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Studio One: 'Heroes' Effects With FX Chains

PreSonus Studio One Tips & Techniques
Published July 2018
By Larry the O

Screen 1: A loose recreation of Tony Visconti’s famous ‘Heroes’ gated reverb. Set up as a send effect, all signals pass through the small Room Reverb, most signals pass through the gate and into the medium room in the middle leg, and only the loudest sounds go through the large reverb on the right.Screen 1: A loose recreation of Tony Visconti’s famous ‘Heroes’ gated reverb. Set up as a send effect, all signals pass through the small Room Reverb, most signals pass through the gate and into the medium room in the middle leg, and only the loudest sounds go through the large reverb on the right.

Inspired by Tony Visconti’s famous gated room mic technique on 'Heroes', we look at how Studio One’s FX Chains can be used to set up complex dynamic effects.

Many people are familiar with producer Tony Visconti’s famous gated room mic technique, which gave the world the reverb sound heard on David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ lead vocal. Visconti set up three mics at different distances from Bowie, then gated the two more distant mics such that Bowie’s voice only triggered the distant mics’ gates when he sang louder.

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Published July 2018