NEWS - Future Cut bring Universal Audio outboard to bear on new Tom Jones album
London, UK (August 27th, 2008)
Having begun life in Manchester as a fledgling drum'n'bass act, producers Darren Lewis and Tunde Babalola have since been writing, producing and DJ’ing around the globe under the name Future Cut. Mainstream success arrived for the duo when they were called upon to work on Lily Allen's 2006 debut album, Alright Still, which included the hit singles Smile and L.D.N., both co-written, produced and mixed by Future Cut. With Lily Allen propelling Darren and Tunde's work to the top of the charts, the duo suddenly found themselves working with a wide range of artists, writing for, among others, The Sugababes, Mr. Hudson & The Library, Kate Nash and Kelis. However, the duo's most recent work has brought them into contact with one of the biggest voices in popular music, Tom Jones.
To write tracks for Tom’s new album, Darren and Tunde headed to LA, but came back to the UK for the bulk of recording, which was completed at a variety of studios including Townhouse, Angel and Future Cut’s own project studio in North London. However, the vocals were captured in the duo’s less-than-ideal writing room in LA, using a heavily-modded Telefunken 251 microphone feeding a Neve 1073 preamp followed by a Universal Audio 1176 compressor.
Darren commented: “The 1176 was integral to Tom’s sound, and we put this down to the twin characteristics of Tom's vocal style and the unique audio flavour of Universal Audio compressors. “Tom has two levels, loud and very loud, and the 1176 can handle it and handle it musically, which is what you want with a voice that’s loud – keeping the aggressiveness rather than sounding timid or pumping.”
Future Cut’s love of UA gear also extends to the LA2A compressor, Solo 610 tube preamp plus a monster 3 card UAD-1 DSP system – all of which are a key part of the duo’s own Logic-based studio.
Of course, the quality of the plug-ins that come with the UAD-1 systems is paramount to Future Cut. “We’ll over-compress things, and or we’ll drive an EQ, or do something drastic with a filter to get something a bit different and the UAD plug-ins are really good for that. The emulations are great - we've got the real stuff and when you A/B certain things it's pretty damn close to the original. Even when it's not as close as you might want it to be, sonically it still has a lovely quality - the character of the UAD plug-ins is the sweetest and warmest that we've used.”
The as-yet unnamed Tom Jones album will be released in October in the US and in November in the UK.
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