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Vocals and editing processing effects in Reason 10

This is a part of the blog of ”the making of the anthem” to EQLovesFestival 2018 in collaboration with Swedish Propellerhead Reason and Ehrlunds Michrophones.

I find it is very straightforward and easy to be creative with the vocal processing in Reason 10.

You can actually create the different automatics as you go, without pausing the song, which makes multitasking a dream come true. Good for me as I am used to that being a mother 🙂

I like the RV7000 MkII very much, aswell as the Echo plug in which is used in this project. The RV7000 is a convolution reverb which is a type of reverb that is using impulse responses to create the reverb which makes the reverb sound very realistic. I will go into the technic of how you can create an impulse response another time 😀 But for now I am using the bank that is in the RV7000, which is very good. Here I played with a couple of reverbs, and also a Cave-like reverb. Interesting…..

All the parameters can be automated. As you see in the video below. Sometimes you want the decay to increase in the end to maybe reverse it. Thats what I will do in my anthem! When It is finished you will see.

But for now you can look at the video and also listen to the sound recording of the second verse of my anthem, with lyrics by Sarah Hansson.

The vocals are recorded in 24/48 in Apollo 8 and Reason 10 which is a perfect match, and I am also toggling with ProTools.

Backing vocals are recorded with Ehrlunds microphone and lead with Neumann TLM 103 in conjunction with a tube preamp TL-Audio.

Heres the vocal test:

More about the plugins used for this session:

RV7000 MkII Advanced Convolution Reverb
Do you crave sophistication in reverberation? Look no further than the RV7000 MkII, Reason’s fantastic-sounding convolution reverb.

Explore what your music sounds like in any space with the expertly sampled library of rooms in Reason’s new RV700 MkII convolution reverb. This device embeds your sounds in the rich, transparent reverb that only the most sophisticated reverb machines are capable of. In short, it sounds amazing.

And despite its pro studio sound and million-dollar features, this machine is very easy to use. Your basic reverb controls are located on the main panel—for instant access and control—and the rest, eight separate knobs for algorithms and their parameters, can be accessed from a fold-out remote at the touch of a button.

The Reverb

With RV7000 MkII, Reason’s cornerstone reverb gets a powerful convolution engine. Simply access an expertly sampled library of rooms to add space and dimension to your music. Hear your tracks play back in spaces ranging from crawlspaces and bathrooms, to grand auditoriums, stairwells and more. Load any of the supplied impulse responses or create your own otherworldly reverb effects by sampling or loading your own impulse responses. Enhance your tracks, create musical atmosphere, and hear your music in a whole new way just by adding RV7000 MkII to your sound.

The EQ

Hitting the EQ switch on the front panel calls up a handy parametric and low shelving equalizer for additional tweaking of your reverberated signal. Combine this section with the HF Damp and HF Smooth knobs on the front panel, and be the master of your wet signal’s every frequency.

The Gate

Instead of having a traditional gate algorithm squeezed in with the others, the RV7000 MkII keeps its gate on the outside, letting you apply gating to any and all reverb types. Ever heard a gated Spring Reverb? You are also free to trigger the gate with CV or MIDI, and to record and automate it as you desire. Which is of course the case with all the knobs and parameters inside and and outside of the RV7000 MkII.

The Echo
Combining the perfection of digital with the warmth and character of vintage,
The Echo is the creative delay effect in the Reason Rack.

The Echo is an advanced stereo echo bringing together the brilliance of modern delays with the organic sounds of analog circuitry and old-school tape machines. The Echo is equal parts pristine stereo delay, sound sculpturing toolbox, and playable performance effect.

Delay

The Delay section contains settings for delay time, tempo sync, stereo width, and pitch. With Ping-Pong turned on the delayed signal bounces from left to right. Turning Offset up gives you a nice and wide stereo spread. Keep Pitch keeps the delay feedback in tune when modulating the delay time for bouncing ball effects.

In the Color section limiting, overdrive, distortion, or tube distortion is introduced to the repeats. The band pass filter lets you cut frequencies from the repeats and boost them when the resonance is turned up. Use the distortion and resonant filter together for tape echo-like sounds.

Modulation & trigging

Lastly, the Modulation section features parameters for modulating the pitch and stereo image of the echos. The envelope bends the repeats, causing them to wander up or down in pitch. The Wobble emulates a tape speed wobbling effect and the LFO modulates the pitch of the left and right channels independently, introducing stereo spread at moderate settings and completely warping the signal when turned up to full.

For further tweaking of the effect, try the Duck knob. Triggered by the incoming audio signal, it causes the repeats to duck like a side chain compressor.

The Trigger and Roll modes let you play The Echo as an instrument, creating stutter and repeat effects on the fly.

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