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What do you hear in this vocal?

Post by mjau » Wed Oct 07, 2020 2:48 am

https://youtu.be/qFE-QaAyXMU

I’m curious if anyone can pick up any clues on the type of compression on Alexi Murdoch’s vocal in this song. Or any other thoughts regarding the vocal...eq, mic family, etc. I’m really taken by how three-dimensional it sounds.

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Re: What do you hear in this vocal?

Post by digitaldrummer » Wed Oct 07, 2020 6:16 am

sounds very dry (i.e. no verb or delays, etc.)
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Re: What do you hear in this vocal?

Post by vvv » Wed Oct 07, 2020 2:48 pm

IMO, rather heavy compression ...

He's either close on a condensor or using a tube mic because artifacts ...
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Re: What do you hear in this vocal?

Post by Burnt Ernie » Thu Oct 08, 2020 3:25 pm

Tube mic/Ribbon singing quiet,too close to the diaphragm-you can hear it folding. Tone is nice,minus the folding thing. Dry. I love dry. Sounds like something hit front end of input a tiny bit too hard. Maybe it was tweaked to sound that way. Dunno. Tiny bit less "folding" ,and a little bit more air/headroom would be my thing.
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Re: What do you hear in this vocal?

Post by mjau » Fri Oct 09, 2020 11:24 am

Is the folding like a distortion you hear generally, or does it happen at specific times?

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Re: What do you hear in this vocal?

Post by Recycled_Brains » Tue Oct 13, 2020 2:00 pm

Could just as easily be an SM7. It's pretty dark, so a LDC wouldn't be my first guess.

I'm actually not hearing a ton of obvious compression, but that could just be because the engineer used a comp that stays out of the way.

It's all pretty clean

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Re: What do you hear in this vocal?

Post by vvv » Tue Oct 13, 2020 5:49 pm

Recycled_Brains wrote:
Tue Oct 13, 2020 2:00 pm
Could just as easily be an SM7. It's pretty dark, so a LDC wouldn't be my first guess.

I'm actually not hearing a ton of obvious compression, but that could just be because the engineer used a comp that stays out of the way.

It's all pretty clean

Also, holy Nick Drake worship.
Ha! We are 180 degrees apart there ... :twisted:
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Re: What do you hear in this vocal?

Post by Recycled_Brains » Tue Oct 13, 2020 6:00 pm

vvv wrote:
Tue Oct 13, 2020 5:49 pm
Recycled_Brains wrote:
Tue Oct 13, 2020 2:00 pm
Could just as easily be an SM7. It's pretty dark, so a LDC wouldn't be my first guess.

I'm actually not hearing a ton of obvious compression, but that could just be because the engineer used a comp that stays out of the way.

It's all pretty clean

Also, holy Nick Drake worship.
Ha! We are 180 degrees apart there ... :twisted:
:hammer: :wink:
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Re: What do you hear in this vocal?

Post by mjau » Wed Oct 14, 2020 4:13 pm

Recycled_Brains wrote:
Tue Oct 13, 2020 2:00 pm
Also, holy Nick Drake worship.
True! I’m just as guilty.

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Re: What do you hear in this vocal?

Post by Recycled_Brains » Thu Oct 15, 2020 8:54 am

mjau wrote:
Wed Oct 14, 2020 4:13 pm
Recycled_Brains wrote:
Tue Oct 13, 2020 2:00 pm
Also, holy Nick Drake worship.
True! I’m just as guilty.

Could do A LOT worse. :wink:
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Re: What do you hear in this vocal?

Post by Nick Sevilla » Thu Oct 15, 2020 5:28 pm

The vocal is sung softly.

I hear an LA2A compressor.
I hear DeEssing.
I also hear, possibly, a tube mic.

Two tubes on the signal chain can give you this "woolly" sound, where the consonants get distorted, like a gentle overdrive.

Notice all hard consonants. Notice the drawn out vowels, they also sometimes give a slight distortion, although not sure what it might
be, as I have recorded people who have that sort of vocal texture, slightly raspy, but also not "rough". Usually people over 30 who exhibit
this sort of vocal tonality. From age. ;)

I hear almost no reverb, they might have used the same as the instruments to blend the vocal in a bit, but it is far back. Cannot really tell more from
the streaming "quality" of YooBoooooob.

I'd ask the engineers:

https://www.allmusic.com/album/towards- ... 98/credits

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Re: What do you hear in this vocal?

Post by digitaldrummer » Fri Oct 16, 2020 6:29 am

if I was going to try to repro something like this I'd start with a tube mic (U47 style maybe) and a 1073-style pre, but not driving it.

as mentioned earlier also very dry - but not just the absence of added verb. it sounds like it was recorded in a booth or a very dead room. I don't really hear any room sound. its very tight.
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Re: What do you hear in this vocal?

Post by mjau » Sat Oct 17, 2020 8:43 pm

Thanks, y’all. This has helped. I’ve been drawn in to a lot of Alexi’s stuff lately, and really like how he seems to write to his voice’s strengths. And how the recordings do well to capture it.

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