We tend to think of dynamics processors, EQs and, perhaps to a lesser extent, reverbs as our key tools when it comes to mixing, but you shouldn't overlook the potential that distortion and saturation processors have when used as mix tools.
With the capacity to control dynamic peaks, add pleasing mid-range harmonics to basslines, soften harsh high frequencies and generally impart that elusive 'warmth' that is often missing from modern productions, making use of a hardware drive stage, or a quality emulation of one, might be just the thing to bring your productions to life.
In this month's cover feature, we run through the science and techniques behind this process, as well as recommend some of the best software distortions for you to add to your toolkit. This plus loads more tutorials, artist features and all the latest reviews – with a ton of exclusive videos, sounds and samples – can all be found in the November issue of Future Music.
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Mix with Distortion and Saturation – Warm up your digital mixes with some clever touches of distortion and saturation. We show you how...
Minimal Beats – Less is more when it comes to electronic production. Create minimal beats and mix them for maximum impact
Producer's Guide To... Reason 8 – Does "a new look and feel" make it worth upgrading to Reason 8? We find out. Plus, our guide to the best Rack Extensions
In The Studio with Alexis Taylor – The Hot Chip man invites FM to his London HQ to talk about making the intimate and laidback Await Barbarians
Vladislav Delay – The innovative and prolific producer tells us about the gear he loves and hates
Classic Album – Slam The Glasgow Techno icons guide us through their seminal album Alien Radio
- Native Instruments Kontrol S Series
- Novation Launch Contorl XL
- Warm Audio WA76
- Korg Triton Taktile 49
- Sugar Bytes Egoist
- UAD Thermionic Culture Vulture
- Tone2 Electra2
- And more...
Found Sound Beats – Create totally unique beats with this esoteric pack of real world percussion hits
Trap Toolkit – Create cutting-edge, Hip Hop-informed sounds with this bass and beat-stuffed pack inspired by the great beatmakers of Southern Rap
Electro House – Fashion sure fire floor fillers with this pack of club-ready beats, bass, leads, lines and more