John Christian’s Studio Sessions: Chapter 3 | Layering Part III

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Welcome to the 3rd chapter of John Christian’s Studio Sessions. The first subject that John has approached is ‘Layering’ and he structures this matter within the first 3 chapters of this serie. In the dance music it seems important to make a clear and loud but dynamic still master. To achieve that, it not only comes to mastering. In fact, mixing is way more important in John’s opinion. On ‘Layering part III’ John shows us his own way of setting the dynamics for every single instrument, as well as using reverb as a kind of instrument to make the sound bigger. When it comes to setting dynamics, people often think that you have to use a compressor or a limiter to do that but there are other ways. Off course doing a production without using any compressor is like shooting a video without a camera. Anyway John is not in love with compressor plugins and so he found another way of dealing with dynamics. Besides that John always tries to make the sound as big as possible, as long as it complements the song, off course. To do that you can make an endless stack of sounds but you can also use just a few quality sounds and a real instrument (you can see John setting up layers like that in the first 2 chapters of John Christian’s Studio Sessions) and use a reverb to make it bigger. The basics of the layering principal are to combine two or more sounds from different sources to achieve a recognizable signature sound. Layering adds width, depth and overall thickness to your sound and allows very detailed tonal sculpting. Layering is comparable to an orchestra combining multiple instrumentalists in a proper arrangement to create more depth and power to achieve a more complex and interesting outcome. Sensible layering techniques will give you full control over the role that every single layer may play, the clearness of the actual melody and frequency mishaps such as cancellation and clashing. John Christian goes through Layering techniques within chapter #1, #2 and #3. If you have any technical question regarding this Studio Sessions, you can place your comments on www.facebook.com/DJJohnChristi­an

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