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Old 05-03-2004, 09:06 AM
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Default OT - Leonard Cohen Vocal Sound


I'm in the position of trying to get a vocal sound similar to L Cohen on Songs of Love and Hate. Unfortunately I'm not actually using L Cohen for the vocals. So it goes. Anyway, I hear a lot of reverb on there but was wondering if there was any other advice i might get. Tracking with Rode NTK through Avalon and Distressor.

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Old 05-03-2004, 09:51 AM
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Default Re: OT - Leonard Cohen Vocal Sound

Try taking a handfull of downers, run yourself a hot bath in a tiled bathroom, with mic cable round neck and razor blade poised at wrist - that should conjur up the desired(!) Cohen atmospherics. - And positively NO SMILING!


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Old 05-03-2004, 10:36 AM
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Default Re: OT - Leonard Cohen Vocal Sound

Single Malt Scotch and a pack of Pall Mall's should get you halfway there. Truth is, it's all in the voice, as I don't find there's anything too peculiar about the Leonard Cohen vocal recording. A good mic, good preamp and a great reverb. I love Leonard's voice, perfect iPod material on a rainy day in New York City.
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Old 05-03-2004, 10:50 AM
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Got the scotch covered, guess I'll have to implement a smoking vocalists only policy. I've read an article in TapeOp with his current engineer. I think he typically tracks with a Neumann. Cigarettes are cheaper.

Once again proving there are no technical tricks like talent.

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Old 05-03-2004, 11:55 AM
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Default Re: OT - Leonard Cohen Vocal Sound

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Unfortunately I'm not actually using L Cohen for the vocals.
Then you're gonna have a damn tough time getting his sound.
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Then you're gonna have a damn tough time getting his sound.
I guess I should rephrase the question. If you had Mr. Cohen in top form and you wanted to get the same sound as on Songs of Love and Hate what gear/effects would you use to accomplish that. It sounds to me like its just got a lot of reverb. I was wondering if anyone had any other advice.


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