Mentioned by FOH engineer Dan Green in this *AudioTechnology* magazine article about the Ghost Stories Tour. > AT: Could you run me through Chris Martin’s vocal chain? > > DG: It starts with a Shure SM58 radio mic which he just loves singing into — the sound and the weight is just right for him. It goes to the Neve 1073 500 series module, and into a channel on the SD7. Then I just use a little bit of channel EQ to clean up the low end, to avoid pumping the compressor unnecessarily — the stage volume is blisteringly loud up there from PA spill, so there’s always going to be some low-end filtering. And then it goes into one of the Waves Puigchild 660 plug-ins. From there, into a Waves H EQ for some general EQ’ing. I really like that EQ for its visual feedback — the spectrum analyser is really handy to quickly pinpoint any frequencies that are poking out or not quite right. Then it finishes with the Waves C6 multiband compressor, which is the most incredible plug-in. I really rely on the C6 for the sound of Chris’s voice because when he’s getting into his low register, his voice is very bassy. But I find if I take some of those overpowering low frequencies out with a regular EQ, when he goes up to his falsetto voice, it sounds a bit thin. With the C6, because it’s a dynamic EQ, as soon as he hits his falsetto voice, all of those rich lows return. Effects-wise, I’ve got an old TC 2290 delay which is MIDI’d up to be part of my snapshot automation. I really like it because it’s hands-on. Saying that, after it’s set up the only control I touch is the tap tempo button. Finally, I have a Bricasti M7 reverb, which I prefer to a Lexicon for its character.more
I found this EQ in a video from URM with John Browne. I know it's kind of cheesy to write a review based on that, but I really liked how intuitive it looked. So I picked up H-EQ, and I tried it out. What I love about H-EQ, is that, unlike surgical eqs like ReaEQ, or the FabFilter Pro Q, the H-EQ seems to focus on small adjustments. It can do big adjustments too, but H-EQ is mostly for the musicians who just want to do minor adjustments first to get an idea of where their song is going.