I'm a huge fan of Jazmine Sullivan so when I got the call from Salaam Remi to mix several songs on her latest album "Reality Show" I was very happy to do it. (The album debuted at No.1 on the R&B Albums Chart earlier this year).
One of the songs I mixed is "Let It Burn". The song has a late 80's R&B feel infused with the sultry soulfulness of Jazmine's vocals. Salaam insisted the song not lose it's original vibe so I started the mix with the vocals first then introduced the keys then bass and drums. All the tracks were well recorded and arranged. On this mix I relied more on balance and effects more so than compression and eq.
Here are snapshots of some of the effects that were used on "Let It Burn":
|UAD Lexicon 224|
|PSP Stereo Enhancer|
|UAD EMT 140|
|UAD Dimension D|
The Dimension D was used on the vocals and some of the keys for added depth and space. The delays heard on the song are just stock plugins provided in Protools that were set to 1/4 and 1/8 note delay time.
|Kush Audio UBK-1|
After getting a rough balance going on the mix I placed the Kush Audio UBK-1 on the master buss to give it the overall texture and glue I felt was needed for this particular song. I made some minor adjustments to the UBK-1 as the mix progressed. The above pic is the final setting.
Here's the video of "Let It Burn":
Buy/download the "Reality Show" album here.