Used on Lovato's vocals for Clean Bandit's "Solo", as stated by mix engineer Mark Ralph in this November 2018 *Sound on Sound* interview. An image of the settings for "Demi LV AT.03" can be found [here](https://dt7v1i9vyp3mf.cloudfront.net/styles/news_large/s3/imagelibrary/I/IT_11_18_09A-reD0DNe_sau0xG3jUuWEn_chnIL6Opyf.jpg). > “We also have Avid’s Smack! on Demi’s lead vocal. Normally the Waves CL76 is a go-to in-the-box compressor for me, but Smack still gets me an effect that’s most like an outboard compressor. It is really good at detecting pops, and de-essing in a very light way. When I have the vocal on the desk, it will go through my outboard compressor, and sometimes also desk compression. I will err on the side of caution because I know that it will be irreversible by the time I go in the box. When I am in the box and want to hear the vocals really right up front, I will put on Smack! on a more extreme setting, in this case an attack of 5.9 and a ratio of 6:1. The main lead vocal tracks have sends to the two reverb and delay aux tracks lower down the session, where you can see that I completely cut the reverbs and delay in a couple of places, which is a DJ trick: filtering a whole mix in and out."more
you can get lost in how cool smack's dynamics processing sounds, however its a pretty extreme effect and easy to overuse and for that reason I recommend it only to old-heads with mad compression skills. I actually leave this one alone a lot of the time because its just so potentially destructive on a bus. I almost always audition it on a mix bus or on a parallel bus though. I mean, you cans et it up to be mellow but it gets more generic if you do sow hat's the point? Oh yeah, it has pretty tweakable saturation, its nice to be able to vary the harmonic content but again, tis pretty extreme.... like if you are dicking with smack on a mix one night when you listen the next morning you are going to want to take it off or dial it back substantially.... its easy to overdo this one.