger BL-20
The really cool thing about the Bel Flanger is it has this Manual button on it...I love it!
To emphasize that pure wall-of-guitars power in the pre-chorus, Tim opts for the chunky sweeps
of Flanger BL-20 - as an original Bel Flanger owner, it’s familiar modulation territory.
Backing vocals - Delay ETERNITY
A ridiculously advanced delay that you can do all sorts of crazy stuff with.
Just cycling through presets and looking for some unexpected magic, Tim spends some time
experimenting with how the BVs sit in the mix - from interesting modulation to broad stereo