Safety Harbor, FL (July 7, 2014)—Eric Racy has used Metric Halo’s ChannelStrip on every song he has mixed since discovering the plug-in four years ago.
“ChannelStrip is incredible,” says Racy, who is also half of boutique analog signal processing manufacturer Black Box Analog Design. “I’ve used it on every single mix since I discovered it. Although I go out of the box for EQ sweetening on a few critical channels, everything else that needs equalization gets Metric Halo’s ChannelStrip. In fact, those critical channels often get ChannelStrip, too.”
Racy, who has mixed Robin Thicke, Lil’ Wayne, Pharrell and Busta Rhymes, along with dozens of other artists, combs through each channel, carefully listening for unpleasant resonances and low or high frequency content that can be filtered out. He uses ChannelStrip to then notch out the resonances and filter the unnecessary extremes.
For vocals, Racy often automates the notch frequency to keep the resonance from peeking out when the vocalist changes his or her mouth shape. “The results are well worth the effort,” he says. “Nothing else I’ve found can compare with this technique.”
Racy also took Metric Halo on the road to handle Pro Tools playback on the Katy Perry “Prismatic World Tour.” “Metric Halo plug-ins formed one of the essential components of my mobile rig; ChannelStrip of course, but also Metric Halo’s Character plug-in. Given everything they can do, the Metric Halo plug-ins are very efficient and wouldn’t drain DSP resources on my native rig.”