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Mix Help

Discussion in 'Recording' started by dabhoys, Oct 26, 2005.

  1. dabhoys

    dabhoys Guest

    I know there is a vocal section but it seemed more geared towards the prodcution elements of vocals.

    I've been asked to mix a track. The style of music is fairly modern heavy metal. The vocals are sorta growly type vocals. I'm going to start mixing at the weekend.

    The vocals are ok but aren't beefy enough. I'm thinking of trying a few different things to warm or beef them up.

    Send out an aux and compress the hell out of it and bring it up behind the main one.

    My other idea was to Use Serato Pitch n' Time and copy the vox and drop them down an octave and blend with original.

    Would appreciate any ideas. I'll be mixing on a PT HD3. The only outboard gear i have will be a Liquid Channel. The pro tools Plug ins and the waves plug in.

  2. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    I think you might be on the right track already.....Break out everything you mult as a stereo sub and freewheel on the panning. Width and depth is your friend.
  3. dabhoys

    dabhoys Guest

    Excellent, I'll let you know how I get on. Thanks for your help...
  4. atlasproaudio

    atlasproaudio Active Member

    Feb 17, 2001
    Tampa Bay, FL
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    Parallel compression will probably not do it. You may want to consider renting a piece of outboard gear. It's all in the front end. I have yet to meet a vocal track that didn't need some sort of EQ. The tone and type of EQ and compressor you use is very important. Just some arbitrary EQ or compression may or may not do the job. It depends on how picky you want to be. Plug-ins don't sound very good when compared to analog outboard.

    When I mix I'm using a $7500 signal path for the main lead vocal track. That's 2 eqs and 2 compressor/limiters. Each on does it's own unique thing and brings something special to the table. It's taken me a long time to decide on this particular signal path for vocal mixdown.

    If you have to do this in the computer try boosting your lowest spectrum of the mids, try 200-250Hz. But you have to be careful, because this may accentuate plosives. Or try reducing 2-5k, or above 8k with a shelf, there are too many variables, you'll have to use your ears.

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