Should i add plug-ins during or after vocals recorded?????

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Member Since: Aug 10, 2007

To all the enlightened folks on hrc i pose a question.....Should i add plug ins before i record vocals or after????

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Since: Apr 03, 2002

Aug 23, 2007 11:14 am

After, I personally record as flat and raw as possible, and process afterward.

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Since: Jun 24, 2004

Aug 23, 2007 11:22 am


I do both, depending on how I feel. That's the beauty of plug-ins.

Ne'er ate 'er
Since: Apr 05, 2006

Aug 23, 2007 11:23 am

If you add processing as you record, you're stuck with it forever. You can change your mind - and you will - as often as you want if you add plugins in mixdown.
Since: Feb 07, 2005

Aug 23, 2007 11:26 am

I always track the vocals dry but send a wet mix to the singers headphones. Then I'll tweak the track a bit afterwards.

Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

Aug 23, 2007 11:56 am

I concur, def after. I don't even give them a wet mix . . .

ha, that'll teach 'em to be finicky!


I know a guy that was tracking (not with me) and the engineer only put bass guitar in his cans. He thinks, "how odd" and nails it anyway. What a trooper!

Ne'er ate 'er
Since: Apr 05, 2006

Aug 23, 2007 12:01 pm

Heh, don't get me started on "monitor sissies".. that's a thread unto itself.

Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

Aug 23, 2007 12:13 pm

Ha, good term =).

Since: Aug 10, 2007

Aug 23, 2007 12:17 pm

Good lookin out on the advice everybody.

bace135 in the house tonight!
Since: Jan 28, 2003

Aug 23, 2007 12:40 pm

yeah, i say record dry (no effects) and then add effects once it's been recorded as you can make changes and tweak as you see fit.

monitor sissies. I love it.

A small pie will soon be eaten
Since: Aug 26, 2004

Aug 23, 2007 09:59 pm

I record with some outboard compression personally but definitely nothing more.

Chief Cook and Bottle Washer
Since: May 10, 2002

Aug 24, 2007 01:19 am

Depends on if the vocalist can 'work' the effect. I've got one that can 'work' verb real well. I'll set the verb on the playback side fed to him. He still tracks dry so I can insert compression, de-ess, some vox treatement pre verb for the mix if I like.

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