Today's advent calendar reveals part two of "Useful Tips From The BOOM Sound Designers"
This time, Axel Rohrbach shares some of his knowledge when it comes to daily work with SFX. Enjoy!
How does your project template look like?
My template is almost empty. I do have some basic setups in Logic and ProTools, but those seldom include many tracks and only a few busses. I do have a mastering channel strip for both applications that I load / import most of the time - but it almost always needs alterations. One of the main issues where a template is very useful are tracks with a relatively low gain (just dropped the gain further down to -12dB to start with per single track). I also tend to use steep low cuts at least on the master channel, very often on every single track as well.
I find it a bit more complicated to setup tracks and routing in Logic compared to ProTools (which in fact it is not), so I do have some more templates in Logic for different sample rates, mono vs stereo setups etc.
Outside the DAW I do have a listening level setup which I can reset with one button press and dim by an amount that is useful for me. Working with the same levels most of the time really helps me to quickly understand where I am and where I want to go concerning compression and loudness.
A useful approach for designing a sound
Besides the approaches stolen from Michael, Tristan, Felix and the Davids I tend to think in frequency related elements. I often want a different sound for the high elements, the mids, the low-mids and the bass. So I start looking for cool stuff to staple them in an interesting matter. I personally enjoy this approach pretty much, however there are situations that don't suit that approach at all.
Useful FX that you use almost always to beef up your sound.
I really often use low-cuts to sort things and to feature only selected low elements. That leaves me space to pimp things up
Your favorite FX plugin and why is it your favourite?
I just started to use the Fab Filter Pro MB a lot for both, mastering and single track processing. An amazing tool whose biggest benefit are the frequency related sidechainable bands. I also really love the Maag EQ 4 in selected situations (mostly not voice for what it is built for). I don't really have THE favorite plug-in, I love a lot but most of them only for specific stuff.
Thanks Axel :-)