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Young Guru: How to Make Samples Sit in the Mix

Apr 04, 2023 | 20,965 Views

Got a great sample, but not happy with how it’s sitting in the mix? Need to help it fit better with the lead vocal, or with the drums? Grammy-winning mixer Young Guru (Jay Z, Beyoncé) shows you how to easily tweak the sample’s sound and manipulate different instruments within it, when you only have the finished sample, loop or 2-track—using his Guru Sample Spice plugin chain in Waves StudioVerse.

  • 0:00 Intro
  • 0:37 Why you might need to manipulate the original sample
  • 1:44 Guru Sample Splice – the plugin chain
  • 3:03 Tweaking the low end
  • 5:13 Adding drive, excitement, and high-end modulation
  • 9:56 De-essing with multiband and parallel processing splits
  • 11:11 Young Guru’s macros: How to tweak the chain easily with 3 macros