Learn Delay: The Complete Guide to Mixing with Delay!

Strengthen the creativity in your mixes by watching our complete guide to the delay tool!
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  • Lectures 16
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 12/2015 English

Course Description

Delay is quite possibly the most used, yet misunderstood creative tool in the mixing engineer’s arsenal. Every major record you’ve heard in the past 40-60 years has had some instance of delay on it. Beginning at an explanation of the brief history of Delay along with some basic functions, all the way to advanced techniques as well as a primer of the physics behind the tool, in this class you’ll learn everything you need to know about the Delay tool!

We’ll be focusing on common applications of the Delay tool, found in contemporary music, as well as some techniques to help simulate a vintage sound in your mix! We’ll also go through how to setup your Delay on any instrument and explain why the order of operation is important. We’ll spend the majority of this course examining techniques, since this is an application dependent tool, but we’ll also touch on some effects like Flangers and Choruses, that can be made using a Delay tool with some post-processing.

In this class you'll learn...
Digital Delay use. Analog Delay functionality. Creating depth in a 2-Dimensional plane. Simulating a doubled track. Different models of Delay. Physics of Sound Waves. Differentiation of Reverb and Delay. How to setup Delay.

What to listen for when using a Delay on:
Drums. Guitars (lead and rhythm). Piano. Vocals (lead, backgrounds, harmonies).

You’ll also learn advanced techniques like…
Throwing Delay using Automation. Artificial Stereo Spread. Acoustic environment simulation. Embellishment of an element within a mix.

What are the requirements?

  • Basic understanding of Computer Recording and Mixing

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 25 years of experience and expertise from a professional recording studio that has serviced bands such as U2, Blink 182, Switchfoot, Icona Pop and many many more.
  • An advanced understanding of delay that can take an OK recording/mix and make it a great recording/mix.

Who is the target audience?

  • Beginners to advanced audio engineers and enthusiasts who want to learn industry standard mixing techniques and mixing secrets used by professional engineers on today’s hit records.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

Important things to consider before starting this class.

Section 2: The Basics

In this lecture we discuss what delay is and how it works.


In this lecture we discuss the different types of delay out there.


In this lecture we discuss the basics of delay.


In this lecture we discuss the different controls of delay.


In this lecture we discuss the advanced controls of delay.

Section 3: Delay Throw

Using delay throw on vocals.


Using delay throw on lead guitars.

Section 4: Doubling Delay

Using doubling delay on background vocals.


Using doubling delay on harmony vocals.

Section 5: Slapback Delay

Using slapback delay on main vocals.


Using slapback delay on lead guitars.


Using slapback delay on piano.

Section 6: Ping Pong Delay

Using ping pong delay on drums.


Using ping pong delay on lead guitars.

Section 7: Conclusion

Final thoughts on mixing with delay and additional mixing resouces.

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Instructor Biography

Signature Sound, Discover Your Signature Sound

Signature Sound has been in business for over 25 years servicing Artists/Bands such as U2, Blink 182, Switchfoot, Akon, and Producers such as Jerry Finn, Steve Churchyard, Vincent Di Pasquale, Kiko Cibrian and many more. Signature Sound's commitment is to share our vast experience and expertise on a global scale. Learning from working professionals who record & mix on a day-to-day basis and who are up to date with the latest and most effective recording and mixing techniques is an outstanding resource to learn from. We believe Music is a very subjective, but we also believe diversity is crucial because not only does it allows you to expand your clientele or improve your bands recordings, but it also helps you Discover Your Signature Sound.

Instructor Biography

Elmo Arteaga, Audio Engineer / Producer

My name is Emilio but all my friends call me “Elmo.” I ask a lot of questions and probably drink too much black coffee. I’m also a classically trained multi-instrumentalist who loves making records and I’ve been fortunate to have worked with some of Southern California’s most talented musicians. Though I am considered an artist, truthfully I see myself more as an “artist’s artist” simply because I work with musicians, producers, and artists of all types to help bring their artistic visions to life. To accomplish that I do a number of different things, the most important being that I know how to listen very carefully.

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