Vocal Mixing Help

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Member Since: Nov 27, 2008

Whats up guys, I havent been recording for very long, and have been mixing for even less than that. This site has been THE biggest help (along with Warbeats.com) in improving my production and mixing skills. I have a question in regards to recodring and mixing of vocals. My style of music is R&B, a more urban type of sound. What Im trying to figure out is how to get that thick, warm pre-chorus/chorus sound in the vox. Some good examples of the sound Im going for are located in my fileden profile @ (remove the spaces):

www.fileden.com /files/2006/7/3/106663/ ticket.mp3


www.fileden.com/ files/2006/7/3/106663/ boo.mp3

overall thats the general chorus sound Im going for. Also, if someone could explain a little how the verses were mixed? These are the best examples of the sound Im trying to create...


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Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Dec 02, 2008 07:40 pm

Well I can't say exactly which processor they are using but the chorus is being done with a harmonizer either hardware or pluggin. I would guess hardware. You can go from around $300 or $400 for a digitech unit, a bit more for something from TC electronics or you can spend several thousand for an Eventide unit which it sounds like they may have been using. Don't quote me on that though as the mp3 makes it tuff to get a real feel for it.

The verse is probably treated as well, possibly an autotune is used for that and maybe in the chorus as well.

Music Afficionado
Since: Aug 12, 2008

Jan 12, 2009 09:56 am

Noize - Can you give a bit more insight on a harmonizer in terms of plug-ins? Are these standard on any of the main systems or vendors, i.e. T-Racks, Bomb Factory, etc? I use DP5 and would love to mess around with one. Thanks.

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Jan 12, 2009 06:48 pm

No, you will not find that type of plugin standard in any software packages. Sonar comes close though with the V-Vocal plugin, which is first off an auto-tune type plugin but when used as a VST in a track can do harmony parts, although one at a time. Not multiple bits like the hardware can do.

This is one of the few that work well. www.barryrudolph.com/mix/eventideoctavox.html

I know there is Melodyne which I do believe has either dropped the new version out now or is getting ready to. This is one helluva a pluggin and can do harmony stuff as well.

Since: Jan 27, 2009

Jan 27, 2009 10:30 pm

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Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Jan 28, 2009 05:52 pm

What for? Have you checked it out... Thoroughly?

Just another guy coping to the PT thing and claiming he can make you a big time record producer and mixer.

More like he is just trying to make a buck off the public willing to cough up cash to buy what they can get for free on youtube.

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