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Chris lord alge

I have taken the very best settings which I use in my everyday mixes and crafted them into this chain. You may think that the bass sounds bright when you solo it, but once you put the heavy guitars on, it always seems dull all of a sudden. It works great on all styles of singers and, best of all, they will want that sound every time! It was all about balancing, which is a big deal. There's no global leakage clean-up plug-in; you have to manually go through things, and that can take time, although most of the time the engineers of the producers of the tracks that I mix are really good and they will have prepped the file well. No matter what song you have, you have to help it to build.

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Famously, Chris Lord-Alge mixes tend to sound particularly hard-hitting and in-your-face. After we get the file in, I review the possible comp scenarios with my two assistant engineers. You have to make each move more dramatic, and dynamics are judged by ear, not so much by level. It's like plugging a nice Les Paul into a Marshall stack or a great tube amp. With 48-track digital tape there's nothing hidden and you know everything is there. It also works amazingly on the string sub bus. It's more a matter of making sure that the guitars are bright enough in the track.

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Chris lord alge

It's a bit like finding the sweet spot with the drawbars on a B3. I prefer it simple with a small keyboard and a computer that you probably couldn't even run a modern video game on. They then prep the file, getting rid of all the crud, hums and noises and so on, and they also comp with the balance they think I'm after. There were 26 Pro Tools tracks of huge marching snares and rooms and ambience, which we called the March. If you look back at Sgt Pepper's, everything was comped, four tracks on four tracks. When you clean up the audio files you have to make sure that you cut and tail things off in a musical way.

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I also did some de-essing with the Dbx 263x. When you know where your outboard is, you can begin with your favourite compressor. The recall, the compressor and gate, the way the channel strip is laid out, the ease of automation with a very simple computer that just does faders and mutes. All these effects are tough to beat. Sure, the G-series had a bigger keyboard, but for automation you don't really need to be able to type letters to anybody! When I hear a song, after the first minute I know what effect I want and yes, most of these units are set to one sound. There were also six tracks of Ensemble rooms, reduced to a stereo pair, plus four tracks of cymbal overdubs that we comped to tracks 15 and 16. Even if you run them in auxes as well as channel inserts, you could end up instantiating quite a few of these in a mix, but to manage resources more efficiently, a little Automation could allow one instance to serve double or triple duty, dialing up just the right effect or setting in different parts of the song.

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If everything is parked in the same place, all you have to worry about is the song. If he finds himself regularly using an additional setting, he tends to buy another copy of the same box for that purpose. I have not found anything better. It's the nature of a beast that's 20 years old. Think different One of the first things you may notice with these plug-ins is that the controls are not calibrated with the usual measurements—dBs, Hertz, milliseconds, etc. It's either left, right, or centre. It's a sound that's been around for a while, and it works really well.

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Chris lord alge

We made a duplicate of the Ensemble, 16 tracks to a stereo pair 1-2 and the Ensemble rooms 5-6 , because we needed to do an edit for the single version of the song. Chris Lord-Alge has an uncanny knack for making rock tracks both hard-hitting and hit-parade-friendly. I use it in conjunction with the console. But I try to make my panning extreme, so it jumps out at the sides. His impressive collection of compressors were modelled by plug-in companies such as Waves Plug-ins with whom he collaborated to create his own line of plug-ins. The best way to examine the ins and outs of Lord-Alge's mix approach in detail is to take apart his mix of one particularly successful song.

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