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Friday, June 5, 2015

Tears For Fears "Shout" Isolated Vocals

Tears For Fears Shout image
Tears For Fears "Shout" was a huge worldwide hit in 1985 and still enjoys widespread airplay on classic rock radio everywhere. The song was eventually released in 15 versions by the band, but the one with the isolated vocal track that we'll look at today was from an extended dance mix. Here's what to listen for:

1. The vocal has what sounds like a very bright AMS RMX16 reverb that sounds like it's set to the Non-linear preset so it sounds like there's a gate cutting off the tail.

2. TFF are known for their very precise recording techniques and usually don't let anything get by, but you can hear some iffy vocals especially at 0:48 on "violent" and also whenever there's a low note in the verse. You never hear it in the final mix, and that's what counts.

3. The chorus is doubled first by singer Roland Orzabal and then later with bandmate Curt Smith doing the counterpoint.

4. There's a lot of compression on the vocal, especially on the higher phrases, in order to keep the lower intensity phrases the same level as the higher ones.


1 comment:

Jay said...

This song was indelible at 17.


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