I reviewed this production from the version on Rihanna's album 'Loud'. Here are some
credits from the CD sleeve:
Written by M.S. Eriksen, T.E. Hermansen, E. Dean,
T. Hale, A. Graham.
Music recorded by Mikkel S. Eriksen & Miles Walker.
Vocals recorded by Kuk Harrell, Josh Gudwin, Marcus Tovar and Noah '40' Shabib.
Mixed by Phil Tan.
Additional engineering by Damien Lewis.
Mastered by Chris
There's one slightly puzzling thing about this mix, which is that
there's some kind of vocal distortion component going on in the stereo Sides signal for
Drake's rap (in addition to the suspicion of springy reverb tail). I've noticed this kind
of thing going on in a number of mixes recently, and I've been speculating as to what's
causing it. My best guess at the moment is that it's the result of driving the vocal
through a stereo analogue unit and then returning the signal in stereo to the mix buss --
both channels of an analogue unit will of course add slightly different amounts of
additional harmonics and other analogue artefacts, creating a low-level Sides component
even for an apparently mono signal. (Incidentally, I think it's stereo-mismatched
low-level distortion characteristics that account for some of the extra width people hear
from analogue mastering/summing in general, and they aren't recreated too well in some of
the digital emulations of analogue gear I've heard.)
Anyone have any other
explanations to account for what's causing that vocal Sides signal distortion?
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Edited by Jennifer Jones (25/07/11 10:24 AM)