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Zola Jesus - «Exhumed»

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«Exhumed» has been co-produced, engineered and mixed by Alex DeGroot

Vox-Lead

Hardware

Hardware

Vocal Chain

Peluso P67 Microphone > Rupert Neve Designs 511 Preamp > Inward Connections The Brute Limiter > MOTU 16A Converter > Pro Tools > BF76 Compressor > EQ3 7-Band

RND 511 Preamp

Trim: -1.2dB
Gain: 42dB
HPF: 84dB
Silk On, Texture set to Max

Inward Connections Brute

Gain Reduction: 5.5dB
Output Level: 13dB
250Hz HPF: On

BF-76

BF-76

Input: ≈ -28dB
Output: -15dB
Attack set to slowest setting and Release set to fastest setting
Ratio: 4:1

EQ3 7-Band

EQ3 7-Band

Q: 6dB/oct
Freq: 125 Hz
Q: 6dB/oct
Freq: 8 kHz
Q: 1.00
Freq: 311 Hz
Gain: -6dB
Q: 2.00
Freq: 600 Hz
Gain: -3dB
Q: 1.00
Freq: 1.25 kHz 
Gain: -6dB
Q: 1.00
Freq: 2.24 kHz
Gain: -6dB
Q: 1.00
Freq: 6 kHz 
Gain: -9dB

Vocal Reverb Chain:

Info

Aux Send on Lead Vocal track (set to +1.5dB) > Vocal Reverb Aux Channel > EQ3 7-Band > Native Instruments RC48 Reverb > EQ3 7-Band

EQ3 7-Band (Pre Reverb)

EQ3 7-Band (Pre Reverb)

Q: 6dB/oct
Freq: 400 Hz
Q: 6dB/oct
Freq: 3 kHz

RC-48 Reverb

RC-48 Reverb

Large Church preset modified to have no Diffusion or Predelay

EQ3 7-Band (Post Reverb)

EQ3 7-Band (Post Reverb)

Q: 6dB/oct
Freq: 100 Hz
Q: 6dB/oct
Freq: 5 kHz
Q: 1.00
Freq: 350 Hz
Gain: -7.5dB
Q: 1.00
Freq: 855.6 Hz
Gain: -3dB
Q: 1.00
Freq: 1.33 kHz 
Gain: -6dB
Q: 10.00
Freq: 3 kHz
Gain: -3dB
Q: 1.00
Freq: 3 kHz 
Gain: -3dB

Vocal Echo Chain:

Info

Aux Send on Lead Vocal track (Set to -15dB) > Vocal Echo Aux Channel > EQ3 7-Band > Soundtoys Echoboy

EQ3 7-Band (Pre Reverb)

EQ3 7-Band (Pre Reverb)

Q: 6dB/oct
Freq: 600 Hz 
Q: 6dB/oct
Freq: 10 kHz

Echoboy

Echoboy

Echo Time: 1/8 dot
Feedback: 0.40
Style: Studio Tape

Important

The Vocal Echo channel was also feeding into the Vocal Reverb channel via a send set to 0dB

Mix Bus Chain:

Info

MOTU 16A > Thermionic Culture Little Red Bustard 16 Channel Tube Summing Mixer > TK Audio BC501 Compressor > TK Audio TK-lizer 500 EQ > Apogee Rosetta 200 Converter

Little Red Bustard

Air: 3
Attitude: 3
Gain: 0dB

TK BC501

Threshold: -2dB
Make-up Gain: 6.5dB
Blend: 5.5
Ratio: 4:1
Attack: 10ms
Release: 50ms
HPF: Off

TK-lizer

M/S: On
HPF: 25Hz
Shape: Bell
Gain: -1.5dB
Freq: 255 Hz
Gain: -2dB
Freq: 400Hz
HPF: 100Hz

+ addition from Alex DeGroot

addition

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Oh, one other detail that maybe someone will find interesting: it was recorded in a rented house on the shore of Lake Superior in northern Minnesota in the middle of winter. It was a great environment for inspiration, but not very good for acoustics. The sound reflected off all the glass windows and the waves of the lake are audible in the background of some of the vocal tracks. I guess everything ended up sounding alright in the end though! Here's a picture of my gear set up in the space where we recorded.


  1. Always remember that these presets are not 100% suitable for your vocal abilities. 

  2. This material has been published for informational purposes only. 


Last update: August 24, 2022

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