Dynamic EQ, Erika Wennerstrom’s Vocals, and the 'Sweet Unknown'

by Dave Godowsky, iZotope

March 23, 2018

Every Friday, we’re sharing a newly released song or album from one of our favorite artists and talking with them about how they used an iZotope product on it. This week we spoke to producer Danny Reisch about how he used iZotope’s Dynamic EQ for the tall task of giving Erika Wennerstrom’s voice all the space it needed on her solo debut Sweet Unknown (released 3/23 on Partisan Records).

iZotope product used: Ozone 8 Dynamic EQ

Rather than applying a static EQ adjustment, Ozone 8's Dynamic EQ can apply frequency boosts and cuts according to the dynamics of your audio -- useful for correcting intermittent frequency issues or applying transperant polish.

“For Erika's record, I knew from the start that her vocal had to be the absolute centerpiece in the mix. Musically, the record is colossal—huge guitars, distorted bass, and massive drums; in a mix that dense it can be hard to create the space for the vocal to sit comfortably, but also remain the focal point.

“I relied heavily on iZotope's [Ozone] Dynamic EQ on her voice to push as much level as possible while keeping that 1–3 kH range from getting too strident. I love that I can dial in the threshold with the Dynamic EQ to keep it totally out of the way until exactly when I need it to reign in a certain frequency range.

“We also used the [Ozone] EQ (for a small 350hz cut) and the Vintage Limiter (for the final stage of digital limiting) in the mastering stage with Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound.”

—Danny Reisch, Producer

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