Using Audio Effects Processors: the secret of a creative mix
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Using Audio Effects Processors: the secret of a creative mix

Improve your music mixes and productions. Apply audio effects in a creative way, knowing what you are doing
4.2 (5 ratings)
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39 students enrolled
Created by Marco Galvan
Last updated 4/2019
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This course includes
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • 6 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • You will understand how audio effects work
  • You will learn how to use different effects: reverb, echo, chorus, flanger, etc.
  • You will open your creativity to new sound ideas
  • You will improve your audio mixes, with more depth and color
  • Basic use of any Digital Audio Workstation (DAW): Logic, Cubase, Pro Tools, Ableton Live, etc.
  • Good headphones or monitors are recommended

Audio effects are very important to improve the audio quality and sonic impact of a music production. Current technology gives us access to lots of tools to process audio in different ways: create depth or space in the mix, adjust the pitch or create a different "color" in the sound of musical instruments, vocals, etc.

Brian Eno, famous producer of U2, David Bowie and Coldplay, said:

"Most audio processors can be used as musical instruments by themselves".

Modern producers must know how audio processors work in order to shape their sound. There are not hard rules to follow once you know the basic principles. If you know how audio effects operate, you will be able to create your own sound and define your own sonic style!

Audio effects have been an important part of many styles in the history of music recording. Rock, pop, EDM, etc. all of them have "signature" effects that identify them. Many musicians and productions are also identified because of the effects they use. Artists spend a lot of time polishing their sound to create fresh and different sounds in their mixes. This course is the entry point to do that!

In this course you will learn, step by step, how audio processors work and how to apply them. You will learn how to use effects like:

  • Delay

  • Echo

  • Reverb

  • Exciters

  • Modulation effects

  • Tremolo

  • Chorus

  • Flanger

  • Phaser

  • And more*

By using these effects effectively, you will be able to:

  • Improve the quality of your music mixes

  • Create new sounds for any musical style

  • Fix tuning problems of singers and musical instruments

  • Improve the impact and realism of sounds and recordings

  • Create original effects for DJ sets or post-production applications

  • Take full advantage of the tools included in your DAW (Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, etc.)

The course covers each family of processors from their foundations. So, by the end, you will be able to use any kind of software or hardware audio effect!

Songs produced in a professional studio are carefully polished by using lots of audio processors. The engineer adds little processing here and there to create more dimension, depth, clarity and punch in the music. You can learn how to do this too! By mastering your arsenal of audio effects, you will have the knowledge to sound more professional and differentiate your music from the rest.

This is an ideal course for the music producer, musician, audio editor or engineer that needs a deeper understanding of the available audio effects and tools. The course has beed designed to learn in an efficient way, understanding each important concept step-by-step and watching practical examples. You can learn a lot by studying just 15 minutes a day!

You will be guided by a certified audio instructor, with more than 15 years of teaching experience at all levels, from seminars to college-level classes and a top instructor on Udemy, so academic quality is guaranteed. Join more than 3,000 students worldwide and learn more about audio!

*This course is the ideal complement to the Equalization Techniques and Compression Techniques courses, from the same author.

**También se encuentra disponible una versión en español de este curso.

Who this course is for:
  • Music producers
  • Audio engineers
  • Musicians
  • DJ's
  • Multimedia creators
  • Audio enthusiasts
Course content
Expand all 50 lectures 02:20:58
+ Introduction
2 lectures 03:50

Introduction to the course.

Preview 01:25

You will know the most common categories of effects.

Preview 02:25
+ Delay processing
11 lectures 35:35

An explanation about the delay processors.

Preview 02:11

How delays work and what controls are the most common.

Delay controls

How to setup a delay as an echo effect.

Delay as echo

Example of how to use a tape delay.

Preview 06:28

An explanation of how to achieve the ping-pong delay example.

Ping-pong delay

Example of a ping-pong delay.

Ping-pong example

Explanation of what a slap-back echo is.

Slap-back echo

Application of the slap-back echo.

Slap-back example

Explanation of how to get a room effect with delays.

Room effect

Explanation of what a doubling effect is.

Doubling effect

Application of delay for room and doubling effects.

Room and doubling example
2 questions
+ Reverberation
11 lectures 30:11

An explanation of reverberation and its characteristics.

Preview 02:08

Explanation of what to use reverb for.

Applications of reverb

Explanation of how to get natural reverb in a recording.

Natural reverb

Explanation of the spring reverb unit.

Spring reverb

An example of how to a spring reverb sounds.

Spring reverb example

Explanation of the plate reverberator.

Plate reverb

Example of how a plate reverb sounds.

Plate reverb example

Explanation of the digital reverb and its controls.

Digital reverb

Example of how to adjust digital reverb parameters.

Digital reverb example

Explanation of the convolution reverb and impulse responses.

Convolution reverb

An example of different convolution reverbs.

Convolution reverb example
3 questions
+ Modulation effects
13 lectures 33:38

An explanation about amplitude modulation.

Preview 02:16

An example of how to use amplitude modulation for tremolo.

Preview 05:44

An explanation of frequency modulation.

Frequency modulation (FM)

How to use the vibrato effect.

Vibrato example

An explanation of what a wah-wah effect is.

Wah-wah effect

An example of a wah-wah and auto-wah.

Wah-wah example

Description of the phaser effect.


An example of how to use a phaser processor.

Phaser example

Explanation of the flanger effect.


An example of how to use a flanger effect.

Flanger example

Explanation of how a chorus effect works.


An example of a chorus application.

Chorus example

An explanation of other modulation processors.

Other processors
3 questions
+ Harmonic processors
7 lectures 25:05

Explanation about what harmonics are.


An explanation about how enhancers work.


An example of how to use enhancers or exciters.

Enhancer example

Example of how distortion works.


An example of how to apply distortion as effect.

Distortion example

An explanation about digital distortion characteristics.

Digital distortion

An example of how to use a bit crusher.

Digital distortion example
Harmonic processors
2 questions
+ Pitch processors
4 lectures 11:57

Explanation of how a pitch shifter works.

Pitch shifter

Example of how to use a pitch shifter.

Pitch shifter example

Explanation of how pitch correctors work.

Pitch correctors

Example of how to use an automatic tuner.

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Pitch corrector example
+ Conclusions
1 lecture 00:25

Conclusions of the course and information about other Music Production and Audio Engineering courses.

+ Bonus lecture
1 lecture 00:17

Other courses from the same author.

Bonus lecture