Lately, a lot of people have been asking me how I get my riddim section to sound the way it does. I think that the riddim section is the second most important part of a reggae song, drum and bass being the most important part. Before you add anything to your tracks the first thing you need to do is make sure that your chucks (guitar) and skanks (piano) are all lined up. This alone will already create a tighter riddim section. These are the top 3 plugins that I like to use on my riddim section.
FABFILTER PRO Q-2
Fabfilter Pro Q-2 is usually first in my chain for both chucks and skanks. This is a basic EQ and any parametric EQ will work. You don't need to use this exact one but here are some perks of using it. You can solo any frequency that you are working on. You can also view the frequencies being played. Most of my eq’s are reduction. I rarely boost any frequencies. This is where you can create your own sound, there is no right or wrong way. I like to make my guitar thinner and let the skank be the body of the riddim section. All you are trying to do is carve out parts of the spectrum so that the riddim section fits together. TRUST YOUR EARS!
SPL TRANSIENT MASTER
The SPL Transient Master is one of the simplest plugins. It acts like a gate and helps tighten up the riddim section. I putthis on both chucks and skanks then turn the sustain parameter down. I don’t always use the attack parameter but I personally like to have less attack on my skanks and more attack on the chucks. This plugin can make yourriddim section sound tight and cut through the mix.
MV2 is the last in my chain. This plugin is a basic compressor. There is no control over the makeup gain. If I lost any gain during the process above I bring back the volume by taking advantage of the auto makeup gain feature. I’m not exactly sure how much gain reduction is going on but I use this on a lot of my tracks.
These plugins are my top 3 go to plugins for my riddim section. Please feel free to comment/email and let us know what your favorite plugins are. If you have any other questions please feel free to email us at email@example.com and we’ll be glad to answer them.
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