are those vocals really that dry?

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by thewelfareline, Aug 5, 2005.

  1. i record alot of hardcore and punk bands and alot of the albums refrenced sound like the vocals are very dry but full. i have played around with keeping the vocals dry but they endup just sounding kind of naked and not blending into the song. i was just wondering what some tips are to give the "illusion" of dry vocals but still have them sit well in the mix.

  2. sorry i did not see that there is an almost identicle thread down there. :?
  3. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Jun 19, 2002
    Try mixing in some short delays. Many reverb processors call these 'early reflections'.
  4. John Stafford

    John Stafford Well-Known Member

    Oct 1, 2004
    The Sontus FX suite that is bundled with Sonar is great if you take the approach David has suggested. The early reflections are IMHO great at bringing a vocal to life, but you really need to record in a tonally neutral and dry acoustic with almost no genuine early reflections for it to work at its best.

    BTW I've found a light blanket on a frame as a gobo in front and at the sides of the singer to be very effective. The light blanket won't suck the life out of the sound, but helps with reflections, and allows you to record vocals in such a way that it easy to superimpose a more flattering acoustic signature on vocal tracks.

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