Oli, I really love your work on the All I Need To Hear live performance video. Can you talk about using an sm7b on it and what eq/other processing you used to get the vocals to sound so clear?
Thank you for the kind words! Matty’s vocal is live in the room with the band and there’s a lot of spill from the drum kit onto his mic.
I used RX (music rebalance) to pull the drums down a few dB on the vocal mic - although we wanted to keep a room-heavy kit sound, this let me have a bit more control of the vocal. I do this quite a lot in live album mixes, it can really help.
Chain is SM7b > 1073 and through a tubetech compressor (sorry I dont have a recall for that to hand but it was doing 3/4 dB reduction with a fairly slow attack and quick release).
There’s a bit of an EQ, then UAD LA2a and soothe2. Sends are are a UAD EMT140 and echoboy (thats doing a slap delay). Attaching screenshots for all of these!
Thank you so much for the really detailed response! I’ve been doing a lot of research lately on using the sm7b for these kind of live performance recordings so this is very helpful! How much compression is the La-2a doing? And is there much automation on the vocal?