The most interpretive double tracking tip of the bunch, the Off-Time, out of line, approach (as I like to call it) is an excellent way of breathing new life into your records while letting your creativity run wild.
In this clip, I played the original descending bass part with a little Acoustic Shaper added to the mix for ambience, panning it almost completely to the left. For track two, which I panned almost completely to the right, I added a ‘Verb 65 to the mix to give the part some extra bite.
Now, to make this section of music a little more busy, percussive and interesting, both sparingly and methodically, I placed track one on loop and experimented with the sound. In the end, I played the second part very slightly off time to add a percussive element while resolving (or signing off) the part with a handful of notes that ascended rather than descended, creating melodic contrast.
By looping sections of your music to experiment and practice with this approach, you’ll be amazed at what you come up with—give it a little time and you’ll create endless amounts of musical magic with the Off-Time, out of line method.
The subtle and simple art of double tracking has a great deal of scope when it comes to adding vibrancy to simple recordings and demos.
By using these three definitive double tracking techniques to your advantage, testing various parts of your arrangements to see what make the most impact while letting your creativity lead the way, you’ll transform your tracks into living, breathing works of art time after time, after time.