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Lake Turner shares 5 essential studio tips

Wrapping up this eventful year for Sasha’s Last Night On Earth, the brand has one more release that has been treasured for months now. Off the back of ‘Nalo’ – his collaboration with Sasha on the LNOE TEN compilation – Lake Turner makes his solo label’s debut with his four-track EP ‘Further Now’.

To celebrate the release of ‘Further Now’, Lake Turner invited EG into the studio  for 5 advanced production tips.

1. The power of the mute button

If you’re like me, you might have the tendency to keep adding to a track. I’m slowly learning more and more that: less is more. Crafting fewer elements to sound bigger can often sound crisper and clearer. Adding another thing obscures the other & muting that part that’s not adding particularly much can have a massive impact on the overall picture. I like to make sure every part & layer is totally necessary & bringing something vital to the lifeblood of the track.

2. Grouping stems on a desk / summing mix

I’ve only recently started doing this, but it’s definitely handy when getting a handle on the finished mix, it kind of gives you a bird’s-eye view of the mix. I group up drums, bass, synths, vocals & fx and have them all on their own fader so I can easily balance, compress or EQ them and get a feel for how everything is working together. I use a Softube Console 1 desk, which is really handy for this & you can also drive the desk if you’re feeling particularly fruity.

3. Adding real tape delay to snares

This was one actually thought up by my friend Aidan – who I share a studio with. The snare on my track ‘Automat’ wasn’t sitting quite right, and so he had the idea of running the snare through two tape delays (for a left and a right stereo signal). It created some grit and slight lo-fi-ness to the snare and made it sit in the mix like a dream. Thanks, Aidan.

4. Trilian for bass sounds

I still use the Roland Sh01a for rhythmic basslines, but on my new EP ‘Further Now’, I used the virtual instrument Trilian for most of the bass sounds across the board. Obviously, each to their own, but I enjoyed using it on this occasion and it has an impressive array of bass synth sounds that often work like a charm, and it’s so quick and easy to get something working.

5. Use filters

I absolutely love filters and the space & movement they create. Filters have the ability to affect the way a sound can arrive at your ear – a high pass filter sweep for a slower arrival, or a low pass filter sweep for a quicker one. I enjoy introducing sounds by filtering them in as I feel it engages the listener more, keeps things fluid & adds movement.

Lake Turner’s ‘Further Now’ EP is out now via Sasha’s LNOE. Purchase your copy here.

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