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mixing vocals

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by apbarkey, Dec 23, 2002.

  1. apbarkey

    apbarkey Active Member

    Dec 23, 2002
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    i'm a little stuck in the way i mix vocals (r&b and pop).

    i record the main voice plus the harmonic 2nd and 3rd voice.
    the main voice i pan middle at 0dB
    the 2nd voice i pan -30 at -7dB
    the 3rd voice i pan +30 at -7dB
    now i compress all that and put some effect on it (reverb or delay)...

    i use this all the time... i already tried other things...but couldnt figure out something better...

    can u maybe give me some tips and tricks on how to sound different?
  2. audiowkstation

    audiowkstation Active Member

    Jun 29, 2001
    That way does work well.

    I do it this way, I compress the 2nd and 3rd separately from the first

    The 2nd and third is the whipped cream, the lead is the cheery on top. Get the picture. A large one too.
  3. kellyd

    kellyd Guest

    I don'thave enough info on your approach but when I do these kind of vocals generally every back up is quadrupled. Depending on the part I'll add quite a bit of top (10k-15K)and cut some bottom and low mids. I'll use anywhere from 2-6db of compression w/slow attack, med to fast release. Very little reverb but maybe some kind of pitch/double. Sometimes I'll pan each of the quads hard left/hard right then 11:00/2:00. This might change depending on how the parts interact. This approach has always resulted in real creamy & present back ups. The lack of reverb really helps with the presence. Of course you could spend a couple of hours eloborating on the subject this is just one approach.
    If you only have one track of each part and you work in a DAW you could copy each track a few times and move each one a couple of ms. Not as cool as indv parts but still cool.

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