Safety Harbor, FL (August 23, 2012)-Mix engineer Jeff Juliano recently used Metric Halo's ChannelStrip for mixing a single 'Champions' by O.A.R. and B.o.B that was released as part of Duracell's campaign to support the 2012 London Olympic Games.
"With most plug-ins, I end up having to put five other plug-ins behind it," said Juliano, who has worked with artists such as John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Train, Shinedown, O.A.R., Dave Matthews, Paramore and others. "When I find that I'm adding a compressor and then a filter bank and then something else on top of the first plug-in, it's because the first plug-in isn't really doing what I want it to do. Not so with ChannelStrip." ChannelStrip delivers a fully-featured gate, compressor and equalizer in every instance.
Because Juliano is a self-described freak about analog gear, his studio is loaded with outboard gear, both new and vintage, from manufacturers such as API, Neve, Manley, Empirical Labs and Inward Connections.
"ChannelStrip is so good that I often disable an analog send that isn't doing the job in favor of ChannelStrip," Juliano said. "The dynamics are reactive and the equalizer has air and warmth. ChannelStrip is useful both as an enhancement for tracks that are decent to begin with and as an emergency repair for tracks that have big problems."