I went to Miner Street, home of Weathervane Music and the Shaking Through music series to talk with Brian McTear about creating a unique vocal effect that is a part of the inspiration of the recording day.
It is important for inspiration to stay in tact with the music, and using a vocal reverb long after the musicians have left the studio may not have the same impact as creating a reverb or effect on the day. Group participation is key, and when you create an effect using pedals that the musicians bring in that day, then it will always be a unique sound.
The crew at Weathervane Music create and perform their own vocal effects all the time, and it’s a way that they can make each session unique to them and the artists they record.
The vocal effect starts out by using a reamp device, such as a reamp box or a rack mount reamp box. Then the signal goes into the Roland Space Echo, and then into a series of pedals such as delays, chorus, and tremolo. The tremolo is a stereo pedal that feeds left and right channels out to a pair of amps in the live room. The amps are set with the built in spring reverb all the way up, and volume at a medium low volume. These amps are recorded with a pair of ELA M 260 SDC microphones. The microphones go into a preamp, and back into the recording DAW.