In our latest journal entry, we take an in-depth look at our latest plugin, Boost, and provide you some tips on how to take your productions to the next level.
For a warmer bass sound, try enabling the ‘Boost’ button. This re-orders the components, to give greater bass output. Boost is now boosting frequencies after the limiter, so be careful to avoid any clipping, dial down the OUT control if this is the case, or enable the Limiter to catch any stray peaks.
For a punchy drum buss with increased top end sheen, try the Techno Boost preset from the Dance section. Turn off the Limiter and ‘brick’ limiter, as you’ll most likely be limiting already on your master output, and tweak the Compress, Color and Stereo settings to taste, you may find you hardly even have to change these at all for the desired result. For a more noticeable effect, increase the IN, though remember to dial down the OUT so you can do a level compensated A/B for hearing what Boost is bringing to your drum sound.
The zero latency Tracking presets included with Boost are optimized for Tracking a variety of different instruments. Extremely useful when you need to quickly dial up some processing on a live take, helping give some frame of reference for the instrument you’re working with. Using the Synth Warmth preset along with a low cut EQ and some subtle reverb and delay, Boost helped to instantly bring our Roland SH101 lead to life, offering a well produced and defined synth sound within minutes.
Creating mix and mastering templates can be a huge time saver in the studio. Also known as an autoload, this process is a way of setting up various plugins chains, be it on your master, mix busses or even individual channel strips, that load automatically when you begin a new project. If you find yourself creating similar channel strips on each project you work on, it might be an idea to create yourself some handy templates, to save going through the same steps with each new idea you begin.
If you create your own mix templates, try incorporating Boost in the next one you make. The speed with which you can use the plugin to dial in a powerful master, punchy drum buss or warm vocal chain, means you can quickly call up polished sounding results without getting too hung up with those finer mix details early on in the writing stage.
While the Colour and Stereo controls on Boost are ideal for adding some warmth, air and width to your mix busses and masters; they also work great on individual sounds. To increase the impact of a build or crescendo section, try placing Boost on your channel and automate both the Colour and Stereo controls to improve over time. This will achieve a sound that becomes brighter and wider in the mix as it progresses, providing a nice way to increase tension. You could also use this technique for chorus or drop sections, for increased depth and presence for those highlight moments of your arrangements.