The “TRON choir” – 4 people, 36 voices

The last song on the TRON album needed a choir – period.”He Ends Small” is the big finale after all. Unfortunately I don’t have a choir handy.

Recently, I’ve heard examples of singers recording ten unisons of themselves in order to achieve a huge sound – not a bad idea! After transcribing the original choir by ear from the TRON ending music (0:50), I decided on three harmonies for the choir section. The idea was to have three voices perform three parts - three times each. That means nine voices from a single person.

I contacted Amanda Lepre, Cheryl Norfair, and Erin McQuisten for the tasks. All three have lovely but different voices, and I WANTED A GAGGLE OF ANGELS. They agreed.

I provided each of them with a care package – a Reaper session with everything marked out. The individual vocal parts were just sine waves for reference. This way, they could easily learn their parts, record in that same session, and send stems back to me. It also ensured that alignment of the voices weren’t going to be an issue.

While this was going on, I believe Kirby Pufocia got tired of waiting on Cheryl, so he went ahead and record his own version. I didn’t ask for it, but I’m so glad he did it. Under the “gaggle” is a male voice to sort of fill out that low space.

I did a lot of reading on how to mix this, and decided to lock the three unisons from a single person to a single pan control. I panned stuff out accordingly, did mild EQ and compression to each of those buses, and then “verbed” the final result.

>>HERE ARE THE RESULTS<<

I’m pleased and so is everyone involved. I’m not the best at gang vocals, but this was a great experiment. I hope to do more in the future. If you want to hear a snippet of the choir in action, check out PRIORITY ONE: The Music of TRON on Joypad Records and play “He is Small”.

Big thanks to Kirbs, Ryn, Lepre, and Norfair for their lungs and love (and Hoodie for his engineering)!

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