How RX, Neutron, and Vinyl Were Used on New Dawes Album, 'Passwords'


Every Friday, we’re sharing a newly released song or album from one of our favorite artists and how they used an iZotope product on it.

This week we spoke with Dave Cerminara, who engineered and mixed the new Dawes record, Passwords, (released June 22 on HUB Records).

“I use iZotope RX 6 constantly, De-click and Spectral De-noise in particular. We live tracked all the basics for Passwords, doing about two songs per day. Given that pace you’re bound to get a noisy amp here or buzzing Rhodes there, so Spectral De-noise really saves the day in those instances. De-click and De-plosive are both incredible time savers for vocals as well.

“I love the Neutron’s Dynamic EQ! I used it on some of Taylor’s fingerpicked acoustic guitar parts throughout the record to catch annoying string squeaks. It’s a great tool for grabbing painful frequencies without lobbing off presence. It’s also an easy way of controlling low-mid boom of acoustic guitars.

“Vinyl is absolutely amazing on synths, especially once you start stacking sounds. Just playing with the year and wear control can shrink a synth and make it fit in the mix without sounding unnaturally filtered.”

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