Digital restoration technology, as it has advanced over the years, has been a Godsend as it's been refined, and my engineers like David Lawrence and Richard Moore know what software works best for certain situations.
On a recent project we just wrapped up, (but is not released yet), we put the male vocals (not Jim Reeves) through a plugin which is a virtual vintage mixing console channel, complete with black chicken head knobs, not faders. It mimics an old tube style console of years past to warm up vocals or whatever you put through it. That fattened up the vocals a bit.
There had been strings on the original but I added new, higher strings. We panned these a bit to the opposite ear from the original to widen it and take the emphasis off the originals (which were just low strings that didn't sound all that great).
So now when you listen to the finished tracks the strings take up more space, widening the mix more and livening it up. It made everything brighter.
I also EQed the vocals and brought the singer more forward, which has become the signature style of my producing work. I believe in helping great singers be heard better than they have been before. Despite adding new instrumentation I always make sure the singer is the star.
A lot of what we do in producing new CD releases that are based on old analog recordings is to utilize digital techniques that mimic the old days. So it's really a synthesis of two eras.
There is so much more involved in making these projects sound as good as they do than what most people realize.
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