Apogee has introduced Clearmountain’s Domain, a multi-effects plugin that reproduces legendary mixer, Bob Clearmountain’s personalized FX signal chain. They tell us that the plugin simplifies Clearmountain’s very sophisticated and creative hardware routing, making it easier to emulate the cohesive spaces, expansive dimensions, and rich atmospheres his most celebrated mixes are known for. Here's the story in their own words...
Classic presets allow you to recreate the sonic environment of your favorite Clearmountain mixes. Advanced view tabs take you behind the scenes of Clearmountain’s technique to reveal decades of expertise and empower you to create your own musical mix domain. Custom impulse responses of Clearmountain’s favorite spaces give you access to the reverb Bob has used on countless hit records. And, the multi-color FX Visualizer lets you see the placement of all effects in real-time. Clearmountain’s Domain expands Apogee’s plugin offering which also includes the only Pultec EQ plugins to be officially endorsed by Pulse Techniques, makers of Pultec hardware.
Bob Clearmountain Redefined the Role of the “Mixer”
For decades, engineers, producers, and musicians have marveled at Bob Clearmountain’s mixes. Recordings by iconic artists like David Bowie, Chic, Roxy Music, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Adams, INXS, and so many more are prime examples of how Clearmountain’s work elevated the role of “the mixer” to that of an essential creative partner in the process of making records. Bob’s ability to build a soundscape and atmosphere, where voices and instruments effortlessly live in an intimate space but seamlessly blend together, set new standards for mixing. His passion to reveal the true character of the song, highlighting the emotion of the music, gets to the heart of what inspired the song to begin with.
Clearmountain’s Hardware FX Workflows Made Accessible in your DAW
Over decades of mixing hit songs, Clearmountain has developed a complex and personalized hardware FX signal chain for creating, in his words, “the space where the mix lives” - the imaginary soundscapes where musical elements each have their own space and dimension, but remain cohesive to the whole.
This FX signal chain, developed over decades, involves an entire studio’s worth of hardware gear - live echo chambers, delays, harmonizers, de-essers, EQs and a large format analog mixing console. And lots of patch cords, many patch cords!
Reproducing this complicated interconnection of hardware using individual plugins in a DAW proved to be almost impossible. With Clearmountain’s Domain, it’s refreshingly simple to achieve Clearmountain’s results with a mere click on a preset.
Classic Presets make it easy to access iconic Clearmountain sounds and create your own
Thanks to the Clearmountain Classic presets, you don’t need an Engineering degree to get started - instead, start with the awe-inspiring sounds you know and love from your favorite Clearmountain mix.
Bob has carefully created each preset based on specific instruments and processing from his extensive catalog of timeless hit mixes. Looking to nail the the Bowie vocal FX from Let’s Dance - simply load the Let’s Vox preset!
Custom Impulse Responses of Clearmountain’s Reverb Spaces
Earlier in his career, Clearmountain leaned heavily on physical rooms and chambers for realistic and unique reverb - for example, the custom designed echo chambers at his MixThis studios in Los Angeles. Once convolution reverb technology allowed him to “capture” the characteristics of his favorite rooms as digital impulse response files, he was free to use all his favorite spaces no matter their location. With Clearmountain’s Domain, you now have access to these spaces, the very ones used on countless hit mixes.
- Clearmountain’s Personalized FX Signal Flow
- Pre Delay/Reverb De-esser
- Pre Delay/Reverb EQ
- Stereo Delay with Spin Time Compensation
- Delay Blur (Saturation)
- Stereo Unison to Octave Pitch-Shift
- Clearmountain Spaces Convolution Reverbs
- FX Mixer
- Clearmountain’s Classic Presets
- Clearmountain Spaces, Convolution Reverbs
- Real Time FX Visualizer
Pricing and Availability:
Clearmountain’s Domain is available now on the Apogee web site for $349