Kick drum signal blend & processing, full kit distortion, polarity, expansion, phasing, EQ
Kit modulation, snare treatment, guitars, bass, creative uses of phase, shelving filters
Step inside Full Mongrel studio for a distortion workshop with the king of crunch, Tchad Blake! With the multi-track session of gritty rock anthem ‘R U Mine’ by The Artic Monkeys, Blake demonstrates his creative techniques of harmonic enhancement to infuse raw recordings with character. Focussing primarily on drums, he discusses and shows his approach to treating the kick, snare, and full kit with distortion, compression, expansion, phase alteration, pitch-bending, and EQ. Aside from revealing some of his favourite plug-ins and their parameters, Tchad emphasises the creative scope that can be explored by altering phase relationships and shelf EQ.
Tchad Blake has an impressive discography, having worked with numerous artists and musicians, including Arctic Monkeys, State Radio, Apartment 26, Elvis Costello, Peter Gabriel, Pearl Jam, Tom Waits, Sheryl Crow, Crowded House, Tracy Chapman, The Dandy Warhols, The Black Keys, U2, and The Pretenders, amongst many others Blake to date has won five Grammy Awards, including Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical and Best Rock Album for Sheryl Crow's The Globe Sessions (1998), Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical for his work on Suzanne Vega's Beauty & Crime (2007), and two Grammys for his work with The Black Keys on 2010's Brothers.