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Old 20th May 2010
Gear Maniac
🎧 10 years
Double-tracking lead vocals

Hi Alan,

Just a question about Eric Woolfson's lead vocal on "Eye in the sky":
There's a beautiful spaced-out feel to Eric's vocal on this song.The vocal sounds double-tracked to me and if that's the case, I was wondering if you'd used varispeed whilst tracking?

Thanks so much for doing this.

Old 1st June 2010
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🎧 10 years
Varispeeding while double tracking vocals achieves little, since the singer will always pitch to what he hears. The EITS vocal was definitely DT'd. On the other hand any fixed pitch instrument double tracked with a small amount of varispeed is magical, and it's one of my trademarks I would say - especially for guitars both acoustic and electric. It's difficult to do on DAWs in real time - you have to change the sampling rate. Someone should build a dedicated box to do that. I've often resorted to using the clock output of a Tascam DA-88 for digital varispeeding.

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