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Friday, September 4, 2015
A-ha "Take On Me" Isolated Vocals
The rotoscoped music video was a huge hit on MTV back when the song was released in 1985, but you still hear this record played a lot on the radio. Here's what to listen for:
1. The vocal range of singer Morton Harket is pretty evident, as he goes from his full voice in a lower register to a strong falsetto with ease (and no punches, as far as I can tell).
2. There's a lot of grunts, sing alongs and breaths between phrases, which we'd probably clean up if the song was recorded today.
3. Listen to the medium length delayed reverb. It sounds like it's band-passed using a technique like the Abbey Road Reverb Trick. The song was actually recorded at Pete Townshend's Eel Pie Studios (sadly now defunct).
4. You can hear the the 100Hz test tone as the song begins at 0:21 if you listen on headphones.