Eddie Bazil has been a professional producer, sound designer, remixer, programmer and teacher for many years, has worked with some of the best in the music industry, and his experience really shines through in this book.
Chapter by chapter, the world of effects is painstakingly explored in a very practical way, with clear screenshots of all effects including all parameter movements and selections, plus copious audio examples that illustrate each point along the way, so you understand exactly how to best use each specific effect.
All the basic effects such as reverb, chorus, delay, flange and phaser are explored, along with more unusual ones like pitch manipulation, filters and formants, harmonic distortion and source and destination modulators. A huge library of both free and carefully selected commercial VSTs are also covered with in depth explanations and screenshots showing how best to use them, so you can follow the exercises yourself and experiment as much as desired.
Each chapter is devoted to a specific effect, while the final chapter delves into the world of more extreme and creative effects, using several in series or parallel to create completely new sonic textures, from warped vocoded effects to autotuned rhythmic sequences, from pitch manipulated delays to aesthetic sweeping pads, from dark dropping cannons to ghostly whispers. It’s all here and much, much more.
This book is obviously a labour of love, and goes much further than simply explaining the functions of every control, exploring their various further creative possibilities. For instance, Reverbs are great but room ambiance recordings using a microphone or adopting Impulse Responses are equally useful but far more interesting. Tape saturation is extremely useful, as is tube/valve, but have you ever wondered how they work, what the harmonics affected are? Have you ever wondered how an Autotuned female vocal line run through a vocoder and layered with filter modulation sounds like? This type of effect is what this book is all about.
Sound On Sound Magazine - Review
(By Hugh Robjohns (SOS Technical Editor)
"Creative Effects: The Definitive Guide for Producers is the latest addition to the Production Suite series of downloadable eBook tutorials from Samplecraze, written by SOS forum moderator Eddie Bazil. (Forum regulars might know him better as Zukan.) The previous five titles in the Production Suite series were EQ Uncovered
, The Beat Production Bible
, The Art of Drum Layering
, Mixing Simplified
, and The Production Suite
Eddie’s professional musical career started during his teens, when he became a programmer for some of the most notable Electro/New Wave and Dance/Rap bands of the time, including AON, Juice, C Campbell, Bobin, Paul Dee, Jets Orchestra and Krush. His career and experience progressed as he became a popular remixer and producer, working on projects with Busta Rhymes, SFP, Bobin, Dee, Krush, Shadow, Sleeveless, Greensleeves and Gam Productions, with many of his tracks achieving top chart positions. Eddie later entered the world of sound design, creating a number of independent film scores and theatre soundtracks, as well as producing material for Emu, Propellerheads, Kiesel, Sound Effects Library, Native Instruments and Arturia, to name just a handful. He is currently involved in various production, remixing and sound-design projects, as well as sharing his knowledge by teaching workshops and providing online tuition — and by writing excellent books such as Creative Effects.
This latest publication is intended to demystify the art and the science of choosing and using effects processes, and applying effects techniques to benefit any musical or sound-design project. Creative Effects is provided in PDF format with over 200 A4-sized, pages divided into 10 separate chapters. Each chapter is devoted to an individual effect type, such as reverberation (including recording and using room ambience, and adapting Impulse Responses in convolutional reverb processors), modulators, delay, chorus, flanging and phasing, distortion, filters and formants, pitch manipulation and, pulling all of these disparate topics together neatly, a penultimate chapter on chaining these effects technologies and techniques together creatively, combining effects processing in series and parallel to produce entirely new sonic textures and atmospheres.
The writing is clear and easy to follow throughout, providing gentle and supportive guidance for beginners, as well as plenty of golden nuggets of inspiration and detailed knowledge to satisfy more experienced producers and sound designers. Eddie’s real-world experience of sound design and of developing and using effects in high-level professional projects really shines throughout the advice and material found in this book.
With such audibly complex and subjective material, the written word really isn’t the best medium on its own to describe the subtleties of producing and shaping complex sound effects on its own, let alone to allow the reader to appreciate them! Thankfully, Eddie has taken the time to produce hundreds of high-quality WAV files, which are included as an integral part of the download, and which demonstrate all of the techniques he describes and discusses. There are over 600MB of WAV files in all, providing comprehensive before-and-after audio examples of each effect and parameter variation. The eBook also contains hundreds of detailed colour screenshots of different plug-in tools to illustrate specific effects and settings, and countless practical exercises are provided throughout to help the reader understand, appreciate and master the wide range of techniques covered in each section. A substantial number of free and carefully selected commercial VST plug-in effects processors are also discussed in depth, to enable the reader to understand how best to use them to complete the chapter exercises and for their own projects.
Creative Effects is an astonishingly detailed, readable and thoroughly inspiring book. It is a clearly a labour of love, and is a goldmine of knowledge for the cost of a couple of pintsbeers! I learned a lot, and was inspired to approach my use of effects processors in a new light and with renewed enthusiasm for the creative possibilities. It’s a complete no-brainer of a purchase, which I can’t recommend highly enough."
‘Creative Effects’ is the perfect book to expand your knowledge of effects and master their practical application, and at £14.99 it’s an absolute bargain for the music producer and sound designer!