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New excellent (free) effect: Roth-AIR

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New excellent (free) effect: Roth-AIR

Postby Starship Krupa » Tue Jan 03, 2017 8:49 pm

If you record vocals or strings, go download this NOW:

http://www.danielrothmann.com/#software

It's a way to get that "air" that we usually hear with vocals. I know one way to do it, which is to dupe the track, put a tight boost of the "air" frequency with a parametric EQ, and then mix it back in as desired.

Roth-AIR is a winner. It tops that method of doing it. I would like to know just what processing he is doing to achieve this. I have the feeling that I will be using it on many tracks, although as with other exciter-y plugs, I also need to remember not to overuse it.

This demo shows what it can do:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_kBijBvHXQ
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Re: New excellent (free) effect: Roth-AIR

Postby elaw » Mon Jan 09, 2017 6:13 pm

It sounds to me like it's mostly boosting and compressing the treble.

Not unlike recording a cassette (remember those? :lol: ) with Dolby NR turned on, and playing it back with Dolby off.

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Re: New excellent (free) effect: Roth-AIR

Postby Starship Krupa » Wed Jan 11, 2017 1:01 am

elaw wrote:It sounds to me like it's mostly boosting and compressing the treble.

Not unlike recording a cassette (remember those? :lol: ) with Dolby NR turned on, and playing it back with Dolby off.


Yep, the old Dolby B pre-emphasis/de-emphasis. Which sometimes made commercially-duped tapes played on crappy tape players sound listenable. Not all the time. Sometimes.

Have a listen at it and let me know if you think it's doing what you think it's doing. It has knobs for threshold, frequency, mix, gain, and AIR, which is, I guess, "amount."

From this I suspect it's like it's some kind of expander, maybe? Like a de-esser in reverse? An "esser."

I'd love to have a starting point to figure out how it can be done with other processors. Just to hone my chops.
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Re: New excellent (free) effect: Roth-AIR

Postby Ianpb » Wed Jan 11, 2017 6:51 pm

So far, I've found it useful for manipulating the EQ on high frequency sounds after I get the best I can with the 32-band equaliser.

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Re: New excellent (free) effect: Roth-AIR

Postby Mark Bliss » Sun Jan 15, 2017 6:57 pm

I've been experimenting a little with a dynamic EQ, adding a high shelf boost and then applying some mild compression to just that frequency, setting the threshold to just knock the top off the louder peaks.

It seems to have a similar effect, still experimenting.
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Re: New excellent (free) effect: Roth-AIR

Postby bobbyathome » Thu Jan 19, 2017 6:47 pm

Thanks for the link. I got it and will be checking it out!


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