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„Insights“ is a series of notes about music, sound design, management, technologies and human experience, written by Daniel Lesden. Daniel shares his experience and music production tips which may be found useful for novice as well as for acknowledged artists. The notes have lack of clear logical narrative and mostly numbered in random order.

§ 18. Mounting acoustic panels

I never had an acoustic treatment in the studio till now. Since it was my first experience, I was wondering how to attach bass traps to the walls in non-destructive way, i.e. so I could easily remove it and put back anytime.

I googled a lot, someone suggested to use glue directly on the wall, someone — two-sided scotch, another ones — wooden carcass. Carcass is good idea actually, but requires some handmade skills, while first ones are just not serious.

My wife, graphic designer by profession, is very smart: she proposed to use liquid nails to attach mounts to the panels, and then put it on the dowel to the wall. And it’s worked great!

Putting liquid nails to metal mounts using “pistol”
Attaching mounts to the panels

Important note: glue require some time to make it works. I’ve left panels for a night.

Dowels in the wall.

Now just put it on, that’s it!

Here is my result:

I’m not saying it’s the best way to install panels, but it’s easy, it’s non-destructive (both to panels and walls), and it’s works! I hope someone find it useful. Good luck!

2015   Behind the scenes   Insights   Studio

§ 08. Bassline layering trick

Perhaps when you hear ‘bassline layering’ you think about separate layers for sub-bass and mid/high bass layer, which is pretty common technique. But I’d like to share something different.

Once I just thought: what if I’ll create a bassline layer made of kick? I tried, and it works great for me.

So, let’s take very basic kick-bass pattern — three bassline midi-notes between each kick hit. Pretty common view:

Keep in mind your bassline key (in this example it’s D#) cause it’s important.

Here how it sound so far, nothing special:

Now let’s add a Simpler to a new Midi-channel and put any kick sample there:

Important thing: your kick’s key should be same as the bassline. For this example I used pre-made sample, created in Kick VST.

In filter section, choose High-Pass 24 and play with Frequency and Resonance a bit:

Now create a new Midi-clip and draw midi-notes whatever you’d like to:

And listen what we’ve got:

Such a lovely clicks! Very punchy, solid bassline.
I used this trick in plenty of my tracks and I like it. Going further, you can experiment not only with kick samples, but with any other percussion as well.

2014   Insights   Music production