Hopewell Junction, NY (April 8, 2011)–Metric Halo’s ChannelStrip plug-in was used by producer and engineer Sterling Winfield on Hellyeah’s most recent album.
Winfield used the plug-in to record the vocals of frontman Chad Gray, focusing on subtracting frequencies to minimize conflicts with other instruments. Although there were many idiosyncratic uses that depended on Gray’s delivery in the context of the arrangement at a particular moment, Winfield generally removed energy between 200 and 600 Hz to open up the vocals. Mild compression applied the final polish. For the edgier parts, he leaned into ChannelStrip’s EQ to sharpen that edge. Instead of mild compression, he arranged the dynamics section to deliver near-brick-wall limiting.
“I’m not a big tech-head, and I don’t know the math or the algorithms, but I do know what sounds good and what sounds correct,” said Winfield. “A lot of plug-ins sound harsh and artificial, in a way that I’ve come to associate with artless digital technology. Metric Halo’s ChannelStrip is in a different class. It always sounds smooth, no matter what I’m using it on, and it gives things a ‘sheen’ in the same way that great analog gear does.”
Winfield gained notoriety early in his career for his contribution to Pantera’s 1994, Grammy-nominated release, Far Beyond Driven. Since then, his production and engineering work with Mercyful Fate, King Diamond, Pantera, Damageplan, Hellyeah and others has earned his work four Grammy-nominations, two RIAA-certified platinum releases, and five RIAA-certified gold releases.