Apogee has introduced Clearmountain’s Domain, a multi-effects plugin that reproduces noted mixer Bob Clearmountain’s personalized FX signal chain.
The plugin is designed to simplify Clearmountain’s sophisticated and creative hardware routing, making it easier to emulate the cohesive spaces, expansive dimensions, and rich atmospheres of his mixes.
Advanced view tabs take users behind the scenes of Clearmountain’s technique to reveal decades of expertise. Custom impulse responses of his favorite spaces provide access to the reverb he’s used on numerous hit records. And, the multi-color FX Visualizer lets users see the placement of all effects in real-time.
Over decades of mixing hit songs, Clearmountain has developed a complex and personalized hardware FX signal chain for creating, in his words, “the space where the mix lives” — the imaginary soundscapes where musical elements each have their own space and dimension, but remain cohesive to the whole.
This FX signal chain, developed over decades, involves an entire studio’s worth of hardware gear — live echo chambers, delays, harmonizers, de-essers, EQs and a large format analog mixing console. And many patch cords.
Clearmountain Classic Presets make it easier to access iconic sounds as well as create new ones. He has carefully created each preset based on specific instruments and processing from his catalog of mixes.
Earlier in his career, he leaned heavily on physical rooms and chambers for realistic reverb; for example, the custom designed echo chambers at his MixThis studios in Los Angeles. Once convolution reverb technology allowed him to “capture” the characteristics of his favorite rooms as digital impulse response files. With Clearmountain’s Domain, users now have access to these spaces.
Clearmountain’s personalized FX signal flow
Pre delay/reverb de-esser
Pre delay/reverb EQ
Stereo delay with spin time compensation
Delay blur (saturation)
Stereo unison to octave pitch shift
Clearmountain Spaces convolution reverbs
Clearmountain’s Classic Presets
Clearmountain Spaces, convolution reverbs
Real time FX visualizer
Clearmountain’s Domain is available now on the Apogee website (here) for $349.