Eddie Bazil has been a professional producer, sound designer, remixer, programmer and teacher for many years, has worked with some of the best in the music industry, and his experience really shines through in this book.
Chapter by chapter, the world of effects is painstakingly explored in a very practical way, with clear screenshots of all effects including all parameter movements and selections, plus copious audio examples that illustrate each point along the way, so you understand exactly how to best use each specific effect.
All the basic effects such as reverb, chorus, delay, flange and phaser are explored, along with more unusual ones like pitch manipulation, filters and formants, harmonic distortion and source and destination modulators. A huge library of both free and carefully selected commercial VSTs are also covered with in depth explanations and screenshots showing how best to use them, so you can follow the exercises yourself and experiment as much as desired.
Each chapter is devoted to a specific effect, while the final chapter delves into the world of more extreme and creative effects, using several in series or parallel to create completely new sonic textures, from warped vocoded effects to autotuned rhythmic sequences, from pitch manipulated delays to aesthetic sweeping pads, from dark dropping cannons to ghostly whispers. It’s all here and much, much more.
This book is obviously a labour of love, and goes much further than simply explaining the functions of every control, exploring their various further creative possibilities. For instance, Reverbs are great but room ambiance recordings using a microphone or adopting Impulse Responses are equally useful but far more interesting. Tape saturation is extremely useful, as is tube/valve, but have you ever wondered how they work, what the harmonics affected are? Have you ever wondered how an Autotuned female vocal line run through a vocoder and layered with filter modulation sounds like? This type of effect is what this book is all about.
‘Creative Effects’ is the perfect book to expand your knowledge of effects and master their practical application, and at £12 it’s an absolute bargain for the music producer and sound designer!
Creative Effects – Contents
- Flanging and Phasing
- Distortion (harmonic, tape saturation, valves etc)
- Pitch manipulation
- Creative effects
- Final word