Laurent “Tippy I” Alfred

Musician, Producer, Engineer

I Grade Dub, Midnite, Pressure, Lutan Fyah, Dezarie

Tippy I is a musician, producer, audio engineer, and co-owner of I Grade Records in St. Croix.

Dub music is known in part for its unique implementation of delays and other audio effects, and the sound of dub on the island of St. Croix is heavily influenced by Tippy I and his arsenal of Soundtoys plug-ins.

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Since launching I Grade Records in 2001 Tippy I has produced, recorded and mixed over 30 albums with a range of roots reggae artists including Midnite, Pressure, Lutan Fyah, Dezarie, Niyorah, Perfect Giddimani, Glen Washington, Cornel Campbell, Toussaint, Danny I, Army, Abja and many others. The current headquarters for Tippy I’s audio work is Aqua Sounds Studio in St. Croix, where he serves as head engineer and operates I Grade Studio out of Studio B. Tippy I also performs his live dub mixes around the world through his recently launched live dub sound systemI Grade Dub.

“I use Soundtoys on almost every mix and live dub mix that I do.  They are an integral part of how I create space and manipulate time in my mixes and give me the tweakability that I need as a dub mixer.”

While he is most known for his work in the reggae genre, Tippy I is also a composer/producer of a wide range of musical creations, from hip hop to soul to film scores.  While based in Brooklyn NYC before relocating back to his home in St. Croix in 2005, he was a member of the Downbeat Production Collective that produced several notable hip hop songs including “Hell Yeah” by dead prez feat. Jay-Z and “Ridin'” by David Banner feat. dead prez and Talib Kweli. More recently, Zion I Kings – a collective of the producers of I Grade Records, Zion High Productions and Lustre Kings Productions – has developed a powerful new sound that has the feel of classic roots, but with a cutting edge HD quality and progressive creativity.

Check out the song “LION IS A LION” by Pressure Busspipe. Here’s how Tippy I used Soundtoys on the record:

“I used EchoBoy delays for sure – at least 2 different ones….I like a particular preset I made that splatters the echo around a stereo field…  I also used the MicroShift on some of the synths to widen them up. I probably used PanMan after my other delays to bounce them across the stereo image. The filter later in the song is FilterFreak too.”

And here is the I Grade Dub remix of “LION IS A LION,” featuring even more Soundtoys modulation and delays:

You can read more about Tippy I and I Grade Dub on their website and Facebook page.

Artists

Autolux
Autolux
Band

"Soundtoys plug-ins generate all kinds of unexpected melodic disasters at the extremes." – Greg Edwards

Tom Elmhirst
Tom Elmhirst
Mixing Engineer

Adele, Amy Winehouse, Cee Lo Green, Florence & The Machine

"Once you start using all of these plug-ins you find it hard to stop."

Son Lux
Son Lux
Band

Lorde, Woodkid, Sufjan Stevens, Busdriver, Nico Muhly

"In creating Son Lux's music, we make regular use of every Soundtoys plug-in." - Ryan Lott (Son Lux)

Ariel Borujow
Ariel Borujow
Mixing Engineer

Notorious B.I.G., Kanye West, Lucius, Chromeo, Justin Martin, Prinze George

"Soundtoys has helped me to achieve "In-The-Box" what I was used to when mixing on analog desks."

Marc Urselli
Marc Urselli
Engineer, Producer, Mixer, Sound Designer

Lou Reed, Nick Cave, John Zorn, Laurie Anderson, Joss Stone

"Soundtoys plug-ins help me come up with tons of alternate ideas and sonic palettes that I might have not otherwise thought of."

Clean Bandit
Clean Bandit
Band

Sean Paul, Anne-Marie, Marina and the Diamonds, Jess Glynne, Zara Larsson

"I've used Crystallizer, Little AlterBoy and EchoBoy on more or less every track that I've produced in the last three years." – Jack Patterson

Moderat
Moderat
Band

Apparat / Modeselektor

"EchoBoy is not just a delay plug-in - it adds life to your sound."

Scott Hansen
Scott Hansen
Composer, Songwriter, Producer

Tycho

"It's really inspiring as an artist to see developers who are as passionate about true hardware sound as I am."

Fab Dupont
Fab Dupont
Writer, Mixer, Producer

David Crosby, Isaac Hayes, Shakira, The Dø

"Soundtoys plugins bring the vibe to every single one of my mixes. No Soundtoys, no mixing."

Greg Wells
Greg Wells
Musician, Producer, Songwriter

Katy Perry, Adele, Keith Urban, Twenty One Pilots, Pharrell Williams, Rufus Wainwright

"Soundtoys has the most unique and useful color palette out there, and all the plug-ins are suited to my needs as a record maker."

Will Clarke
Will Clarke
Producer, DJ, Radio Host

Shiba San, Riva Starr, Dirtybird Records

"MicroShift is a secret tool I use for my vocals - it adds an amazing wideness but doesn't lose the vocals in the mix."

Jad Abumrad
Jad Abumrad
Radio Host, Composer, Producer

Radiolab

"FilterFreak's lowpass sort of defines the Radiolab sound."

Qmillion
Qmillion
Producer, Mixer, Composer, Songwriter

Robert Glasper, Derrick Hodge, Chris Dave, Billy Preston, Seun Kuti

“Soundtoys put a wide palette of colors in my hand to paint with!”

Wye Oak
Wye Oak
Band

"Without these tools, we would be a much different sounding band."

ESKMO
ESKMO
Producer, Composer

Brendan Angelides

"Soundtoys have made a wonderful collection of plug-ins that are downright musical."

Scott Jacoby
Scott Jacoby
Writer, Producer, Engineer, Mixer, Multi-Instrumentalist

John Legend, Vampire Weekend, Sia, Cory Henry

"Soundtoys found a way to put soul, feel, grit and warmth into the digital world."

Tim Kelley
Tim Kelley
Producer, Songwriter

Michael Jackson, Madonna, Beyonce, TLC, Boyz II Men, Sia

Zedd
Zedd
Musician, Producer, DJ

Ke$ha, Hayley Williams, Skrillex, Selena Gomez

“The Soundtoys 5 bundle is a must have in my plugin arsenal."

Jack Garratt
Jack Garratt
Songwriter, Producer, Performer

"The Soundtoys Plug-ins were absolutely necessary in the completion of my album, Phase."

Lido
Lido
Producer, Songwriter, Artist

Cashmere Cat, Chance The Rapper, Banks, Halsey

"Soundtoys plug-ins sound absolutely incredible and I use them all the time."

Glass Animals
Glass Animals
Band

"I’m constantly using them in the studio and on stage."

Trent Reznor
Trent Reznor
Producer, Remixer, Artist

Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, David Bowie

"Calling EchoBoy a delay plug-in is doing it a disservice. It has become the first thing I turn to for treating a wide variety of sources."

Ken Andrews
Ken Andrews
Producer / Engineer / Mixer / Composer / Multi-Instrumentalist

Failure, Paramore, M83, A Perfect Circle, Beck, Nine Inch Nails

"EchoBoy is definitely my echo of choice."

Peter Katis
Peter Katis
Producer, Engineer, Mixer

The National, Interpol, Jonsi, Trey Anastasio

"I love Soundtoys plug-ins. They’re practical, creative, fun and effective. I use them all, and a few…I couldn’t live without."

John Hill
John Hill
Producer, Songwriter, Mixer

Aluna George, BØRNS, Wavves, Rihanna, Santigold, P!nk

"These plug-ins are amazing. They get used on every song I work on."

David Sitek
David Sitek
Guitarist, Producer

TV on the Radio, Jane's Addiction, Yeah Yeah Yeahs

"Decapitator RULES!"

MNDR
MNDR
Artist, Remixer, DJ

"My favorite plug-ins, hands down, are Soundtoys EchoBoy, FilterFreak (1 and 2), and Decapitator."

Dave Tozer
Dave Tozer
Producer, Songwriter, Musician

John Legend, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake

"Soundtoys plugins are a part of every record that I make.”

Yeasayer
Yeasayer
Elite Middle Eastern-Psych-Snap-Gospel Band

"The Crystallizer and EchoBoy are in constant use, I’m literally obsessed!"

Ade Fenton
Ade Fenton
Producer, Engineer, Remixer

Gary Numan, IAMX, Parralox, Motor

"I’m very, very impressed."

Dave Clarke
Dave Clarke
Remixer, DJ, Producer, Radio Presenter

The Chemical Brothers, Chicks on Speed, Fischerspooner, Moby, Depeche Mode

"Soundtoys are absolutely essential to my production work."

Jamey Scott
Jamey Scott
Sound Designer

Gears of War 1, 2 & 3, Unreal Tournament, Daxter

“I’ve become increasingly dependent on Soundtoys."

John Paterno
John Paterno
Producer, Engineer

Lustra, Soraya, Robben Ford, Eros Ramazzotti, Bonnie Raitt, Badly Drawn Boy

"Soundtoys plug-ins have proven that analog effects can be attained in the digital domain."

Gerald O’Brien
Gerald O’Brien
Songwriter, Composer, Producer

Martina McBride, Hall & Oates, Trace Adkins, Dr Phil, NFL SuperBowl

"They have become my ‘go-to’ plug-ins."