Production tip: parallel distortion in place of parallel compression

Parallel compression is a production technique famously created in New York City studios. It usually is achieved by combing a dry and uncompressed sound with a heavily compressed sound. When this is done the new sound retains transient information while bringing up the harmonic content. Sometimes compression is too heavy or obvious and it's better to blend the original sound with the newly compressed sound in order to get the benefits of both. 

Compression is like distortion or overdrive. They both flatten peaks but in different ways. You can achieve similar results by using a distortion effect instead of a compression effect. It works the same but usually gives more vibe and harmonics with an actual drive effect rather than a compressor which usually just deals with volume. The most cliche compressor for parallel compression is an 1176 which distorts and compresses when pushed hard. 

Try your favorite distortion plugs and boxes in place of your compressor in your parallel chain.

Spring reverb

Neptune Wavs is proud to announce all reverb here is done in the analog domain. This is a philadelphia recording studio where you can add reverb by our awesome sound workshop spring reverb or use the 50ft ceilings in the stairwell as a real echo chamber. No digital plug can capture the depth of analog reverb. I get using digital comp and eq by why would anyone use digital reverb or distortion when is so easy to do this at home. Anyone can send a line level track into a guitar amp or a speaker via a cheap converter box. You don't need anything fancy. Just mic it up and record another track of the overdrive or reverb space depending on the effect.  

Classic production

I love the simple production style of the 60s. Live everything, great players and a good song are the ingredients for magic. Ever work hours on end to record track by track only to find it just doesn't have that...magic? Can't beat the sound of humans having a musical conversation. That's why Neptune Wavs is a philadelphia recording studio that is geared toward capturing the sounds an artist makes. Here we don't create artists inside a computer just because it's possible.

The 212 pre

API has two famous variations of their preamp. The 212 and 312. CAPI copies both and they have great explanations on their site on how they differ. I'm happy to say that my console and all 1608 consoles have the older pre with the more vintage sound. I have to say, they really smush. As long you are careful with drums these are the best all around pre out there. I choose API over neve because I wanted to balance the harmonic saturation with a modern sound that doesn't overly kill the transients. For drums I keep the faders up and the pres low. For more drive on guitar and vocals I more the fader down and turn the pre up. 

It begins...

With the arrival of our API 1608 console, Neptune Wavs is officially complete and ready to create stunning audio recordings. Hope to see you soon!

Safe and sound

Safe and sound

ready for crating and it's journey from LA to Philly  

ready for crating and it's journey from LA to Philly