Flat Vocals

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Answer:On a good day, lipstick.
Member Since: Jun 24, 2004

Possibly (more like probably...) due to my hideous pseudo-baritone voice (not nice...), my latest vocal recording is a little lifeless. I've added a little reverb, which helped to make it a little more musical, but it's not quite where I want it. I've copied the vocal track and hard panned the two tracks to opposite channels, and added EQ to get more "ooomph" in there. I also using the VOXENGO Old school reverb plug-in for a little sparkle. Noo-bad (as Coco would say). However, there's still "something" not quite there. Does anyone know of a plug-in (remember I am cheap! So FREE is always my fave price..lol), that's an absolute marvel with lifeless vocals?

I know the old maxim: Crap in/Crap out; and I'm doing my best to sing right, and get a nice signal, but I'm just looking for a little more "something."

Rest of the track is starting to sound nice (after a thousand takes, and re-recording, and dismantling the "wall of sound" million guitars etc.), and trying to adhere to the KISS principle.

Also, where do you usually put the snare in EQ frequency? I'm undecided between the tight "piccolo" type sound, and a slightly deeper sound that reminds me of a large metal framed snare.

The song is a pop/jazz type thing. 4/4, 109 bpm, slightly swinging.....

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Hold 'Em Czar
Since: Dec 30, 2004

Feb 15, 2005 01:48 pm

i love voxengo plugs!!! it'd really help if you can post whatcha got already, if ya can't, i understand....i realy don't have much to offer, i just wanted to give props to voxengo, it's good to see other ppl usin' them....i've found whith the KISS principle on vox, eq compression and reverb is really all ya need...so my advice would be to keep on tweekin' those parameters!

good luck


Since: Jan 23, 2005

Feb 15, 2005 02:14 pm

if your delay effects has a chorus. you can slap that on to thicken up your sound and just adjust the delay to your preference.

Since: Jan 12, 2004

Feb 15, 2005 02:30 pm

I often use delay, have used chorus and on occasion, vocal distortion to get a gritty sound.

Noo bad indeed man...if ye post it up, maybes we can give ye better advice TC.

Good luck to ye

And, check oot these plugs fi Kjaerhusaudio
(www.kjaerhusaudio.com)...I used them ALL in my songs...bloody top notch they are.


Since: Jul 02, 2003

Feb 15, 2005 03:07 pm

I picked up the Voxengo Voxformer plugin, it is about the best one of come across so far for vocals and even guitar drums etc.

As far as flat vocal sound, you can double track the vocals to give them that extra something that most commercial recordings have. Along with with some hi freq EQ to add some air to them.


Since: Feb 14, 2005

Feb 15, 2005 08:01 pm

Excuse my ignorance... but what is the KISS principle?

Since: Apr 03, 2002

Feb 15, 2005 08:19 pm

Keep It Simple, Stupid.

Since: Feb 14, 2005

Feb 15, 2005 08:44 pm

Hahaha - yes, I should have known :-)

I was imagining some highly secretive technique employed by Ace Frehley to attain some kind of untouchable guitar sound.

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