Vocal distortion with CamelCrusher
Alex uses Camel Audio’s no-longer-available CamelCrusher to distort and filter the pitched-up vocal cut. “The filter’s really good on the distortion. I used the filter on the first bit [of the vocal] because it was piercing through quite a lot – without it, it’s got that really tinny high end. I could have EQ’d it out but I like the filter sound on this, especially when you’re distorting it a lot. The distortion makes it crisp, and cuts through.
Having sorted out the octave-up ‘you’ vocal on one track, he applies the same processing to the rest – pitched up a further five semitones – on the track below. “I originally had it going throughout, and it sounded a bit repetitive, so I bounced it out and had the octave below as well for a call-and-repeat effect. I just bounced out the whole high track, shifted it down an octave using SoundShifter and squashed it again with CamelCrusher. It sounds really dirty, but great in the track.”
Alex uses the discontinued CamelCrusher plugin to filter and distort the vocal chops