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Rounding the Edges : Vocals

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by David_Katauskas, Feb 28, 2006.

  1. For 2 part harmonies (6 tracks at once for fullness), I'm noticing that the edges (beginning and ends of phrases) are too harsh. IOW, they were tracked spot on. But, these edges really need to be softened a bit with some transition.

    I tried a quick attack on the compression, but it only helped a little. Using a gate sounds too weird. Are there any other methods I can try?

    I'm also trying to avoid dynamic riding if possible. There are about 20 phrases (40 starts and ends) on 9 different vocal tracks which is 360 beginnings and endings. I'm not afraid of hard work, but that will take me hours.
  2. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    Well I'm not sure what kind of recorder/software you're using? I might suggest you sub mix the vocals, feed them back out analog and through a tube preamp and/or compressor. Then back in again.

    If things sound too peculiar with a gate. They should! Gates are terrible on vocals. What you really need is a downward expander not a gate. What's the difference? The difference is, a downward expander can be set for what ever gain reduction you want. I typically use about 10 DB and no more. That way it is not clipping off the vocals but merely lowering them after a preset threshold has been set. That's the tricky part, the threshold setting. I used to use the Allison Kepex 1s but now do most of that in software which is easier if you have one of those classic graphic compressor displays were you can draw your own downward expander, instead of a compressor, which is relatively easy to do.

    Loopty loop
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  3. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    Allison doesn't live here anymore :(
  4. Jeremy

    Jeremy Active Member

    Running a chours effect can smooth things that are a little harsh out. Maybe just try running a light chours effect.
  5. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    I thought maybe I'd Research Allison?? Or???? Where did she go?

    Living in the past
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  6. Thanks for sharing the knowledge. I'll be working on that tonight. Hopefully, I can post something soon to get some feedback.
  7. Well, I got it to where it needs to be. The final included using faders, reverb and a different compressor (GAC-1). Now it sits in the mix very well.

    Thanks again for your help!

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