Adding hats and getting the shakes
Spektre use a Roland TR-909 open hat sample to create Middle of Everywhere’s hi-hat part, with higher velocities applied to particular notes to accent them. A highshelf filter courtesy of Eiosis AirEQ is applied to give the hat a shimmering top-end, with a high-pass filter taking out the lows. “It kind of contradicts what I said about top end boosts, but they do sound nicer on AirEQ than EQ Eight!” Paul grins. Soundtoys EchoBoy is then applied to add an eighthnote ping-pong delay with some gentle Studio Tape saturation and LowCut filter.
Two shaker parts are used to supplement the rhythm’s top-end: a syncopated shaker and a shaker loop. The syncopated shaker’s high-end is toned down a little to give it more midrange presence and bite. To do this, the boys turn to Soundtoys Radiator, setting its Input and Outputs knobs to warm up the signal at the same time.