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How common is vocal doubling?

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by jonnystevens, Oct 9, 2007.

  1. jonnystevens

    jonnystevens Guest

    I was thinking about doing some vocal doubling for my cd I'm recording. How common is this?
  2. EricIndecisive

    EricIndecisive Active Member

    like a harmony or double tracking? im sure its pretty common. listen to nickelback, theyre in love with it. pop music + making vocals impossible to sing in real life = hit songs
  3. TheBear

    TheBear Guest

    ya a lot of people do it. doubling and harmonies.
  4. jonyoung

    jonyoung Well-Known Member

    Lots of doubling is done with digital delay (10-25ms) since doing it the old fashioned way isn't as easy as it seems. I've only encountered a few vocalists that have the phrasing and pitch control to do it really well.
  5. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    As much as I can't stand listening to her...Natalie Merchant is a fine example.

    Much of what's heard today is done via harmonizers, not vocal doubling. (Nickelback, Hillary Duff, Rihanna, etc...) It takes a pretty good musician to be able to do it without making it sound like a ripe pile of feces.
  6. EricIndecisive

    EricIndecisive Active Member

    well, even with the harmonizers, they still sound like a ripe pile of feces. thats why i like punk rock cus i can relate. they cant sing and neither can i, its a beautiful thing
  7. MediaMurder

    MediaMurder Guest


    It is very sad that this is true, pop culture devours unrealistic music made by untalented individuals...

    *sheds a tear*
  8. fourone3

    fourone3 Active Member

    Precisely why engineers are more talented than the 'artists' :wink:
  9. EricIndecisive

    EricIndecisive Active Member

    hey, there still are SOME people that can actually play / sing. im just not one of them. nor am i a good engineer. dammit! but its fun anyways!
  10. jonyoung

    jonyoung Well-Known Member

    That's the spirit! I'll autotune the very occasional word or phrase on a vocal track, but I've become a curmudgeon and will flame someone right out of the room if they want every damned word tuned. I think it was Roger Daltry who once said "A word sung out of pitch, but with feeling is always better than a word sung in perfect pitch without feeling. I like my music organic.....just not as organic as ripe feces, however.
  11. EricIndecisive

    EricIndecisive Active Member

    agreed, i wouldnt expect someone to sing perfectly, even a professional. as long as theyre better than me, i got respect!
  12. Link555

    Link555 Well-Known Member

    The doors used a lot of doubled vocal have a listen.
  13. pr0gr4m

    pr0gr4m Well-Known Member

    Really? I shall have a listen.
  14. Costy

    Costy Guest

    Hey Jonnystevens,
    Yes, double tracking vocals is a common technique back from
    long time ago. You may check out DVD series "Classic Albums",
    these are about making of well known records. A couple come to
    mind: Machine Head by Deep Purple and Dark Side of the Moon
    by Pink Floyd. Good examples of double tracking and harmonizing
    vocals for real, not with plugs and boxes.
    However, the post, it seems removed by moderators (about punk),
    had a point - sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. For example,
    R. Plant in Zeppelin didn't use it much, neither Sir Mic in Stones. It's
    like with classical music, a solo violin versus violin section. You got
    to figure out what delivers your idea better.
    Just an opinion.
  15. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    Oh heck, having a mediocre singer doubling their track makes them sound only half as mediocre. So I would say, there are numerous good reasons to do it and not with a digital delay device. You want all of their natural inconsistencies not computer created inconsistencies. Even if they are not good at doubling themselves, you can help to correct timing and pitch problems in software. You will still have enough variations to provide true realism and not a computer fake. So there are your reasons for cutting more than one lead vocal tract on more than a single channel. Always get at least two complete good takes out of them and then you have the workings for what you need to.

    Double trouble
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  16. JensenBohren

    JensenBohren Guest

    I guess that works if you're the only game in town, but if you say that they shouldn't autotune each word and they say "I can go across town to the other guy..."

    ...well, that just doesn't work.
  17. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    It depends on how bad you want/need business.

    When I had a nice commercial studio with a high rent, I would do whatever was necessary. Now that I have no overhead, I tell them to pound pavement.
  18. As for examples on this subject I would have thought the most famous user of doubling his vocal was John Lennon.
    I'd even go as far as saying it was his 'vocal sound'. If you want to record a Lennon sound alike; double it!

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