How can I achieve "gang" vocals with just one vocalist?

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Member Since: Apr 26, 2002

What is the best way to achieve this? I'm working on a song now and I've got about 6 tracks on top of each other, all panned and EQ'd differently, but it still just doesn't have the sound I'm looking for.

Basically I'm going for this: www.myspace.com/bouncingsouls

Listen to True Believers. It sounds like an entire chorus but it's just 3 guys.

Any ideas?

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


Jun 18, 2008 06:30 pm

www.soundclick.com/bands/...;songID=3212254

Listen to the very end of the song. I changed my voice to have different textures and doubled each voice. I think there are 4 different voices at 2 different octaves. So a total of 8 tracks. All eq'd and panned differently. Not saying you want this particular effect, but point is try changing the texture of your voice a bit...

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Since: Apr 26, 2002


Jun 18, 2008 07:05 pm

I uploaded the song to my profile if anyone is interested in hearing where I'm at with it. The vocals in question don't kick in until the end.

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Since: Apr 26, 2002


Jun 18, 2008 07:22 pm

Hmm, perhaps I didn't upload it. And I'm having some trouble. I'll try again after dinner.

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Jun 18, 2008 10:02 pm

i double vox tracks as a minimum, with both the original melody and a harmony.

a good trick is to do a third double harmony on each, but dont follow the same melody as the other 2. use it as a kinda backing note, kinda like a bass guitar plays with the guitar and drums.
use a syncapated feel, it works good.
im sure thats called something, not up with the jargon.
but essentially they are gang vox.
though you probably dont wanna go this far with what you want, but you can always back it off a bit.

i've done 10 tracks of gangies before using this method and when panned correctly it sounds wicked.

correct harmony choice is paramount for anything though i reckon.
some sound good, others sound not so, but work none the less.

Czar of Midi
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Since: Apr 04, 2002


Jun 18, 2008 10:46 pm

I'll try and catch it tomorrow night Johnny. Good to see you here again. You keep disappearing.

Czar of Midi
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Jun 19, 2008 09:10 pm

Or whenever you upload it. I'll be watching for it.

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Jun 20, 2008 05:40 am

Hmm, well, every time I try to upload it I'm told a file by that name already exists, and I've tried changing the name 3 times now.

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Jun 20, 2008 06:34 pm

OK, seriously, I'm getting frustrated. I've changed the file name, I've changed the name of the song, I've changed EVERYTHING except for the actual song IN the file, but I still keep getting this error every time I try to upload: "A file by that name already exists, please change file name."

What gives?

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Since: Apr 03, 2002


Jun 20, 2008 06:38 pm

email me the file, let me mess with it later tonight after training.

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Since: Apr 26, 2002


Jun 20, 2008 09:32 pm

Done.

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Jun 22, 2008 10:46 am

Any luck dB?

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Since: Apr 03, 2002


Jun 22, 2008 11:42 am

haven't even looked at it yet.

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Since: Apr 03, 2002


Jun 22, 2008 11:50 am

that is a 10 MB file, do you have space for it? I didn't and that is the error it gave me for some weird reason...

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Jun 22, 2008 02:06 pm

Wow, 10MB? I didn't realize it was that big. I should have room though, I took everything else off my profile.

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Jun 22, 2008 02:14 pm

I just tried uploading a completely different file and I STILL got the same error.

"A file by that name already exists, please change file name."

It seems I can't upload music at all now?

http://www.reverbnation.com/2ndg
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Since: Nov 27, 2007


Jul 01, 2008 03:02 am

come across this too, convert your file to an MP3 to squash it down and then rename the file so it will let you upload it here.
an easy, free trial prog is called switch mp3 converter. google.

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Since: Apr 03, 2002


Jul 01, 2008 08:21 am

I have to start a naming convention for these files, the more we get the more name collisions we'll start having...

Sorry I dropped the ball on dealing with this Hero, I've been wrapped up in a few other things...in case you haven't noticed, I haven't been around the site that much...maybe over the holiday weekend, in between blowing **** up I'll look into it.

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Jul 03, 2008 10:43 am

So are you saying I just happen to be naming my files the same name someones else already has up by chance?

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Since: Apr 03, 2002


Jul 03, 2008 10:45 am

actually, somebody emailed me with the same problem, I'm looking into it this weekend.

http://www.reverbnation.com/2ndg
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Jul 03, 2008 08:38 pm

from my experience, when you try and fail to upload a song and then try again, its like it still has memory of the old file or something, so it doesnt let you do it.
if i just re name the file with say, the same name and then wack a . on the end or a muber or something like that it works.

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Jul 03, 2008 08:39 pm

muber= number

Czar of Midi
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Jul 03, 2008 10:19 pm

muber 9


muber 9


muuuuubeeerrr nnnnnnnnnn9

http://www.reverbnation.com/2ndg
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Jul 04, 2008 08:20 pm

who the hell is muber anyways?

and what does he want?

Czar of Midi
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Jul 04, 2008 09:25 pm

If some of the other old farts saw this they would know exactly who muber is.

Although it is me having a bit of fun with your typo.

I'll give you a hint though.

Beatles

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Jul 04, 2008 10:46 pm

will get back to ya...research...

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Jul 04, 2008 10:55 pm

mmm, all i could find is the urban dictionary's version, muber as in "muber cool"? i get the where it came from but i still dont get it.

dont think thats what youre talking about though.
i didnt read too much of the story under Beatles but does it have something to do with them recording in Hamburg?
mmm....i got nothin else.

Czar of Midi
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Jul 04, 2008 11:10 pm

There is a recording of a song in which John says number 9 repeatedly.

I simply used your typo of the word number in which you typed muber and replaced number with muber.


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Jul 06, 2008 05:17 am

ya learn something new everyday eh?

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