Nashville, TN (October 7, 2014)—Engineer Billy Decker has been using Metric Halo’s ChannelStrip plug-in on radio-friendly mixes for a who’s who of country music talent.
Decker scored his first number-one single in 2006 with Rodney Atkins’ “If You’re Going Through Hell,” which is among the first number-one country songs to be mixed entirely in Pro Tools and bounced to disc. He recently celebrated his eighth number-one single with Parmalee’s “Carolina.” Decker has used ChannelStrip on all of his number-one songs, and recently added Metric Halo’s Production Bundle plug-in collection.
“I once found myself in a situation without ChannelStrip, and I tried to mix anyway,” Decker laughed. “It didn’t work. The mix sounded terrible, and I won’t ever try it again. ChannelStrip is absolutely indispensible to everything I do.”
Apart from handling all of his routine and unusual equalization tasks, Decker uses ChannelStrip for vocal compression. “I typically run three or four instances of ChannelStrip to get multiple compressors going at the same time,” he said. “Each compressor does a little bit, and in a different way, so that in the end, I get a vocal that’s locked right in your face and that requires almost no gain riding. Recently, I’ve started adding ChannelStrip’s limiter at the end, which gives me a little bit more control and smooths out the top end.”