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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

"Ticket To Ride" Isolated Vocals

The rest of the week we'll dedicate to analyzing vocal tracks and the first stop is The Beatles "Ticket To Ride." As with all Beatle's tracks, you just have to marvel at how well seasoned they are thanks to the many years of gigging before they began recording. Here are some things to listen for:

1) Notice how tight the vocals are with both Lennon and McCartney singing the vocal together at the same time. They have a few inconsistencies phrasing-wise, but you can tell that most of the tightness has come from long hours of singing with one another.

2) Listen to the distortion as the compressor begins to work. The more compressed, the more distorted it becomes. Given the state of studio monitoring at the time, chances are no one in the studio heard it, and if they did, they couldn't do much about it anyway if they wanted to use the compressor (which was probably a Fairchild or an Altec).

3) The vocals are dead dry, which is unusual for the time when a vocal swimming in verb was the norm.

4) Check out the George's lead guitar fill at the ends of the bridges. The second one at 2:10 has a mis-fingered note, not that it ever bothered anyone before.

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joes said...


(thanks for sharing this with us!
loved you engineer & mixing books,
waiting for the producer-one!)

Is it possible that the distortion came from the tube-preamp that was overdriven in the louder parts?


Bobby Owsinski said...

Yes, it's possible the tube preamp could've been overloaded. Of course, there are tubes in the compressor too.


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