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Music Production

Mixing Elvis Presley’s “New” Gospel Album

Ed Seay turned to a system from CTD while working on the new Elvis Presley album.

Nashville, TN (August 17, 2018)—Released last week, Elvis Presley – Where No One Stands Alone, is a new album produced by Joel Weinshanker, Lisa Marie Presley and Andy Childs that brings vocal takes from some of the King’s favorite gospel performances and pairs them with newly-recorded instrumentation and backing vocal contributions from musicians who performed on-stage and/or in-the-studio with him. It also includes a reimagined duet with Elvis and his daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, on the album’s title track.

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Key to the album’s creation was multi-platinum engineer/producer Ed Seay, who monitored and mixed it entirely on a Carl Tatz Designs PhantomFocus System.

For Seay, the biggest challenge in creating the album was sound from other musicians—not only did he hear Elvis’s vocal when he soloed it, but also the entire band with backup singers and a three-second live chamber echo that was printed with the vocal to tape. This was the way those sessions were recorded back in the day at Nashville’s RCA Studio B, in one big room.

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Seay ended up utilizing three different software programs to isolate the lead vocal—iZotope RX 6 Advanced, Zynaptiq UNVEIL, and a software program currently in Beta, designed by Lacy Thompson.

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“Being fortunate enough to work on a record and artist that has stood—and will stand—the test of time tends to make the listening situation more critical than ever,” said Seay. “My PhantomFocus System not only gave me the articulate precision that the project demanded, but also the confidence to trust my sonic decisions.”

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