I’m not sure I understood his explanation of how this sound is achieved, so do any of you guys know how I would recreate it with Cubase? I guess there might be a plug-in that apes a pedal like one of the pedals he uses in the video, but
I don’t know what ‘pedal name’ to search on to find such a custom plug-in, and
it sounds like the effect could be achieved with a combo of two fairly standard echo plug-ins anyway.
It’s basically pitch shifter up one or two octaves (or both) into a reverb. You can make a DIY version as long as you have those ingredients.
It was, to the best of my knowledge anyway, “invented”/discovered by Brian Eno as an electronic “treatment” to morph a recorded sound into something else. I think he used some kind of eventide box.
It was part of the box of tricks he took to Ireland when he produced U2’s “The Unforgettable Fire”, the Edge then ran with it by incorporating the effect in his live guitar rig as a way of generating synthy bigness to float over the top of his guitar playing.
I remember hearing it all over the first Eno-produced (go figure…) Coldplay album “X & Y”. After that, in the states is was adopted by the praise and worship genre. We don’t have an equivalent in the UK, really. Around that time, you started seeing affordable pedals that could do the sound, which brought it into easy reach of everyone rather than just studios and those with some know-how. Pretty quickly it became a cliché, probably because of it’s association with religious music to be honest.
But, like any production trick, if it genuinely enhances the mood/emotion/message of a track, who cares if it’s a cliché?
This is probably my favourite live example of the time before it was a trope;
It’s a really cool effect but is VERY easy to get lost in it/overuse it.
There’s a ton of ways to achieve it… and because of it’s popularity, a lot of verb pedals that have come out in the last little while have it… some refer to it as Shimmer but some just apply some other fancy name to it. Probably the most popular (at least what I tend to see a lot) would be the Strymon BigSky, which has a Shimmer setting. In the DAW, I use Valhalla Shimmer and that’s pretty cool too.
I don’t think Cubase has anything with a preset for that, but as @Cirrus said it can be pieced together with different elements.
If you have what you need, great. I was wondering if in Cubase you could set up an aux for pitch correction set up an octave above, and then run the shifted signal through a synced delay and verb. Probably a lot more work than it is worth, unless you like playing with what is in the program itself. The aux could be high passed to only work on the upper register, as could the reverb. You might be able to save it in a template for future use.