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HowTo: Duran Duran - All You Need Is Now Vocal Distortion

Postby Debaser » Wed Jan 11, 2012 6:46 am

Hi!

I wonder how the fine distortion is made in the song "How Soon Is Now".
I've heard this effect on several new releases. I've experimented
a lot with distortion myself, making industrial-like music. But this
is a soft distortion effect, which doesnt sound like a guitar
distortion. What is a bit similar is the Compressor in Logic when
switched to soft-clipping. But that one is not strong enough. Switched
hard clipping is too strong.

How is this sound made? Tube Preamps? Tube Compressors?
And I like to reproduce it live. Does anybody know a good
mic and preamp/distortion box/compressor combination
to use vocal distortion live? I've tested already guitar
distortion boxes and mic with a switch, which is not a
good solution. When I hear distortion then a lot
of feedback appears. Are there better ways to get
distortion on vocals?

Here's a link to the song at simfy for free listening:
http://www.simfy.de/artists/72102-Duran-Duran/albums/873054-All-You-Need-Is-Now

Greetings
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Re: HowTo: Duran Duran - All You Need Is Now Vocal Distortion

Postby S G H Houbart » Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:59 am

Well it sounds like very subtle use of ring modulation (Dalek voice) to me.
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Re: HowTo: Duran Duran - All You Need Is Now Vocal Distortion

Postby Debaser » Fri Jan 13, 2012 5:18 am

Thanks for the advice. Ringmodulation is an interesting effect too.
I just tried the rinmodulator in Audacity. When I use like 30 hz
it sounds more like a tremolo. Mixed with clean vocals the effect is really
similar. With higher frequencies >100 hz then a
second frequency appears which is a little disturbing. I could tune
it to the tune of a song. But thats not what I'm looking for.
I will try the ringmodulator in logic which is more versatile.
Maybe a mix of clean vocals, compressor distortion and little
ringmodulator will do the trick. Of course its very subtle,
but I like it.
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