Howard Benson

Get Howard Benson's Award-Winning Vocal Chain!

Start adding the elite modern vocal chain to your mixes today!

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What do My Chemical Romance, Three Days Grace, The All-American Rejects, Kelly Clarkson, Hoobastank, Rascal Flatts & P.O.D. all have in common?

They're all massively successful hit makers in their respective genres, and a lot of that success can be attributed to the discerning ears and renowned vocal mixing work of producer, Howard Benson.

Those credits are just the start though - take a look at this list!

  • 3 Doors Down
  • 10 Years
  • Adam Lambert
  • All That Remains
  • Apocalyptica
  • Black Stone Cherry
  • Blessthefall
  • Chris Cornell
  • Cold
  • Creed
  • Daughtry
  • Escape The Fate
  • Gavin DeGraw
  • Halestorm
  • Hawthorne Heights
  • Head Automatica
  • Hoobastank
  • In Flames
  • Issues
  • Kelly Clarkson
  • Less Than Jake
  • Lia Marie Johnson
  • Motörhead
  • My Chemical Romance
  • Of Mice & Men
  • Orianthi
  • Otep
  • P.O.D.
  • Palisades
  • Papa Roach
  • Puddle of Mudd
  • Rascal Flatts
  • Red
  • Relient K
  • Saliva
  • Santana
  • Saosin
  • Seether
  • Sepultura
  • Simple Plan
  • Skillet
  • Skindred
  • The All-American Rejects
  • The Maine
  • The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
  • The Starting Line
  • Theory of a Deadman
  • Third Day
  • Three Days Grace
And more!
  • 3 Doors Down
  • 10 Years
  • Adam Lambert
  • All That Remains
  • Apocalyptica
  • Black Stone Cherry
  • Blessthefall
  • Chris Cornell
  • Cold
  • Creed
  • Daughtry
  • Escape The Fate
  • Gavin DeGraw
  • Halestorm
  • Hawthorne Heights
  • Hoobastank
  • In Flames
  • Issues
  • Kelly Clarkson
  • Less Than Jake
  • Lia Marie Johnson
  • Motörhead
  • My Chemical Romance
  • Of Mice & Men
  • Orianthi
  • Otep
  • P.O.D.
  • Palisades
  • Papa Roach
  • Puddle of Mudd
  • Rascal Flatts
  • Red
  • Relient K
  • Saliva
  • Santana
  • Saosin
  • Seether
  • Sepultura
  • Simple Plan
  • Skillet
  • Skindred
  • The All-American Rejects
  • The Maine
  • The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
  • The Starting Line
  • Theory of a Deadman
  • Third Day
  • Three Days Grace
And more!

Altogether, Benson has contributed to more than 100 million album sales and more than 20 billion streams over the course of his career. This work has garnered him multiple awards and nominations, including a nomination for Producer of the Year in both 2007 and 2008.

Wy does Howard's vocal chain work?

Benson has an ear for a hit and knows how to bring the best parts of those hits to the front and center of the mix. He's not someone that will take on just any project; he picks and chooses the artists he works with by the ones he sees potential in. Look at every name on that list – do you know what they all have in common?

  • Vocals that hit the sweet spot of compression & warmth
  • Vocals that have been perfectly EQ'd to fit the mix
  • Vocals that are harmonically pleasing
  • Vocals that seem to pour out of your speakers
  • Vocals with just the right amount of delay & reverb

With Howard Benson Vocals, you're getting a meticulously crafted, detailed vocal chain that's been built on Howard's 30+ year legacy in the industry - putting the same attention to detail into each part of the chain as he's done on countless major label records.

Howard Benson Vocals Includes:

Sweet Saturation

Start off in the sweet spot with a compressor geared up for great vocals! This compressor comes packed with Grit and Tube Warmth - sure to add some heat, sweetness, and saturation to any voice.

  • Set the optimal input level with an easy to find Sweet Spot
  • Start compressing instantly with the Comp knob
  • Push your vocals harder post-compression with the Gain knob or take out the guesswork with Auto Make-Up gain
  • Colorize your sound with some Grit and/or Tube Warmth for a dirtier, denser tone

Creative Equalization

With the semi-parametric, 3-band EQ, paint a picture of how your vocals should sound. Use wide strokes with bell curves for big, dramatic vocals or keep your brush strokes narrow for finer, detailed control. Whatever you choose, this EQ's musicality is sure to resonate with your vocalist.

  • Set your ideal signal chain order with Pre-Comp or Post-Comp EQ
  • Roll off the lows with a built-in Hi-Pass Filter or get even grittier with a LoFi algorithm
  • Use your high and low frequencies to shape the sound of your vocal
  • Widen or narrow your palate with Bell curves
  • Perfect your vocal mid-range with a fully adjustable Q

Hearing Double

Multiply your results with half as much effort. Achieve a luscious, doubled vocal when you're without a double track.

  • Use the Amount knob to determine just how much of that doubled vocal to cut through
  • Set the Offset knob to add some variety and complexity to your sound
  • Remember - nobody expects a perfectly doubled vocal. It's those slight variations that make it all work!

Thicker Vocals

As much as harmonic density adds to the thickness of your vocal, you also need to consider how much of your vocals presence comes from how wide it sounds. The Width module lets you spread your vocals out wide without thinning them out.

  • Width sets exactly how wide you'd like your vocals to be
  • The Range knob helps determine which part of the frequency spectrum the effect acts on.
  • You can anchor the body of your vocal front and center with the Mono Low-End switch and expand your vocal's spatial presence from there!

Expressive Echoes

Tempo-synced or Milliseconds? Mono or Stereo? How many repeats? With this vocal-centric echo unit, your delays can dance around your vocals in any manner you'd like

  • Set the number of repeats and level of your echo simultaneously with the Amount knob
  • Keep those repearts right down the center or let them bounce around in stereo
  • See your exact delay times (in ms or tempo-based measurements) with the digital readout
  • Add some character to your sound with LoFi delays
  • Fully automatable for the ultimate vocal delay throws

Beyond The Booth

Now things are starting to take shape... But what shape will your vocals be in? With the Space control, you decide between intimate, upfront vocals or larger than life reverb.

  • Use lower Size settings for intimate, tight & focused vocals
  • Turn it up high for ballads & arena rock anthems when you're singer is really belting out those notes!
  • Amount provides a convenient way to go from fully dry to fully wet and everything in between without having to jump back and forth between plugins

High Voltage

All good things must come to an end, but by the time you're done, you'll have a high octane vocal ready for release.

  • Use the optional Limit circuit to catch any stray peaks as your vocals pass onto the next part of their path
  • Start how you began with Output Gain
  • Easily find that Sweet Spot once more - post-processed & ready for action!
  • Change your signal path's routing with a Pre FX switch for when you want to set levels before the effects in the chain
There's only one true way to describe a plugin like this - The essence of a hit maker's vocal chain that's fully capable of delivering hits of its own.

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Hear Howard Benson Vocals in Action:

Howard Benson Vocals is designed to work across any genre of vocal from pop to rock to country and everything in between. Regardless of if you're looking to improve your current vocal chain for a familiar genre or you're expanding into new territory, this plugin is the perfect start-to-finish vocal solution for your mix.

Hear What Others Are Saying:

I love mixing vocals, and with Howard Benson Vocals - vocal mixing just got a lot more fun and even easier. The preset system makes it seriously fast to do all kinds of quick vocal sounds and vocal mixing moves that used to take several different presets across several different plugins to achieve. Now you've got two clicks to get there - amazing!

Joey Sturgis

Producer / Engineer
(Asking Alexandria, Of Mice & Men, We Came As Romans)

No matter how big the drums are, the guitar sound... with Howard Benson Vocals you can always hear the lyrics clearly and the tone of the vocals is great. When you have a single vocal and you put the plugin on it, all of a sudden you get that huge three dimensional width in the mix that Howard is known for - I don't know how JST did it but they nailed it.

Mike Plotnikof

Producer / Engineer
(AC/DC, All That Remains, Skillet, Halestorm)

Wow! The front end of this thing is amazing and it has everything you need! The space and echo are just what you want but also adjustable. Other plugins don't offer this amount of options in this level of simplicity... it's the Benson sound! I'm using this from now on- thank you!

Tyler Connolly

Musician / Vocalist
(Theory of a Deadman)

You Will Get:

  • Howard Benson Vocals by JST plugin formats: AAX, AU, VST2, VST3
  • Howard Benson Vocals perpetual single-user license
  • Over 99+ presets created by producers and engineers featuring Howard Benson, Mike Plotnikoff, Joe Rickard, Hatch Inagaki, Joel Wanasek, Joey Sturgis, members of the JST Community and more
  • Vocal production insights video with Howard Benson and Mike Plotnikoff*
  • Vocal mixing video tutorial with Howard Benson*
  • Vocal mixing video tutorial with Joey Sturgis*
  • Complete how-to video manual explaining all functionality of the plugin
  • Plugin User Manual

* Accessed via the JST VIP membership site - membership not required

Technical Requirements & Compatibility

Includes:

  • Howard Benson Vocals plugin installers
  • Perpetual single-user license
  • Plugin User Manual
  • Bonuses listed above

OS Compatibility:

  • Mac 10.8+ 32/64-bit
  • Win 7+ 32/64-bit

Requirements:

  • Supported Windows or MacOSX Operating System
  • Compatible DAW supporting AAX, AU, VST2, or VST3 plugin formats
  • FREE iLok Account, iLok dongle NOT required

Supported DAWs:

  • Avid Pro Tools, Steinberg Cubase, Apple Logic, GarageBand, Cockos Reaper, PreSonus Studio One, Ableton Live, FL Studio, Digital Performer
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