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Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by wiseal1, Feb 26, 2005.

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  1. wiseal1

    wiseal1 Guest

    why don't you record a working or scratch vocal, then record the entire vocal in chunks. Say for instance the scream occurs at the end of second chorus. What you could do is record every thing prior to this section at a level where it works with the rest of the band, and on a different track you can lower your level and punch in the screaming part at a level where the distortion doesn't occur.

    This always works well for me. I also use a pop filter to make the singer keep his distance from the mic relatively the same.

    Hope this helps
  2. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    Silicon Valley
    Hate to break it to you, but there those of us that having been doing scratch vocal tracks for many. many years. The problem with recording vocals in chunks, is that you can often lose the magic, emotion, and have inconsistant performance issues that rob the overall vocal track from it's greatness.
  3. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001

    hard to find something genuinely new
    some of us have been doing this for a while
    and learnt from those that have been doing this even longer.

  4. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004

    This is what I do (I'm not a pro) to get good vocals......

    -I make the vocalist sing the whole song beginning to end until we think that he/she nailed it. This way you can get the cohesive sound. Sometimes if they sing a portion really fast then they'll only sing every other word or sentence the first track and fill in the blanks on the second track.

    -If I can't tame the volume peaks with compression I just cut and paste the louder areas to a separate track or tracks. (Deleting the more quiet vocals from the new loud tracks)

    -After doing that I can bring the volume to more respectable levels and then either compress away or use automation and ride the fader until I think it sounds good.

    In some cases a little compression and some "fader riding" goes a long way without having to cut/paste/delete. For me it is now habit to cut/paste/delete because I deal with a lot of bands that whine really quietly then scream on the top of their lungs every few seconds.

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