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'The Unforgettable Fire' Reverb Question.
Old 14th February 2007
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'The Unforgettable Fire' Reverb Question.

Cheers Mr. Killen!

Firstly, I have to say that the issue of EQ Magazine that featured you on the cover was a very cool read--Sept. 2002; issue 9. Particularly the information about your time with U2 on the recording of 'The Unforgettable Fire'.

I was wondering what reverb unit was used on Bono's vocals (or generally on the record as a whole)...or if this was ambient reverb from the room(s) in which the vocals were recorded in. Or both, in a composite fashion.

I love the ambient textures on that record as much as the music itself.

Thanks for being here.
Richard R.
Old 14th February 2007
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Richard,

Most of the vocals were finished at Windmill Lane although we did try a number in the ballroom at Slane Castle which had quite a reverberation to it. I cannot remember how many of those ended up as finished vocals.

In terms of what we had available at Windmill, there were two EMT Plates, a Lexicon 224xl and a Sony DRE 1000 (not sure this is the right model number) AMS RMX 16, AMS 1580 , tape delay and maybe a Yamaha Rev 5 and SPX 90. Most likely it was a combo of the 224 and plate.

Kevin
Old 15th February 2007
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Mr. Killen,

Thanks for your reply. I truly appreciate it! Of all those units you listed is there a trooper that you'd recommend for an all around jack knife hardware reverb---or if you only had to choose one?

My favorite track on that record is probably 'Promenade'. Going to listen now and be transported.

All the best...
Richard
Old 15th February 2007
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Richard,

Thats a toss between the EMT plate and the Lex 224. I may have to go with the EMT !

KK
Old 15th February 2007
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God bless you kind sir! Your next cup of tea is on me...

Richie R.
Old 15th February 2007
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Kevin, Thanks again for doing this! thumbsup

Quick question . . . can you tell us which EMT plates you were using and a little about which ones you prefer? In other words were they tube, solid state, stereo, etc. and do you know if they had been tweaked ( electronics, springs, etc)?

Cheers!

MusicKat
Old 17th February 2007
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Originally Posted by MusicKat View Post
Kevin, Thanks again for doing this! thumbsup

Quick question . . . can you tell us which EMT plates you were using and a little about which ones you prefer? In other words were they tube, solid state, stereo, etc. and do you know if they had been tweaked ( electronics, springs, etc)?

Cheers!

MusicKat
I think there were EMT 140's , we had two there but I cannot remember whether they were tube or solid state. They were stereo and they electronics had been tweakes somewhat.

Sorry I don't know more than that

kevin
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