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I need eq. tips or suggestions for voiceover vocals!

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by doubleS, Jan 25, 2005.

  1. doubleS

    doubleS Guest

    Hello I'm a newbie to this forum & I would like suggestions & help with my vocals.
    I have been creating radio ads for the past 2 yrs. and I've read quite a few mags. on eq.ing by the octave a bit of internet stories etc. I have tweeked and tweeked with my eq. settings enough to know that I need an outside fresh perspective on my vocals. My objective is to have my vocals project through the mix with authority and clairity. But not too wild,I want them to cut through the mix still appreciating the surrounding elements, I use compressors to get more gain but I need to compliment them with more effective eq.ing.
    I don't know how to post a link where you can hear a sample of my work but I'm willing to send it out via e-mail.
    I really would like to take my busines international but I don't feel that its ready. Can someone help.
    The equipment I use is: a home built vocal booth outfitted with auralex versatile foam. a Nuemann TLM103 mic, Avalon Design VT 737sp mic pre/ Tube compressor, Mackie 1202 VLZ Pro mixing console, Mbox Pro Tools LE 6.1

    If you can give any suggestions please don't hesitate.

  2. LittleDogAudio

    LittleDogAudio Active Member

    Sep 24, 2004
    Without hearing a example it's hard to give an opinion.

    But... just as a suggestion, I like to add a few dbs around 13-15k to the vox. It's way too high to cause a sibilance problem but adds a nice "air" and added clarity.

    Just a thought.

    email it to me:


  3. drumrob

    drumrob Active Member

    Jun 2, 2004
    Eugene, Oregon

    As Chris says, it's hard to give more specific advice without hearing the file. He should be able to give you good advice once he gets the file.

    That said, in general, if you boost around 4k, the "intelligibility" of the sound increases. That's why many people like the Shure SM58 for singing - it has a presence boost at 4k. If you have a music bed, I would suggest also cutting at 4k for the music. This will help the voice-over stand out a bit more.

    Like I said, a huge generalization, but maybe it will be useful. Have fun!

  4. doubleS

    doubleS Guest

    I've sent some files to Cris already and I applied his advise on boosting around15K. This has proven to be effective with a noticeable clairity. During work today I will try boosting the 4K range and see how this effects the mix.
    Thank you guys for your responses, I will keep you posted!


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