“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.”