It is too easy to get lost in the sauce regarding sound design. Producers go cross-eyed, scrolling through presets, our brains turn to mush as we endlessly tweak parameters, and we go out of a studio session having never really made any meaningful progress toward creating an awesome synth patch.

But it would seem that KHIVA has found the recipe for success in staying focused and progressing sound design to achieve the best possible result. So ahead of the release of her latest self-released EP, ‘Misplaced Apathy,’ we invited her on to break down how she approaches sound design into four stages and sounds fantastic doing so. 

“It may sound cliche, but when it comes to processing a sound to find it’s rightful sound in my productions, I find distortion tools invaluable in their ability to offer endless possibilities in how you can shape a sound to fit the track and your style.

My go-to over the past couple of years has been the Waves Manny Marroquin Distortion Plugin. As someone who takes quite a ‘tactile’ approach to music production, this one has been a favorite for its simple yet effective layout and options. Here are 4 interchangeable stages of utilizing distortion in a project to achieve my desired result, but these points could also be applied to various tools!” – KHIVA

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