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So this is just a little housed-up re-interpretation of the classic but made with a ton of love. This song resonates more than ever now and those vocals sound incredible thanks to a unique audio processing chain that’s detailed below.
Beautiful warm chords courtesy of the wonderful Korg Triton plugin and the Studio Stage EP preset. This needed a bit more movement so I inserted Ableton Live’s Autopan device.
A comprehensive series of plugins enabled the vocal treatment to happen. The accapella I found online was super noisy and needed a ton of work. Take a look at the condensed Ableton Live effects rack below:
A staggering combination of 3 separate De-Essers was part of the process. Overkill? possibly, but each brought it’s own thing to the table. Let’s look at the effects in series..
Ableton EQ 8
This was used to reduce rumble in the low end and pull back some harshness in the highs and at around 1kHz.
Izotope RX7 Voice De-Noise
This literally took the hiss out of the performance. Some may say that the original had character with this but the original had a lot of instrumentation and was recorded in the same era. My version was super clean in comparison so I needed to get the vocal sitting better and de-noising was important.
This was set to reduce the space between phrases – almost dipping the reverb back. It also added another layer of noise taming.
Izotope Nektar 3
This was the first de-esser in the chain. The original vocal’s character was too sibilant for my production so I eased things back using this. Buy the plugin here – https://bit.ly/BuyNectar
Another one! Yep, maybe I didn’t set the previous one right but I felt I needed more! The Eiosis is a great plugin available in the Slate Digital All Access Pass.
Virtual Mix Rack
Here I took the fantastic ‘Pro Vocal’ preset and tweaked it. The combination of LA2 and 1176 compression really brought things into line with the new backing.
Softube Tape Echoes
I love this plugin and here it’s placed in series and automated in places to create a saturated dub delay to bridge elements in the arrangement. I’ve tried a lot of tape delay plugins and this one is the don – you can buy it here – https://bit.ly/BuyTapeEchoes
IK Multimedia TR5 De-esser
The third and final de-esser came from IK Multimedia thanks to my recent participation in the 25 year anniversary group buy!
TR5 Master EQ 432
What with that trinity of de-essing plugins prior I felt I needed to bring a little more hi-frequency energy back so this amazing mastering grade EQ from IK Multimedia worked a treat with a +5dB boost at 10kHz.