NAMM 2014: Artificial Double Tracking Like The Beatles
Waves introduces the Waves Abbey Road Reel ADT 23/01/14
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Waves Audio has debuted Waves: Abbey Road Reel ADT, which they describe as the first plugin to successfully emulate Abbey Road Studios' pioneering process of Artificial Double Tracking. Here's the full details in Waves' own words...
ADT was the signature effect created at Abbey Road in the 1960s to meet the requirements of some very special clients: The Beatles. It is the most legendary of all Abbey Road tape effects and can be heard on countless historic recordings. Over the years, many recording engineers have tried to replicate the effect, but only with partial success. This is largely because a definitive description of the exact process used at Abbey Road has, until now, been a closely guarded secret.
ADT was invented to meet the Beatles' unique recording needs. As the band's success grew, so did their desire to find new ways of working, leading Abbey Road's engineers to experiment with new technology. By 1966, the band had become frustrated with the need to continually re-record vocals to create multi-layered vocal effects. To solve the problem, Abbey Road engineer Ken Townsend created Artificial Double Tracking (ADT). By connecting the primary tape machine to a second, speed-controlled machine, two versions of the same signal could be played back simultaneously. And by gently wobbling the frequency of an oscillator to vary the speed of the second machine, the replayed signal could be moved around just enough to make it sound like a separate take. The introduction of ADT was a milestone in the history of sound recording, and the technique was used heavily on many recording sessions at Abbey Road Studios. John Lennon reputedly dubbed it "Ken's Flanger," which some say led to flanging becoming established as a technical term in studios around the world.
Reel ADT puts the magic of that era in your hands within seconds. Using its intuitive controls, you can advance or delay the doubled signal to achieve genuine delay and pitch variations. You can also drive each of the signals separately to add beautiful tape saturations. With its authentic modeled tape sound and faithful emulation of wow and flutter, this extraordinary plugin can enhance any track with the impression of two separate takes, giving you the closest possible results to real double tracking. All the character, depth and panoramic sound of this inimitable classic effect can now be created digitally, simply and for real: Reel ADT.
Mirek Stiles, Head of Audio Products, Abbey Road Studios, states, "From my time as an assistant engineer, I remember the setting-up of ADT as being a lengthy process, but totally worth it. Not only hearing, but also controlling ADT for the first time was amazing. Using the remote vari-speed on the tape machine, it was possible to add lush movements, stereo width and dramatic depth to almost any track. For the first time ever, Waves has captured not only the true sound of ADT, but also the feel of this classic effect."
Waves Abbey Road Reel ADT Features:
Developed in association with Abbey Road Studios
Genuine tape-sounding ADT plugin
For the first time ever, a full exact recall automation of the ADT effect
Different tape sounds for source and ADT signals
Exclusive 2-voice component
Separate drive control for each path
Manual and automatic control
MIDI-assignable manual control for the most authentic user experience possible