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The dynamics processor that has been used for Kanye's vocals throughout the recording as well as for all his live performances is the Tube-Tech CL-1B. We are very pleased to have an artist of this importance on our users list - and much more so because Mr. West normally doesn't want to have his name connected to any specific piece of gear. In this case, however, he has agreed, and, in all modesty, we see that as a very important recognition of the Tube-Tech sound. Kanye West’s sound engineer is Noah Goldstein, who got the gig only 6 years after graduating from Temple University in Philadelphia, working in Electric Lady Studios with artists such as Arcade Fire, Steve Earle, Katy Perry and Danish act Kashmir in the meantime. Noah is responsible for all Kanye's vocal recordings and for a main part of the mixing and organizing Kanye's tracks for his records, as well as for live use.more
“The Universal Audio plug-ins are my bread and butter,” he says. “I use the UAD EMT 140 [Classic Plate Reverb], the Lexicon  Digital Reverb, and the Roland [RE-201] Space Echo. If drums or bass sound boring, UAD’s Fairchild 670 Compressor beefs stuff up and gives them character. Or the [Teletronix] LA2A plug-in on bass. Synths go straight to Pro Tools. Guitars and piano go to outboard effects like the hardware Space Echo, which I love for its unpredictability. I used a Manley Massive Passive EQ a lot too. The TubeTech CL-1B was the main vocal compressor. And I have a set of Lucas Limiting Amplifiers into a pair of Amtek Pultec PEQ-1A clones. That is a dummy-proof signal path. It’s hard to botch that.”more
It was a pretty simple setup: ADAT, Mackie mixer, mics, with one standout unit: the Tube-Tech CL 1B. This is a very sweet Danish tube compressor. I tracked everything though this unit, even if I only applied 1 dB of gain reduction. It made the record; sweetened the tracks and took the digital edge off that ADAT.more