IN THE HAAS By DOCTOR WEREWOLF
As promised here’s the free Ableton rack from DW. Download is at the bottom of the page…Enjoy!!
In The Haas – Live Rack Instructions
Unzip the file and double click the the rack to install it (you may have to tell your operating system that the file opens with Ableton. If your computer is confused by this file, try adding the extension ‘.adg’)
Once it’s installed, ‘In The Haas’ can be found in your ‘Live Devices’. It should now appear in the preset list when you click the fold out arrow next to ‘Audio Effect Rack’ under ‘Audio Effects’
There are a few controls for you to learn:
- Turn either ‘Delay Right’ or ‘Delay Left’ macro knobs to delay that stereo channel. Don’t bother with both at once, they just cancel each other out.
- The ‘Pre Mono’ utility in the chain before the macro knobs. Switch it on if you want to make your source mono before you Haas it. Not necessary, use to personal taste. Some inputs will sound better this way, some won’t.
- The ‘Mono Check’ utility after the macro knobs should be off. It is included so you can flick it on and off to check what phasing is occurring in mono.
- There is also a gain macro knob which defaults to -3db to compensate for the gain added by the rack. Leave it or turn it up or down I don’t care mate it’s just post gain.
Doctor Werewolf Haas effect thoughts.
The Haas effect can make simple sounds bigger in stereo width and in voice if used judiciously. It works by delaying one of your stereo channels by up to 40ms, leaving the other in place. Your brain registers the two separate identical sounds as the same sound but spreads them out in your head. IT’S A COOL TRICK. I like to use it on little stabby percussion sounds or claps to give width to my rhythm elements. If used with backing vocals you can create the illusion of chorusing and width without blowing out on voltage. I’ve read suggestions such as placing a haas effect after a reverb on a buss to make your reverb super wide, or throwing it over pads to spread them out.
Any usage of ‘In The Haas’ will introduce stereo phase to your productions. In dance music keeping a rock solid mono image is a high priority so never use this on your kicks, snares or sub basses. Use the ‘Mono Check’ utility on the rack to make sure whatever you’re haasing doesn’t lose too much volume in mono. Alternatively, just throw it on elements that it’s ok to lose a bunch of in mono e.g FX, pads, bleeps, squeaks and glitches.
To get the best results, just use a combination of your ears and mind. turn 1 knob until you get it to sound great, then flick back and forth to mono and make minute adjustments until you’re happy with the trade off between stereo width and mono power.
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