Processing Indica’s atmospheric vocal
Some tasteful processing in Logic Pro turns a dry vocal sample into something that sounds at home in a progressive tech-house banger
“We’ll go and search through a billion vocals until we find something we like, because we’ll want to build the rest of the melodies around the vocal rather than trying to make a vocal fit a melody” reveals Ben. The sample used in Indica is a haunting Rajasthani vocal from a sample pack that’s loaded onto an audio track in Logic.
Ben and Jon use Logic’s Channel EQ to roll off the frequency information in the sub 500Hz region, and boost the high end to brighten the sound. The vocal is then pitch-shifted down four semitones with Logic’s Pitch Shifter effect which gives it a deeper timbre.
“As with most things that we do, we used Valhalla Room to fill it out,” notes Jon. “That makes it fill a big room – if you listen, the vocal on its own doesn’t do much, but with that reverb on it, it really fills the space,” Ben adds.
Another section of the vocal is used to build up to the track’s drop: “We took some parts out of the vocal we found and faded them in, just to bring in the drop,” reveals Jon. This is layered with noise-based effects and percussive sounds to build intensity pre-drop.