Part of the fun of home recording is the freedom that you get. You couldn’t spend 4 hours messing around in a professional studio to try to get a cool effect, but you can in your project studio. Adobe’s Audition software allows for a lot of those cool little tricks that make your listeners go, “whoa!”.
Here are three cool, simple recording tricks that will help you learn about Adobe Audition and give new sounds to your home recordings.
1. “Queen” Harmonies – A really fun effect to mess around with are these huge harmonies, accomplished by lots of overdubbing. You’ll begin by writing a three part harmony, then track each part of the harmony two or three times (note: since you’ll be overdubbing, if you’re trying this in a new session, you’ll probably want to put down a metronome track to know when to start. You can always mute the metronome later). Once you’ve got all three parts recorded, pan them about 45 degrees to each side and send them to a bus with Audition’s Studio Reverb effect on it. You’ll get a huge, larger than life harmony sound. Queen used this effect a lot, as did the Beatles and the Beach Boys, occasionally.
2. 360 Degree Panning – This is an effect in Audition’s effect rack. Once it’s on, by drawing a line on the sound wave file itself (in the Multitrack view), you can make it seem like a sound is rotating around you. I believe that this effect is a cool way to get a sense of how panning affects your perception of a song, and it’s also really, really cool. Start by applying the effect to a solo, and just go wild when drawing out the effect. You’ll soon get a sense of how panning can change things, and how it’s just as powerful as EQ to a final mix.
3. Using a Bus – Buses are a great mixing tool, but they can also be used for unique effects that couldn’t otherwise be obtained. For example, try creating a new bus by selecting “Add Bus” from the drop-down in each track in the Mixer (Alt + 2), then send a heavy compression effect to that bus. Send part of the original track to the bus. Now, create a second bus, but send a heavy reverb effect to that bus. By panning each bus to a different side and messing with the level of the original (dry) signal, you can get some really unique effects that neither signal would accomplish alone, some of which can sound really spacey. The key to this one is experimentation; you should get used to the idea of using buses in Adobe Audition, as they’re a very valuable mixing tool, and experimenting to see what kind of cool effects you can get will greatly improve your mixing ability.
What cool recording tricks do you use in Adobe Audition? Post in our comments section below.