Since: Jul 02, 2003
Without hearing it, it's really tough to say, but a compressor might help to even things out, as well as using volume envelopes on the clip.
Posted on Mar 27, 2009 08:59 pm
one-man recording to insanity
Member Since: Mar 16, 2009
I'm soooo discouraged right now. I've spent a ton of time on a song, and I just can't get the vocals right. I want to mix them a bit lower, but I know people will complain they're too quiet. Well, frankly, my vocals sound obtrusive on this song, and I just can't figure out how to fix them. I may eventually have to decide it's just my performance and redo it or give up entirely.
One thing is the volume fluctuates a lot on the vocal track, particularly for the chorus. If there was some way to "soften" the peaks, I think that would help. I've tried messing with the settings for hard limiting and stuff, using some wave editors, but I frankly don't know what I'm doing. I've tried lots of different reverb options, and I'm not sure it helps.
I mostly go on feel, and I've had great luck so far, but with the vocals on this song, I just can't get it right. I'm sure there must be some tricks I could use; worse vocal performances have been given and made to sound better, I think. There must be a way here, too.
As usual, my request for help is not well worded. Sorry about that. Honestly, it's just my lack of experience and knowledge in recording, like most things!
Would be great if anyone had ideas. It's not the end of the world if I have to redo it, obviously, but I'm worried I'll just keep having the same difficulties.
Edit: For clarity? Hate to add to an already long-winded post, but I thought some background might help. The song I'm doing was just meant to be a lark, a rather loud rock song for fun as something a little different from the rest of my album. Anyway, recording the vocals, chorus especially, it's meant to be sung loudly. However, this is hard to do when I'm only hearing the music through headphones and essentially yelling into silence. If I turn the headphones up much more, I get distortion in them.
So the point is that my vocals are kinda strained. If I were singing it with a band, or hell, even just along with the tracks in my car at high volume, I'd be able to do it a lot better. Anyway, this, and my lack of recording technique, and my neuroses, all add up to a few sleepless nights of fatigued recording. :) Again, sorry to add to an already long post. I would love to figure out a way to fix these vocals and just finish this damn song in a manner that sounds acceptable.
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