“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