Does anybody know the effects that were used on the hats and the snares to achieve that crispy sound? I know the overall effect on the song is achieved by using heavy compression.

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    I can't see your link as is. I can't tell if it's just my browser or not, but I had to click "edit" and copy it from the source of the post. The track in question is: soundcloud.com/escents/days Commented Jul 3, 2015 at 18:39
  • That is weird because I seem to be getting the embedded soundcloud player whenever I open this question. Is this why this question got downvoted?
    – SDG
    Commented Jul 4, 2015 at 17:34
  • Are you live micing for recording or are you doing post/samples?
    – bwooceli
    Commented Jul 4, 2015 at 18:25
  • I am doing it through both post and samples
    – SDG
    Commented Jul 4, 2015 at 18:32

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It's hard to say for sure for things like this.

I hear quite a bit of distortion on both the hats and the share, enough that I'd say that's the major component of the "crisp" sound. This gives them a fair bit of high-frequency energy, which makes them stand out since there don't seem to be many other sounds in that register.

They're also very "choppy" - they have fast onsets and decays. The hihat ducks when the kick plays (probably through sidechain compression) and almost nothing else (besides a hat) plays when the snare does.

There is fairly little reverb or "space" effect on either of them, so they sound upfront in the mix. It's also worth mentioning that, at least on the headphones I'm listening on, they're simply louder than a lot of other parts, which probably helps.

Again, it's hard to say for sure but that's what it sounds like to me!

  • Very good points that been made here. THE fast onsets and decays part is giving a whole new feel to the track.
    – SDG
    Commented Jul 4, 2015 at 17:30
  • above explanation seemed the best to me as well. Try fab filters saturn as there are many different types of distortion on there and gives you the ability to have it dialed to a particular band. In this case I would say the higher frequencies
    – Dom
    Commented Jul 7, 2015 at 14:54

To me this sounds like bit reduction to around 8 bits with some low-pass filtering and a small room reverb.

  • what elements are you refering to? I reckon that is definitely the case with the hats and the snares.
    – SDG
    Commented Jul 5, 2015 at 15:12
  • Yes, the hats and the snares. The kick is modulated by a ducking effect - either heavy side-chained compression (as you indicated) or a side-chained gate with a release envelope.
    – noumenal
    Commented Jul 5, 2015 at 15:28

Sounds to me like a blend of an 8bit down sample along side a "telephone" stlye EQ (most daw eqs come with a preset. Slap it on and change to hpf and lpf till it sounds similar (maybe round 3k for the lpf)

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