Non-Lin snare weight

Future Music - - TOOLKIT -

A clas­sic ’80s re­verb treat­ment can come into its own if you’re look­ing to add weight to mid-range drums and per­cus­sive sound sources.

You may well be fa­mil­iar with the con­cept of gated re­verb. By putting an ag­gres­sive gate af­ter a spa­tial treat­ment, as it de­cays, the sound abruptly ‘stops’. Once vol­ume drops be­fore a cho­sen Thresh­old in a Gate, it ‘closes’ al­to­gether, stop­ping any more sound from be­ing heard. It’s a pow­er­ful tech­nique which shares a lot in com­mon with the NonLin al­go­rithm made fa­mous by the AMS RMX16 re­verb. This hard­ware re­verb unit con­tains a num­ber of al­go­rithms but ‘NonLin’ be­came par­tic­u­larly syn­ony­mous with drum sounds af­ter Phil Collins used it on the tom fill to his smash hit In The Air Tonight. Whilst that drum sound owes as much to the choice of drum mi­cro­phones and heavy com­pres­sion, the NonLin al­go­rithm makes a huge im­pres­sion too.

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