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recording vocals?

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by sawyer, Jul 10, 2011.

  1. sawyer

    sawyer Member

    Jul 10, 2011
    does anyone know how to record good screams im in a deathcore band and we cant seem to get the right clean sound we want and yes we have a good screamer but idk how to mix and what effects should be put on it any help would be great thanks
  2. paulrussell70

    paulrussell70 Active Member

    Jul 11, 2011
    >does anyone know how to record good screams im in a deathcore band

    Real pain?

    *EDIT* You could put a digital delay on it - he'd be haunting you for hours then :tongue:

    Some sort of vocoder maybe? Also - Steinbergs daTube fuzz works real well in QC give a rasp to the sound. Maybe have a second mic which he can lean into when screaming :)
  3. AToE

    AToE Active Member

    Apr 19, 2009
    Calgary Alberta Canada
    What mic are you using, and can you describe what seems to be wrong with it now? It's tough to give advice without hearing the problem, or at least having a description. There are no FX that are just "always used", every project/singer is different (of course EQ and compression are 99.9999% likely to be in use, but even then, it depends on the situation).

    Also, are you just recording a single layer of the vocals, or multiples? (When I say multiples, I mean multiples of the same, not one high one low etc, all the same. 99% of metal vocals you hear that sound great are actually a mixture of 1 main take that is louder, and then several layers underneith that basically act almost as a reverb or delay, just much more subtle, they just thicken the vocals up, making them sound far FAR better than a single layer most of the time - again, every project is different though, sometimes just a single layer is good)
  4. Josh1115

    Josh1115 Active Member

    Jul 14, 2011
    I was actually thinking about this the other day and how I would go about doing this if my band were to have a screamer or I were to have a client that was in a screamo or hardcore band.

    I think the first think would be to fiddle around with the vocal EQ and see if you can get a more clearer sound and base it of whatever sounded the best with the rest of your mix. I would also use a high pass filter to try to drop out all of the unwanted low end stuff. Using the filter will most likely give you a clearer sound of the scream because it will take out low frequencies. I would also suggest finding a band who's scream is someone you would like to replicate and attempt to essentially recreate that sound (I do the same thing when recording electric guitar).

    Anyway to sum it up I would suggest using (level depend on rest of mix):

    High Pass Filter
    Reverb or Delay
  5. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    You cannot fix what isnt there. Its all about the source. Get it right from the start and half the job is done.
  6. AToE

    AToE Active Member

    Apr 19, 2009
    Calgary Alberta Canada
    Agreed 100%, I'd still like to know what mic is being used and at what distance from the vocalist. Not sure where the author of this thread went though...

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