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screaming vocal track?

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by inferis, Feb 11, 2009.

  1. inferis

    inferis Guest

    Recorded a hardcore band and the screamer was very inconsistant and his scream is a bit weak and breathy at times.
    What's the best way to beef them up and make them more consistant? Compression? Delay?

    Thanks for the help
  2. iamfrobs

    iamfrobs Guest

    Compress the $*^t out of it. Comp the track if you have multiple takes/the means to.

    I've only worked with one hardcore band. Wouldn't do it again, unless it was for a lot of money.

    With all of the bands in my area, (Buffalo NY, home of Everytime I Die and It Dies Today) I could probably have three a week, but it's just not my cup of tea.
  3. inferis

    inferis Guest

    what would be a good ratio? like 15:1? more less?
  4. iamfrobs

    iamfrobs Guest

    I would start at 4:1 then go up depending on what you want as far as dynamics within the song.

    I liked soft knee on my track, but that was because there was some singing. Hard knee will probably just kick ass and not care what's in it's way

    Anyone else feel free to shoot me down.
  5. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Distinguished Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Scotland, UK
    "Hard knee will probably just kick ass and not care what's in it's way"

  6. dennisisme

    dennisisme Active Member

    Mar 14, 2006
    Albany, GA
    i record mainly metal/hardcore bands for some small labels so i've tried many different things to get a big sounding screaming vocal. what microphone are you using? i used quite a few different condensers for a while but when i switched over to dynamic it made all the difference in the world. i personally recommend the shure SM7. that matched with a good quality preamp and a light amount of compression and the vocal is tight and still has some dynamics. too much compression for me and the vocal becomes a little too squashed.
  7. Feverdream

    Feverdream Guest

    Sometimes a little bit of distortion can strengthen a weak scream. But be careful with it, use too much and he'll end up sounding like one of those dodgy industrial bands with unpronouncable names.
  8. sammyg

    sammyg Active Member

    Dec 12, 2003
    Shure sm7b or sm58 into a decent preamp. Limit it a little on the way in to skim the peaks, then compress it later.

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