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Mastering Vocals

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Would anybody help me master a 40 second vocal track, and then tell me what they have done to it? I would really appreciate this because I am trying to learn some mastering.. If anything my email address is: zefir-plhh@wp.pl Thanks for any help,

Peter

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archived member Fri, 08/22/2003 - 10:22
Sounds like you want to sweeten, tweak, or just make the vocal better. That isn't mastering just good ol' tweaking. Mastering is for creating a whole project out of individual tracks. Can you upload your vocal so it can be listened to by some of the people here? We can listen to it and offer suggestions.
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Rod Gervais Fri, 08/22/2003 - 12:33
Mastering is the act of taking a finished "mix" and "tweaking" it to provide the finished product.

It would not typically involve the adjustment of individual tracks....... if the piece required work in that manner (let's say due to the fact that the desired finished product could not be delivered by the ME due to the mix itself)- then the recording engineer would re-mix the piece and provide that product to the ME for the final engineering.

Please somebody - If i have this wrong "fix" me.... this is the process i envision and the road i am heading down with my bands work.

Rod

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archived member Sat, 08/23/2003 - 20:48
Now that I read that it does seem confusing. When I said individual tracks I meant mixed songs verses a single track within a multitrack. Just noting that mastering is taking all the mixed songs and making a whole project out of them, and a single vocal track doesn't need album mastering but just some sweetning.

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joe lambert Thu, 08/28/2003 - 07:11
First off let me say as a full time mastering engineer I don't consider myself a great mix engineer but here are some ideas that should help.

What do you find wrong with the vocal. Is it tubby? Maybe you need a low shelf on it. Get rid of what's under 100 Hrz that is just going to mud up the mix. This helps it sit in a mix. the chesty sound of a vocal is usually around 350 - 450 Hrz. The detail is more around 1K - 2K. And the airy stuff is above 3.5 to 6K. Every vocal is a little different but this is a good start.

Remember how the vocal works in the mix is what it's all about so you will want to tweak both to find what's going to work best.

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archived member Fri, 09/05/2003 - 05:28
Getting the vocals to sound good and to sit well in a track is called "mixing". And keep in mind that even if the vocals sound good by itself, it doesn't mean it will sound good with all other instruments behind it. So you MAY want to do more eq/compression adjustments later after you hear how it all sounds together. Just a suggestion.

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archived member Fri, 09/05/2003 - 18:29
i have a blue mouse microphone its sounds great! but all the fx i have included on digi 001 sound very generic and im tryin to get that crisp sound.i have tried multiple vocal tracks compression on one track, i have noticed most hip hop and rap songs seem to have the same vocal effex where do i find these effex or include them in my mix? any suggestions? thanks

Micah young
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archived member Mon, 09/08/2003 - 15:53
Hi
Just an alternative because I know some people don't like exciters and things of that genre but the BBE plugin when taken in moderation has really helped me on some vocals as well as other instruments. It brings the vocals out in the mix when used correctly. I personally don't buy into black labeling something I am a true believer in what 'SOUNDS' best. So if you can say yeah it sounds better than thats whats important. If you don't want to fork out the cash (but I think it is worth it) there was a free exciter floating around a while back but I can't remember where from maybe someone else can help, but my big suggestion would be to re-record it if possible and try to get a better sound.
-Sam
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