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Take your bus mixing skills to new and exciting realms by learning how the pros approach this fundamental mix stage. In this video, producer and songwriter Cam Blackwood (George Ezra, Jack Savoretti, Frank Carter, Tom Walker) takes you under the hood of his unique StudioRack Crust Bus chain preset, included in the free StudioRack plugin chainer.
Cam Blackwood about the ‘Crusty Bus’ StudioRack Chain
“I typically use a lot of programmed instruments and live elements together in my work. What I like to do is make these different elements combine into one sound. If I have a couple of shakers, a tambourine, sequenced hi-hats, sampled snares and some live handclaps, I like to put these into one sound to give the listener the impression of an ensemble of people in a live performance.”
“My chain preset Crusty Bus includes EQ and compression elements from within the Waves/Abbey Road EMI TG12345 channel strip, two different short room reverb sounds using Renaissance Reverb within StudioRack’s Parallel split racks, and delay and saturation from the Abbey Road J37 Tape.”
StudioRack Crusty Bus Macros