? about vocal fx

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Member Since: Jul 25, 2005

what do you all do to your vocals, if you dont mind me asking :-). . . besides eq, compression, and pitcth correction . . . some advice i got was to put it down the center and ad some lexicon . . . but the cd's on the market sound like theres a lot more goin on . . . one of the things i've been playing with is (vocal down the center really short delay to the left and really short delay (but longer than left side)to the right) . . . its not really a slap-back . . . you cant hear a delay, but the vocal seam to sit different in the mix . . . i think i read this in home recording mag. awhile back

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Since: Apr 03, 2002

Aug 09, 2005 07:17 am

sometimes a very very short and subtle delay is used, sometimes reverb, these can be used to sink the vocals back into the mix a little rather than have it sounding like the vocalist is 2 inches in front of the listeners face. Compression is generally a must to some extent.

Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

Aug 09, 2005 08:19 am

i concur with dB. I did the song in my profile (the only one there) with a vocal compressor (classic compressor), then a very light reverb (ambient in classic reverb), then a single delay, very short, to thicken it up a little more. I think the vocal turned out very full, but not overly present.

I'm not connected, or rich, so I can't run vocal processors, or high-end reverb or compressors, or $$$ studio mastering, so my level of product may be a fair bit short from martina mcbride, but I liked it, and I can get it done for cheap =)

Since: Jul 24, 2005

Aug 09, 2005 10:11 am

Telepat, that "Time In A Bottle" in your profile is good! Wow, what a great song that is. I hope to write something good once in my lifetime. Anyway, good rendition. A shame about the fire. I hope your stuff was insured. What a blow.

Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

Aug 09, 2005 10:28 am

yeah, we're insured. We're getting started now on the construction. I'm planning on building a real(ish) basement studio, after the house is done.

I plan to document and photo the process.

Thanks for the input BTW, I really appreciate the comments.

Here's a thread, with more info on the song, if you're inclined:


* to Keith: I try to balance the vocal and other prominent instrument, a little left for vocal, and a little right for main instrument, plus the stuff mentioned above.

Since: Apr 03, 2002

Aug 09, 2005 12:09 pm

Usually put a little bit distortion (tiny) and a lot of compression on them. This gives me that old time, dirty sound.

Hold 'Em Czar
Since: Dec 30, 2004

Aug 09, 2005 12:26 pm

eq compress and reverb/delays is about all i do to vocals, nothin' to auto-tune here.

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

Aug 09, 2005 05:58 pm

What I do is (in this order usually) compress, eq, reverb/delay (more times than not, reverb). Put the main vocals right down the middle or pan just barely left or right. Then if you have a second track of vocals (overdubs) pan a little opposite of what the mains are doing, and eq them so that they are a little higher in the eq spectrum. That should give it some sparkle. But mostly, I keep it real basic.

Since: Jul 25, 2005

Aug 10, 2005 05:26 am

i use compression and eq . . . auto-tune(if needed). . . im curious about your settings on reverb, delays, panning and maybe chorus . . . here's a setting that ive used on delays [lead vocals down the center . . 10ms(i think its milliseconds) hard left and 30ms hard right . . . the delays will be the same volume as the lead or a little softer . . . you shouldnt hear a slap-back because the delays are really short . . . also set it to delay once only(no multi-delays) . . . because the 30ms is the last your ears hear . . . the vocal seems to sit a little to the right . . . i ran some cd's through a stereo processor and opened it wide . . the lead vocal didnt disappear . . . this leads me to think theres more going on in the stereo spectrum . . . if it was down the center it would disappear . . . is this trick with delays worth it or is it better to just pan it a little to the right?

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