Order of effects on vocals when mixing?

Discussion in 'Tracking / Mixing / Editing' started by Maverick87, Jan 12, 2012.

  1. Maverick87

    Maverick87 Active Member

    After youve recorded vocal tracks with proper microphone placement/technique and gain adjustments/levels, what should I apply first? I usually stick with EQ with high pass/low cut filter, compression, and a few delays n chorus here n there track by track. Then I run a group of tracks, like all of the vocal tracks for a verse for example, and send them to aux/submix bus tracks with compression and necessary delays or reverbs if needed.

    So my question is as Im mixing, should I apply the EQ first? The compressor first? Whats an effective order for mixing the vocals?
  2. bouldersound

    bouldersound Real guitars are for old people. Well-Known Member

    I put eq first almost exclusively, but there are times when a bit of touch-up on the high end sounds better after compression. It just sounds weird to hear a track's level bouncing around in response to frequencies that have been cut.
  3. Paul999

    Paul999 Active Member

    If I am ITB it is not a matter of which comes first it is a matter of "massaging" the signal. I will usually roll of some lows first then I'll compress a little I tend to add a delay pretty close the the beginning of the chain. I will then eq a bit and then compress a little more. Sometimes I'll run 2 compressors in a row and sometimes 2 eq's. The idea is a little, a little, a little.
  4. Le Vab

    Le Vab Active Member

    First EQ. Try to find the necessary frequencies.
    Low cut to the steepest setiing you can find. Sweep through from low to high and let your ears decide which frequencies you need and which not.
    In other words: cut or roll off the frequencies you do not need. Make it clean and give it the right frequency package.
    Then compress (as Paul999 stated) little by little.
  5. MadMax

    MadMax Well-Known Member

    The only rule, is that there are no rules.

    The guideline I try to adhere to, is to listen to the vocal, RAW, and see how it sits in the mix with just faders. After that, I will indeed generally start with an EQ.-(trimming away the unnecessary stuff), then compression, then a verb and/or delay to define the space that either feels appropriate to the mix, or is just the exact opposite. If I'm doings things in "traditional" order, and it's still not happening... undo it all and see if you have any luck from some other direction.
  6. chavernac

    chavernac Active Member

    I do both.
    I cut first. Then I compress. Then I boost.
  7. rocksure

    rocksure Active Member

    Yes I agree nine times out of ten ..the first step is to roll off unwanted low end frequencies, then EQ what is left to suit what is needed, then compress the now EQ'ed signal.
  8. aj113

    aj113 Active Member

    Pretty much the same as everyone else. Shelve, eq, compress, then bells and whistles.
  9. Maverick87

    Maverick87 Active Member

    Thanks everyone for all the helpful advice

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