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Recording Harmonies

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21 years
I've been having trouble lately getting my harmonies to blend in my mix.
I don't realy know what the best approach for recording/mixing them is.
Should I try to use the exact same mic and effects and everything or should I use a completely different mic and set of effects to try and make it sound lke a different voice.
This might be a dumb question but I've never been able to get my harmonies exactly how I want them.

thanks for the help


Member for

21 years

Member Sat, 08/09/2008 - 11:32
What kind of music are you singing?

Do you want the harmony to sit back in the mix with the other background instruments, or merge with the lead vocal?

Recently I've been working on a bluegrass recording, and the harmonies have to be very tight and blend together with the lead vocal, but not over power it. Generally I boosted the low mids a little to give them a more true sound, aligned the vocals in time with the lead, and flattened out the pitch a little.

I like to leave the lead very dry and unscathed, and change the harmony to fit with the lead.

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21 years

Member Sat, 08/09/2008 - 13:16
im recording a kind of folky-pop song but im looking for the real pop vocals that really stand out.
i got them sounding pretty good and im just trying to blend the harmony i did over the chorus with the lead without overpowering it because the melody during the chorus is one of the most catchy parts of the song so i definitely want to leave it in tact.
I'll probably just tweak it a little and maybe add a little reverb unless you have any other suggestions