Tom Sawyer

  • Artist: Rush
  • Album: Moving Pictures
  • Label: Mercury
  • Year: 1981
  • Producer: Rush, Terry Brown
  • Engineer: Paul Northfield
  • Studio: Le Studio, Morin Heights, Quebec, Canada


Nice touch of plate reverb on the snare, most revealed at the top of the tune. Adds resonance as decoration that never obscures the percussive detail. I don't know if you know this, but there are a few ornate drum fills in this tune, and the mix is not allowed blur them one bit.

The slap echo + reverb on the vocals serves to support his voice - high tenor male voices often benefit from a resonant bed of support. It's also an ear-grabbing special effect that adds energy, excitement, and a bit of 80s flavor to the outstanding performance of this power trio. The idea is still valid; the sound can be updated from this 1981 effect to something more contemporary, if you're feeling inspired.


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