Char­lie’s top-end ex­cite­ment trick

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46:33As well as us­ing a de-esser to smooth out harsh highs, Char­lie re­veals a se­cret for sheen and sparkle. “An ex­citer can be nicer than EQ, as it dis­torts the top end and gives a mushy, crunchy, smooth top end – like hard­ware.”

He likes ei­ther the Ozone 7 Ex­citer (in Tube or Tape mode), or the UAD Ver­tigo VSM-3. “I keep the per­cent­age of the mix low, but crank the amount, then pull back the wet/dry mix to only 5-10%. An EQ will make it sharper and spikier, but this method crushes the tran­sients at those fre­quen­cies that’ll hurt your ears.”

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