I got a few questions about how I produced Paul’s track “I think I am in Love” with a gentle ambiance.
I will spill the beans here. I call it the "Hilltop Campfire Effect"
What it does is that it adds sort of a wide natural environment without adding the feeling of it being overproduced. It is extremely easy to ruin a good song with excessive effects like delay and reverb. Goal is to sound close and personal without squashing the feeling out by adding a giant concert hall behind it.
It can be done with free plugins (or once free now cheap). Here is how I did it for Paul’s song
Step 1: Setup two sidechained reverb FX channels , Pan one left and pan the other Right (but not 100% left and right) . Just make sure they are 100% wet and have a very tiny amount of predelay (< 20 ms).
Step 2: : You need an imaging plugin. Use the imaging plugin on the Same reverb Fx channel to tightly control the spread of the reverb directionally in an envelop
You can do the above 2 effects on the entire track but the vocals need a wee bit more love without making the whole track muddy. Step 3 comes in here.
Step 3: add another FX channel with slight mono delay on the main vocal 100-150ms, keep the delay panned dead center
See image below