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Children voices

Discussion in 'Recording' started by MikeT99, Apr 14, 2005.

  1. MikeT99

    MikeT99 Active Member

    No, I'm not asking about any tipe of VirtuaLittleAngel2.1...

    I'm doing this production (refered to elsewhere in this site), and I'm having some trouble in tightening up the vocals. It's a children's record (sung and aimed to the "children market"). The songs are based on traditional portuguese songs, arrangements are nice and modern (drums, guitars, kbrds, you know, like pop) - this is a higly successfull style here in Portugal!
    Well, I recorded 4 children (plus a grown-up female vocalist singing softly to resemble a child voice, but with greater timing and pitch). I've overdubbed the voices to get 3 workable tracks per voice, summing to 14-15 dubbed vocals. I'm editing in PT, using VocaLine(typing?), and waiting for them to install melodyne to work on pitch issues. But, somehow, voices are not glueing well... I'm sending them to an "alt-bus" with some mild compression, and running them through RVerb, to add some space. But, maybe it's because out-of-tune notes are disrupting the choir as a whole, I'm not getting a blended sound. I'm trying with different compression/reverb settings. I've panned the voices a little around the middle.
    Any hints? Suggestions? Thanks in advance!
  2. MikeT99

    MikeT99 Active Member

  3. ghellquist

    ghellquist Member

    Mike, I have read your question and have no hints. Sorry to say but this is exactly what I would expect to happen. I tend to think that if you want it to sound like a choir, you should record a choir.

    Hopefully someone else can help.

    a real amateur
  4. John Stafford

    John Stafford Well-Known Member

    If you intend to use Melodyne, it's best that each voice is recorded in a vocal booth, or somewhere very dry. You should record each of the voices separately as you will have to process this way. If you haven't recorded each voice that way, you might have some strange noises added by Melodyne. If possible, insert silences wherever you can. If you have not done things this way, I'm not suggesting it won't work, but you might have to take a little more time getting things to work. It's a good idea to experiment a lot with Melodyne. It's a wonderful program, and you migh surprise yourself with how good things can sound. Once you've corrected the pitches, it can be a good idea to have a few minute variations in pitch, to maintain a natural sound. Good luck with it :cool:

    John Stafford
  5. MikeT99

    MikeT99 Active Member

    Thanks guys! Well, the idea behind recording each voice separately is to process (ie. correct pitch and time variations) each voice individually.

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