Jesse had told me about this forum, what a great place! We have been working on music together for a long time, partners in crime!
I'll humor you with some engineering if you dont mind
Vocals were recorded in a tuned room with a C800G that Mike Shipley had modded, with a N**e 1064. Or something like that! Singers were amazing
I got the stems after Jesse did his production (ask him all about it) some time later. Everything was mixed 100% ITB.
I really wanted the MLC sound, the Hi Z input is my favorite! I like to push it just over -18. Every track minus the Voxs has it. The vox were going into the N**e 1084 for Maddy and 1073 for CJ (or was it the other way around?).
Vocals were automated and eq-ed pre-comp. I used AlexB's silver76, PSP old timer, and the FabFilter ProC. Each one is shaving away something specific, and most of the dynamics come from automation. Vocals were EQed again post-comp. Eq was very subtle, voxs sounded amazing raw! Just some HPF and riding the plosives with the eq. Post-comp was no more than +1db with the N**e.
Reverbs and FX all had tape on them -- lowest saturation possible. Dont remember if I used the Revox or the Otari, whichever sounded deeper. MLC returns on all!
EQs I used on different tracks were the MLeq, and I think I used SPL's Passeq in m/s on a synth track... I probably used a GML somewhere too, tough to remember.
Love running kick drums in parallel with PSP warmer. LPF it, and really mangle it. Mix in subtle. Also good for base.
The fun part is the busing!!!! After automating in the stutters, sweeps, and fun junk, all bus groups go to 3-4 other bus groups with different compressors on them. Very similar to Michael Brauer's compression, except they are all run in parallel, anywhere from 25-75%. After that, they are sent to other bus groups with 100% compression on them, but no more than 0.8db or so. Everything is routed in stages, so you can control the flavor and mix of each comp. The ones I used were the 4KD, GMD, Slate's FGX (just the comp), and the PSP comp. MLC BGC on all buses!!!
The master bus had the modern tube vinyl thing on it, and that's it. Didn't like anything else on it, all the candy came from the bus groups!!
Who knows what Tom Coyne did in mastering, that man is amazing in every way
Hope this made some sense, sorry if things are poorly written, or if I forgot some stuff! Big fan of the Nebula. Much respect to all!