I was inspired to meet Alexis Juliard who has the gift of singing beautifuly and has taken on a life style for healing and getting in touch with the inner spirit. He came into the studio with his green and orange vegetable and fruit smoothies and we talked and shared ideas about our journeys with music and yoga. Alexis Juliard had come prepared to sing the song “Cecile”, a cover from french singer Claude Nougaro. The studio was set up with ribbon mics custom made by Steven Sank (famed RCA mic technician) running through a Sebatron Axis and API 3124 Mic pre.
As it turned out the first recorded take had the feeling of the song we were looking for and we then set up the mix. The mix was done through our customized Trident board and to the Sony APR-5000 analog tape recorder. I had just gotten a demo of a plug-in I had never used before from the company Audified called the u73b Compressor. It’s a rather humble looking plugin that worked much better than I expected on both the vocal and guitar (in our DAW which is patched into the Trident analog board). It has a very natural sound that in this case allowed the vocal and guitar tracks to “breath” and does not color the sound. During the mix we ran the final mixed tracks through a Drawmer 1961 and then a Drawmwer 1968 for the final “glue”. We were both very impressed with the u73b Compressor.
As explained in the Audified site: The device was often used for mastering between 1960 and 1980. It is an all tube vary-mu compressor/limiter with adjustable release time option. We kept the circuit exactly as it was originally designed and only added input and output gain (before and right after compressor circuit) to help with proper adjustment of the compression. The plugin effect has been also supplemented with a VU meter and selectable side-chaining.
The Audified u73b Compressor has also been very useful for the upcoming Taiko Drum album from Ken Koshio and Shaman World Beat album from Dashmesh Singh and Alexis Holland. It excels at taming the average levels without disturbing the transients.
Play Cecile by Alexis Juliard
Some additional information about the artist: Alexis Juliard was born in Paris France, Alexis draws inspirations from Bob Marley, Al Green, Ben Harper, and Jack Johnson. After touring with the Grammy-nominated French Duo Les Nubians, he came to Arizona to reconnect with his essence as a healer and a yogi. His recent solo project aims at relaxing and rejuvenating his audience with Sound.