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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Foo Fighters "Everlong" Isolated Drums And Vocals

This week we're going to listen to some modern tracks. Not that there's anything wrong with the golden oldies from the 60's, 70's and 80's, but it's nice to contrast those tracks against the modern production techniques of today.

Everlong is a single off the 2nd Foo Fighters album released in 1997. The isolated drum and vocal track illustrate a number of points:

1) Dave Grohl is really a great drummer. So is Taylor Hawkins, the Foo's drummer on everything after this record, but Dave shows you just what he's made of, since this is no easy pattern to play as steadily as he did (especially the kick drum part). I suspect there was at least some cut and pasting done here, since you can hear what seems to be a section dropped in between :27 and :34 and edits at 1:21 and again at 2:39.

2) The vocals are a great example of modern vocal production. They're almost perfect except for the female background being slightly out of time on the first chorus (not that you'd ever hear it when all the instruments are added). In fact, the lead vocal is about as perfect as you can get. There's not an out-of-tune note or a mis-phrase anywhere to be found.

3) The vocal sound is also an excellent example of modern production techniques, with the vocal not relying solely on reverb to give it some space. You hear a fair amount of a modulation (sounds like a Harmonizer detuned slightly up and down - always a great effect but not that new) as well as a subtle delay.





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2 comments:

Josef said...

Sweeeet. The drummer from the Foo Fighters is killing it! This is an awesome performance on Jimmy Kimmel. Taylor Hawkins - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeCyYm1YiW0&feature=player_embedded

Ninetwelve said...

This has always been one of my favorite foo fighters, or rock, tracks. Its one of the most dynamic, harmonically and otherwise, and interesting performances of the 90's.

This is a great clip- I had no idea the textures that were put into it. Its given me a lot to consider when working on my own mixes.

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