Hey Jude compression

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2018/12/03 22:32:08 (permalink)

Hey Jude compression

I was listening to "Hey Jude" today and Paul's vocal sounds very compressed to me.  I think I can hear him "working" the mic, and of course he has great singing technique, but besides that I think I hear a fairly heavy compressed vocal.  What do you guys think?  What settings would you use to imitate it?

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    Wayfarer
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    Re: Hey Jude compression 2018/12/04 01:23:20 (permalink)
    With most people 4:1 at -10 or -12, but Paul was a bit of a screamer at times, so maybe as much as 8:1 at -12. The rest of the settings are hard to say.
     
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    Re: Hey Jude compression 2018/12/04 03:21:22 (permalink)
    Wayfarer
    With most people 4:1 at -10 or -12, but Paul was a bit of a screamer at times, so maybe as much as 8:1 at -12. The rest of the settings are hard to say.
     
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    That's a good starting place.  Thanks!

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    Re: Hey Jude compression 2018/12/04 15:45:29 (permalink)
    Engineer Geoff Emerick always used the Fairchild 660 limiter on vocals and drums. Backing tracks and Paul’s bass were processed with the EMI-modified RS124 Altec compressor. With a fixed attack time and six-position recovery switch, the Altec had a unique Hold control. 
     
    Abbey Road engineer Norman Smith's favorite compressor for recording and mixing was the old Altec 436C
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    Geoff Emerick:
    Geoff's favorite compressor was the stereo Fairchild 670. It was nothing like the Altec, being very subtle in nature, unless pushed (as on Revolver) and then it gave a "sound" that we all know from thousands of mixes from the 1960's and beyond....A clean one is worth around $25,000.00 these days
     

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    Re: Hey Jude compression 2018/12/04 16:33:17 (permalink)
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    Geoff Emerick:




    if anyone hasn't read his book yet, do so, it's a great read https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geoff_Emerick#Here,_There_and_Everywhere

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    Re: Hey Jude compression 2018/12/05 01:31:10 (permalink)
    Thanks BB.  I did not know about the Altec.

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    Re: Hey Jude compression 2018/12/05 08:28:49 (permalink)
    Apparently Hey Jude was recorded at London's Trident Studios to take advantage of their new 8-track machine that EMI (i.e. Abbey Road) had not yet caught up with. But when they played back the mix at Abbey Road, the EQ was all wrong and took a lot of correcting so they didn't use Trident again after that.

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    Re: Hey Jude compression 2018/12/05 16:37:30 (permalink)
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    Apparently Hey Jude was recorded at London's Trident Studios to take advantage of their new 8-track machine that EMI (i.e. Abbey Road) had not yet caught up with. But when they played back the mix at Abbey Road, the EQ was all wrong and took a lot of correcting so they didn't use Trident again after that.


    Excellent point (and one I had forgotten).  Thanks!

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