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What is this effect?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Scottzilla, Feb 13, 2016.

  1. Scottzilla

    Scottzilla Active Member

    Hi all. I've been trying to figure out how this vocal effect was achieved for a while now. Does anybody have any ideas?

    edit: There was a very similar effect used for Dr. Ivanov in the X Files episode "War of the Coprophages", so I'm wondering if it isn't a preset on some '90s effects box or something.
  2. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Sounds like a close delay and an envelope follower. Samplitude has this function in both their reverb and delay plugins. Its pretty standard processing.
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  3. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    Pitch shift and distortion I'd say.
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  4. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    I'm hearing five elements... not necessarily in this order...

    1. tight delay
    2. some distortion/ can't tell whether it's bit distortion or tube overdrive emulation
    3. harmonizer/pitch shift combined with the dry signal
    4. reverb, but tucked back with a pre delay, maybe 80 - 100 ms?
    5. what we used to refer to as "futzing" or, the "phone" effect - using EQ, where you steeply roll off everything below 800-900hz and again above 3k ( or so), and then boost your upper mid range Q for that "hollow" sound effect.

    In EQ terminology, it's also referred to as a band-pass filter, but that doesn't describe this effect, it describes the process on how to get the effect. You can use band-pass on any bandwidth ( Q) across the spectrum.
    The one used here - I think, is a band pass with a very tight Q ( Q describes the width of the band(s) effected), and in this case, it's that upper mid range boost mentioned above.

    IMHO of course.

    On a side note... I'm always so impressed by the orchestral music used in simple cartoons. Certainly, this isn't new, anyone who has seen the old Warner Bros/Bugs Bunny "What's Opera Doc" cartoon knows this... but they still, to this day, usually provide some very cool instrumental backing to animations, It's just that most people who watch them don't notice it, although they would if it wasn't there... although I'd think that these days, they aren't using real orchestras anymore but more likley, most of it is done using samples.
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  5. Scottzilla

    Scottzilla Active Member

    Cool, thanks guys! <scurries off to try to recreate effect>

    Donny: I know what you mean about the old cartoon music
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  6. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    It was incredible, but I was also very impressed by what I heard in the Batman vid you posted above too, although I don't know how old that clip is...

    When I was younger and growing up, Spiderman was a cartoon in the 60's that I loved to watch, and the backing music to some of the scenes in the show were really very cool, jazzy orchestral stuff, it was scored by Ray Ellis, and you can tell they were played by some really talented studio cats... remember, this was the 60's, so no DAW's, no VSTi's, they went into a studio and used real session cats to record these soundtracks...

    The samba pattern the drummer is playing, and at this tempo, is awesome. I'm a fairly good drummer and I think I'd have to work on that quite a while before I could get it at that tempo, and even then I'm not sure I could do it perfectly. ... they're really cookin' on the tempo of the intro. Also, I love the swing groove that comes in @2:00:
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  7. Sean G

    Sean G Well-Known Member

    Looks like I'm on this thread for the next 1 hour 8 minutes and 16 seconds...
  8. Sean G

    Sean G Well-Known Member

    Most of the cartoons and childrens shows from that era in the 60s' had really good music, especially the Warner Bros cartoons from the 50's and 60's.

    I know this was one of your favorites too Donny...pardon the pun but the theme song reminds me of the Monkees

  9. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    Oh boy... that brings back memories... LOL
  10. Sean G

    Sean G Well-Known Member

    I had to laugh....Ali Assasine with the peregrine falcon on his head peering through binoculars...classic

    - That series must have had a massive peanut butter budget :D
  11. Scottzilla

    Scottzilla Active Member

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