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How To Make Your 808's Punch Through The Mix

teacher avatar Robert White, Artist, Producer, Audio Engineer

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4 Lessons (18m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Soft Clipping The 808

    • 3. How To EQ 808's

    • 4. How To Compress 808's

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This class goes over the key's of mixing 808's like EQ/Compression plus some secret sauce to make your 808's stand out.

So if you want to get your 808's sounding loud and punchy without peaking the level too high watch this course.

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Robert White

Artist, Producer, Audio Engineer


Robert White grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. Not knowing music would become his future career path, he spent most of his young life playing musical video games with his siblings while constantly beatboxing, singing, and rapping.


Crediting music for his increased self-confidence and zest for life, he is passionate about connecting and bringing a positive experience to his fans through live performances. Robert believes performing on stage has increased his passion and love for music while impacting his view on life by demonstrating the power of music. He states, “Life is a blessing that we are all experiencing, and everyone perceives it in different ways. I realized I’d rather be happy than not, so I choose to only do what I love.”

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1. Intro: My name is rubber white. I'm an artist and mixing engineer and producer. In this course, I'm going to show you how to make your way harder and cut through the mix. It's peaking around negative seven, but with the plug-ins, it's only picking a dB louder, but you're getting so much loudness out of it. Like look at this before and after. It just adds so much more thickness other than blended in with the song. This is what it sounds like before and after. Look, I'm going to turn off plugins once again. Let me show you. Let me see. 2. Soft Clipping The 808: First, let me show you the song that we're working on. It's one of my own songs, so let me just play it. All right, so it's like R&B pop. The a12 is pretty loud and the song to somebody like that, someone like that is cutting through. So let me show you how I did that. I'm going to turn off all these plugins and let me just show it. Now. The first thing that I did to the aid of weight is I've put this NLS bus, I mean NLS channel on it. This is basically just emulating analogue, like an analog gear board, basically just driving it just a little bit slight saturation. Then next plugin I added on this was I added neutron. And basically this is a bunch of plugins in one, I added a sculptor and all it's doing is it's just boosting lobe right here. It's boosting a little bit right here. And it's taken out in the mud. I then I'm saturating a little bit. I'm making a mono at all. Your, everything that's base should be mono. Next thing I'm adding this to cavitate or just add some thickness to it. Other than the next thing I'm doing, I have a parallel and it's kind of acting as the base because when you, let me just show you how the parallel sounds, That's a lot of the base that they put other new blended in with the original signal before and after you. It brings it up in like headphones and stuff like that. Then the next thing I did, I added, I added another parallel and I did our base. I put it on 32 hertz than I did to decapitate yours on punished mode. Wow, I then I did an inflator on all the ways settings or than I filtered it out in this room, sounds like. Okay, so that is super saturated and that's just saturated mid-range. So when you blend that together, it brings up that mid-range. Listen before and after. Yo, yo that really brought up the mid-range. Then after, I'm adding a pro Q3 and brick wall filter at 2020 hertz. There's nothing below there you could even do like 28 hertz, 30 hertz. Then I was cutting 1010 k hertz by 18 decibels. Then makes sure that when you're using, when you're EQ in your HOH, but they are in linear phase mode on the, on the EQ when you're doing any type of EQ. And then in this song I cite changed it to the kick. But now I'm going to, now I'm gonna show you what really, I'm gonna show you what really makes this A12Z stand out and hit hard. So there's this plugin, it's a clipping plugin. It's called standard clip. This is one of the best plugins I have found recently. Just listen. I'm, I'm gonna play with this and just listen. All right, so I'm gonna put out at 10% and just watch what, 10%. And with a one dB boost, watch, watch the difference before and after you got a, got a lot louder, but it sounds good Still. I loved this plugin. You put on soft clip Pro. Amazing. I then also I like to oversample, but four times is good enough for monitoring. Monitoring, but offline I turn that to 32, that's when you're exporting it. That's what I would use, but you can use to x even that's good enough, but I like to use forex. Now that that's open. Then something else that you could do is you could, you could add the same plug-in. You create a parallel of it. The same, same thing here, but now, you know in the parallel, what we're gonna do, we're gonna exaggerate. We're going to exaggerate it, right? Boosted all the way up. Now, look at this that is clipped, that is completely all the way loud. Everything is equally loud. And you're probably like, well, this is ruining the sound. That's why it's a parallel, because when you blend that in, that's going to add this thickness to it, inconsistency but without ruining the original. Just listen, watch this. I'm gonna blend it in me. I started at 0 volume and then blended in Around, around 15 dB minus 15 dB. Wow, that is making a synapse so much. I mean, I think I'm going to turn down to minus 20. All right, so before and after these plugins look, It's peaking at, look before, before the plug-ins. It's peaking, it's peaking around negative seven. But with the plug-ins, it's only picking a dB louder, but you're getting so much loudness out of it. Look at this before and after. You're getting so much more out of that like so. It just adds so much more thickness oven blended in with the song. This is what it sounds like before and after. Look, I mean, turn off ligands once again. It and boom, that's how you make your Ada weights hit way harder and say No way more. I hope this video helped you. And if you want, you can go check out my song. It's called Olive me streaming now my new EP just came out. But yeah, have a great day and thank you for watching. 3. How To EQ 808's: I was up. In the first video, you'll learn how to soft clip the 808 and get it's a punch and hit way harder without making the level go up so high, but you get some support and loudness out of it. But in this one, I'm gonna show you how to EQ it. I know I already went over the EQ in the first one, but I'm gonna go in more depth in detail in this one. So let's get it. All right, So what I'm gonna do now is every time I EQ and I just listened to it, I put it in linear phase mode first, every time you're working with base or any low frequencies, always EQ in linear phase. What I'm gonna do is I'm gonna listen to it and I'm going to drag this filter up until I started to hear and then pull back. At around 26, I stop hearing it. Everything below that. It doesn't need to be there. It's taking up volume. You can just cut it out. You can't hear that at all. You can even most of the time I just do 20 hertz because nothing's really below 20 hertz. And I'm like, I don't need to go any higher that but sometimes you can you can do the thing I just did and do that. Other than the next thing obviously, is to go boost the low end. I mean, you don't have to, but for this swayed away, I'm going to boost it. You're gonna, you're gonna see where it's picking the most stat. And you're gonna drag it up there. Around 50. I'm going to boost it by three dB with a wide Q. Pull it back by two dB. To find the level. You're just going to drag it up and down at around two dB. Sounds good. Now I'm going to show you is to bring out the mid-range and cut the mud. If it's not money, you don't need to cut them on. But this helps bring the mid-range out. So just watch these steps. Now that I brought all that low-end up, it kind of makes so many but kinda counteract that. Come around like 300 and sweep down with a with it like a two q and not as wide. Pull it all the way down, then sweep back and forth. At around 234, up and down. At around one dB. You really have to just listen to the ADA. If one, if you're a 108 that you're dealing with is more money, obviously, you're gonna take out more. But if it's not money, you don't even take out anything. But other than this, this next thing I'm going to show you is to boost around the high mid so that it brings out that tone or the 808. And so that you can hear it on little speakers and headphones more. Listen. What I'm gonna do is I'm gonna, I'm gonna pull this up and I miss, drag it back and forth. Around 700. Listen to you. When you use a wide QRS, it sounds more natural. So just dragging up and down and see where you like it. I think around around two sounds good. And look it kind of looks like a Smiley face curve, like boost and cut a little bit of mud, then boosts the hymen. And what that does is you're boosting Lohan, which is listening on a sub. It's gonna, it's gonna make it bang. When you're listening on headphones. This boost right here is going to help be heard on that. And you can do these more drastic than I did. I'm just doing slight, slight stuff because I already did some processing back here, a lot of processing, so I'm just doing what sounds good. So let's listen before and after. As you see, the before and after difference is, it's not drastic, but it adds nice tone in the nice shape today to eat. 4. How To Compress 808's: The final video I'm gonna show you how to compress a two eighths to get them to hate even harder than before. A compressor I like to use on 800 thousandths is the 1176. So let's pull that up. I like to use a slow, slower attack and fast release. And what that does is it lets a little bit of the punch come through from the adequate, but then it brings up that tail and it makes it like banging her. And I'm gonna put this on an eight ratio so that it's even more limited. I'm not looking for too much compression. I just want like maybe three dB. What the basically what compression does is it's bringing down the loud parts and it's bringing up the quiet part so that it's more equal so that when you're 808 is being compressed, it's your hearing aid. You're hearing all of the 808 brought up more so it feels like there's it's louder but it's more it's more so it's just consistent. But it makes it thick and this compressor gives a nice tone. It makes it sound thick, Mason warm. But let's see, before and after what he did. Once again, if you look if you look before versus after, it's peaking around the same, but it just sounds thicker. Just a little bit louder because it's more consistent and that's why I'm compressing it either weights is a really good tool. But as in the first video, how we did soft clipping. If you're doing soft clipping, then you probably don't need to do that. Like you probably don't even need to do any compression because soft clipping, soft clipping is already bringing up the low parts because it's soft clipping the loud parts off. It doesn't in a way that sounds so good. So that's why I made a whole video on doing that soft clipping. But if you combine, come up a little bit of soft compression makes without clipping, it would probably sound even better. So yeah, you could definitely try to combine the two, but let's just see how it sounds in the song before and after. I'm gonna take the EQ off, the compressor off. All right, ready before and after. Those two things, they are slight, but what I noticed is that it gets more consistent and a little bit more of that sub gets brought up. But then I can also hear the midrange a little bit just from that little subtle boosts. Its, its the thickness that's coming out of the compressor and the consistency of the volume mixed with a little bit of the tone shaping makes it like it makes it sit right in the mix. Alright, that's it for this course. I hope this course helps you. If you want, you can go follow me on Instagram and TikTok and stuff like that. The light rubber at the light rubber white. And this is my song. So once again, I already asked you for, but if you can go stream that, I very much appreciate it. Anyway, I'll see you another time.