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Recreating Studio Sound on Stage – Washed Out Live

Feb 22, 2018 | 20,279 Views

When chillwave artist Ernest Greene a.k.a. Washed Out wanted to bring studio sounds to his live show and create unique effects for each song, he tried running plugins in his eMotion LV1 mixer. Learn how the idea became a reality.

“I had never seen anything like that for a live show,” Ernest says about the LV1 live sound experience. “I used a ton of Waves plugins for the production of my latest album Mister Mellow – and using the same stuff live made the transition to the live show that much easier. Pulling off the sound of the record on tour was a big thing for me.”

In this video, Ernest and his FOH engineer Pat Jones show how the LV1 allowed them to recreate Washed Out’s heavily processed vocal sound and extreme drum effects that change from song to song – night after night in their live show. “In the past, would you bring a flanger and a stereo low-pass filter on tour for just one song?” Pat asks; “Maybe if you had a huge budget. But with the LV1, it’s easy.”

Watch the video to learn more about how Ernest and Pat fine-tuned the band’s live sound prior to the tour during pre-production, by recording their rehearsals, then taking the live recordings to the studio and “tweaking the tiniest details, the exact things we were passionate about hearing.”

“Burn Out Blues” & “Zonked” performed by Washed Out
Courtesy of Stones Throw Records

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