At 11/6/12 05:27 PM, Omegeist wrote:
Does Mastering simplicity really pay off?
Yep, at least in my experience. I've been producing for a while, and I can safely say that precise/measured and specific fx application is better than smothering the track to make it sound right. Sometimes you do need a lot of effects, but not often.
I rarely will use more than 2/3 plugins on an insert, often 1 or none, depending on what I need. Plus, I rarely use effects outside of FL defaults and some specific 3rd party ones that I know are high quality and that I've relied on for a while (though I'm always open to trying new ones out here and there!).
Think about it this way: If you need so many effects to make it fit, perhaps the sound you started with is wrong? The more I produce, the more I realize that the samples, synths and riffs/midi data you choose/create are far more important than how you process them.
However, this is just me learning through experience (and being forced to go light on the effects due to a suboptimal processor back when I was learning 3-5 years ago).
Do what works for you. As you produce more and more, you'll start learning what does and doesn't sound good. Then, you'll be able to decide for yourself :)