There are numerous techniques for enhancing or smoothing high-frequency sounds such as hi-hats or shakers, and one interesting and creative approach is the use of a spectral resonator. We’ll show you how to use it on your track in the following tutorial.

As usual, we prepared a short sequence in our SoundBridge: DAW. It includes most of the elements of a full mix including a shaker. This is the instrument we will process with the mentioned effect. Let’s begin by listening to the full mix and then to the shaker solo.

This is a screenshot of my mix before applying the spectral resonator effect to the shaker sound.
~Full Mix – Shaker 2 (Unprocessed)
~Shaker 2 Solo (Unprocessed)

A spectral resonator divides the spectrum of an incoming audio signal into partials. Then, it stretches, distorts, and blurs the output in subtle or dramatic ways, depending on the frequency or note. MTransformer by MeldaProduction is one of the plugins capable of performing this task. Let’s begin by placing it on the shaker’s effect rack.

This is a screenshot of my mix with default setting of MTransformed plugin applied to the shaker sound.

MTransformer as a spectral resonator

To begin, we’ve chosen the resonator preset, which can be selected on the left side of the MTransformer interface. This sets an effect with a 100% Wet mix.

~Shaker 2 Solo –  MTransformer (100% Wet Mix)

We’ll start by adjusting the parameters we have in front of us since right now the result is too harsh. First, we’ll set the dry/wet parameter to around 60%, as we want to retain some of the original sound. The “Fineness” parameter next to it adjusts the resolution of the effects being applied. Therefore, higher resolution achieves a signal that is closer to the original, with fewer artifacts.

This section is followed by range low and range high sliders, which control the low and high-frequency starting points of the effect. The modulation X/Y pad is shown below, along with a type of reverb effect called “Smearing.” The higher the value, the more smeared the sound, which also causes some reverberation.

Let’s listen to our shaker sound processed as shown in the image below.

This is a screenshot of my mix with final setting of MTransformed plugin applied to the shaker sound.
~Shaker 2 Solo – Processed With MTransformer

The MTransformer gave our shaker sound new depth.

Lastly, let’s hear it in the context of the full mix.

~Full Mix – Shaker 2 (Processed With MTranformer)

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