May 19, 2022 – IK Multimedia announces Joe Chiccarelli Vocal Strip for T-RackS, reproducing in a single plug-in the GRAMMY-winning producer’s unique vision and formula for crafting attention-grabbing, engaging vocals. Having produced and mixed countless hit songs for artists ranging from Elton John to the White Stripes, Joe has perfected his parallel processing technique to enhance the emotional impact of each vocal performance.
Joe Chiccarelli Vocal Strip models Joe’s go-to chain of high-end analog outboard gear, custom signal flow and unique know-how to deliver an incredible level of control and character to any style of vocal tracks.
GRAMMY-winning vocal sound
Based at Sunset Sound Studios in Hollywood, California, world-class engineer/producer Joe Chiccarelli has developed a reputation for crafting impactful, emotional vocals that helped him earn 10 GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY awards.
It’s also made him sought after by such artists as U2, Beck, The Strokes, Juanes, The Killers, Morrissey, Tori Amos, The Shins, Alanis Morissette, The White Stripes, Jason Mraz, Cage The Elephant, Vance Joy, Spoon, The Raconteurs, Café Tacvba, and My Morning Jacket.
A formula for sonic success
IK worked hand-in-hand with Joe to ensure T-RackS Joe Chiccarelli Vocal Strip offers an exact recreation of the signal chain used by top artists. Users will find 3 distinctive compressors modeled after a UREI 1176, a Fairchild 670 and a hybrid UA 176/ Tube-Tech CL 1B for bringing out the subtleties in every vocal.
This signature chain offers the ultimate parallel compression tool with the convenience of an all-in-one channel strip configuration. Between the 3 compressors, users can add focus, grit, warmth, weight, clarity – whatever vintage or modern sound best suits the mood and vibe of the music.
Parallel compression for radio-ready emotion
Using a single compressor for vocal compression risks crushing its soul. That’s why Joe uses multiple compressors – by blending the uncompressed signal with each compressor in parallel, he’s able to maintain the dynamics and passion of each vocal, while still achieving higher levels of compression and character. It’s a delicate balance, but when done right the possibilities are endless.
All Joe’s tools in one plug-in
In addition to this advanced 3-compressor parallel processing chain, T-RackS Joe Chiccarelli Vocal Strip includes essential tools for further sculpting vocal tracks to perfection.
- The De-esser section provides optimized settings for male and female vocalists with a single control to tame and remove sibilance.
- An analog-modeled EQ section works independently or in tandem with the 3 compressors with a versatile Pre/Post switch.
- The Effects section includes 2 each of Reverb, Delay and Modulation effects selected by Joe from IK’s latest algorithms.
- The Output section offers a global Wet/Dry control, Drive to help vocals cut through a mix and Color to adjust the Drive’s harmonic tone.
Take it from the master
T-RackS Joe Chiccarelli Vocal Strip includes a wide variety of presets from Joe himself, saving precious time and making it easy to get amazing results. Users can mix with them right out of the box or use them as springboards to develop their own custom presets. Along the way, they’ll gain valuable insight into the mind of a mixing master and learn how he uses his signature signal chain to achieve engaging, radio-ready vocal sounds.
The power of T-RackS
Like all T-RackS plug-ins, T-RackS Joe Chiccarelli Vocal Strip offers two ways to work: as a single plug-in, or within the T-RackS 5 shell.
Pricing and availability
T-RackS Joe Chiccarelli Vocal Strip is available now from the IK Multimedia online store and from IK authorized dealers worldwide at a special limited-time introductory price of $/€129.99* (reg. $/€159.99) through May 31, 2022.
*All pricing excluding taxes.