Gerald refused to show us how to do his really special Akai
S950 trick, "I'm not telling you that. It's a secret!'' he said. But
he has another little sonic shuffle that he's prepared to
share It's called "ghosting".
- Looking for that missing X factor in your mix?
First sample something, like some strings or a breakbeat.
- Then stick the sample through an effect. For strings, Gerald recommends a big hall reverb.
- Now remove the original sample, so you're left with just the effected sample.
- Hey Ali Bongo! Instant spooky strings to swell your mix. "It gives you a much more spacey feel," says Gerald. "If you've got a sound and it's just not big enough, taking away the original sound and leaving the reverb seems to expand it."
- Putting breakbeats through a delay and ghosting them also has the Gerald seal of approval. "You get some mad sounds doing that. When you get a break, put it through a delay, then take the break away, and you've got a new sound."