Main Forums >> Production - Mixing, Mastering, Gear & Techniques
        Print Thread

Pages: 1
Mike Senior
SOS Mix Specialist


Joined: 08/08/03
Posts: 1400
Loc: Cambridge, UK
Cheryl: 'Call My Name'
      #1030552 - 26/01/13 01:54 PM
The bass at 0:34 in this track has got to be one of the most punchy and solid-sounding synths I’ve heard in a long time — an absolute stunner! However, its power base isn’t the sub-bass region (the kick’s 47Hz foundation rules the roost there), because its fundamental isn’t actually its strongest component. The first harmonic is considerably more powerful, hammering the 100-160Hz zone for maximum subjective ‘bassiness’ while leaving the subs tighter than Cheryl’s hotpants. Above this, the sawtooth waveform’s regularly spaced harmonics pack out the low mid-range spectrum until at least 350Hz, delivering superlative small-speaker illusion, while the open filter, absence of multi-oscillator layering/detune and severe mono image all contribute to zippy mid-range cut-through. Finally, a little experimentation with a high-pass filter quickly confirmed my impression that the instrument’s high end is curtailed above about 3kHz, a move which staves off any undignified plasticky fizziness, as well as protecting the prime vocal-transmission frequencies for the former Mrs Cole. Definitely a contender for my own personal reference collection.

--------------------
Recording Secrets for the Small Studio
Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio.


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator     Back to top
Mike Senior
SOS Mix Specialist


Joined: 08/08/03
Posts: 1400
Loc: Cambridge, UK
Re: Cheryl: 'Call My Name' new [Re: Mike Senior]
      #1030553 - 26/01/13 01:55 PM
I listened to this one off the Now 82 compilation, so here are some credits from Wikipedia:

Writing, Production, Programming, Mixing: Calvin Harris
Engineering: John Gudwin

Listening back to it, one thing that strikes me is that the lower-register harmony vocals in the choruses are actually rather unusual. (If you can't hear them that clearly, try soloing the stereo Sides signal.) They're a lot more densely voiced and dissonant than I'd expect of typically pop BVs, and I think they do rather a good job of thickening up the vocal texture as a result, because they'd don't blend into the backing as much. An interesting texture to investigate if you have a special interest in vocal arrangements.

For more critiques of commercial productions, browse The Mix Review Index.

--------------------
Recording Secrets for the Small Studio
Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio.


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator     Back to top
Jack Is Sound



Joined: 02/03/11
Posts: 28
Loc: United Kingdom
Re: Cheryl: 'Call My Name' new [Re: Mike Senior]
      #1031220 - 30/01/13 05:26 PM
Calvin Harris huh? Interesting. I think it's an absolute killer pop song, and a great mix too.


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator     Back to top
Pages: 1

Rate this thread

Jump to

Extra Information
6 registered and 23 anonymous users are browsing this forum.

Moderator:  David Etheridge, James Perrett, zenguitar, Martin Walker, Hugh Robjohns, Zukan, Frank Eleveld, SOS News Editor 
Forum Permissions
      You cannot start new topics
      You cannot reply to topics
      HTML is enabled
      UBBCode is enabled
Rating:
Thread views: 11850

November 2014
On sale now at main newsagents and bookstores (or buy direct from the
SOS Web Shop)
SOS current Print Magazine: click here for FULL Contents list
Click image for November 2014
DAW Tips from SOS

 

Home | Search | News | Current Issue | Tablet Mag | Articles | Forum | Subscribe | Shop | Readers Ads

Advertise | Information | Privacy Policy | Support | Login Help

 

Email: Contact SOS

Telephone: +44 (0)1954 789888

Fax: +44 (0)1954 789895

Registered Office: Media House, Trafalgar Way, Bar Hill, Cambridge, CB23 8SQ, United Kingdom.

Sound On Sound Ltd is registered in England and Wales.

Company number: 3015516 VAT number: GB 638 5307 26

         

All contents copyright © SOS Publications Group and/or its licensors, 1985-2014. All rights reserved.
The contents of this article are subject to worldwide copyright protection and reproduction in whole or part, whether mechanical or electronic, is expressly forbidden without the prior written consent of the Publishers. Great care has been taken to ensure accuracy in the preparation of this article but neither Sound On Sound Limited nor the publishers can be held responsible for its contents. The views expressed are those of the contributors and not necessarily those of the publishers.

Web site designed & maintained by PB Associates | SOS | Relative Media