Over The Top (OTT) is an incredibly powerful tool to shape and enhance your electronic music productions. OTT is a multi-band compressor designed in the style of classic hardware compressors with a modern twist. It can be used to smooth out dynamics, add punch, and provide extra character and clarity to your mixes. In this blog post, we’ll discuss how OTT works and the different ways you can use it in your music production workflow.
What Is OTT?
OTT is a multi-band compressor developed by Xfer Records. It’s designed to add character and clarity to your audio as well as smooth out dynamic range issues. It works by splitting your signal into three frequency bands (low, mid, high), then compressing each band individually. This allows you to achieve more precise control over the way the signal sounds and adds an extra layer of depth to your mix.
How to Use OTT
Using OTT is straightforward; simply insert it on the track you want to process and adjust the parameters according to what sound you’re trying to achieve. The main controls are Threshold, Ratio, Attack, Release, Output Gain, Sidechain Filter, and Mix Knob. Each parameter has a specific function that affects how the signal will sound after processing. For example, increasing the Threshold will reduce the amount of compression applied while decreasing it will increase compression. Similarly, adjusting the Attack will affect how quickly or slowly compression occurs when you exceed the threshold level while Release adjusts how quickly or slowly compression returns back to normal once you fall below threshold again.
Additionally, you can use Sidechain Filter to filter out certain frequencies from being compressed as well as use Mix Knob if you want some dry/unprocessed signal mixed with processed signal for added complexity in sound design possibilities. Experimenting with these parameters can yield some really interesting results that can take your tracks from good to great!
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Overall, OTT is a great tool for adding character and clarity to any track in your mix without compromising its integrity or dynamics range too much (if done correctly!). It’s also flexible enough that it can be used creatively for more experimental sound design if desired. If you’re looking for an easy way to get started with using this powerful tool in your productions then hopefully this tutorial has given you some ideas on where to begin! Good luck!