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Huge backing vocals

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by Turner, Sep 19, 2009.

  1. Turner

    Turner Guest

    Hello,

    I'm trying to make huge backing vocals.
    I recorded about 4 backings ( but with each different harmonies ) about 12 tracks in total, doubled. But it does not sound huge enough.
    I've used low vocals, lots of harmonies, even put an octave above that, which
    is really nice if mixed in not too loud. I've used reverb, chorus, delays.
    Want I want is a stadium crowd out of a few vocals ( might harmonizing work ? ). Anyway, any kind of feedback on how to achieve that is welcome.
    Thanks a lot.

    P.
     
  2. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Well-Known Member

    Try using am omni mic in the center of a ring of people shouting the lines rather than trying to blend a bunch of single tracks to try to get the same effect.
     
  3. UncleBob58

    UncleBob58 Active Member

    More vocal tracks! What you should do, however, is raise the pitch of the track a half step and do another set of harmonies, raise the pitch of the track another half step (a full step above the original) and do another set of harmonies, lower the pitch of the track a half step and do another set of harmonies, lower the pitch of the track another half step (a full step below the original) and do another set of harmonies. Then put everything back into the original pitch. Do some falsetto tracks the same way, there are always women in crowds like that. This will change the tonal quality of your voice a bit giving the impression of more than one person doing the vocal harmonies. Do not make the additional performances perfect, in fact, be sloppy; a large percentage of the people in any large crowd can't sing worth a damn. Use a crowd sample, Autotune it and blend it in.

    You can also try to use voice formanting instead (or in addition). Or, the obvious, just get a large group of people to perform the vocals for you. Track them multiple times using the above "trick."

    Check out Roger Waters' album "Amused to Death"; on the track "What God Wants, Pt 2" there is a huge stadium crowd effect that was done using a combination of multiple singers, pitch manipulation and effects.
     
  4. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Well-Known Member

    duplicate each track, put a slight delay on the duplicates. instant big choir.

    :cool:
     

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