Newbie Asking For Explanations

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by chrizgarrido, Dec 14, 2009.

  1. chrizgarrido

    chrizgarrido Guest

    What effects or plugins would you use to make a vocal track sounds like a professional recording?

    I don't know how to set the EQ, or the compressor, reverb is kind of confusing to me as well.

    Same thing with recording guitars (Direct).

    I also have a problem with making my projects sound full. The vocals always see, low same as the guitars. For vocals I do three tracks and pan them, but it still sounds low.

    Any tips?

    Info: using windows vista, presonus firebox, behringer c-1 condenser mic, and Cubase LE 4
  2. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    That's like asking what car to buy and how to drive it. That's a huge question. Do you think that anyone could possibly answer that in a single post?

    A vocal needs what it needs according to where you record it, who is singing it, the performance given and on what hardware you are using. There is no single chain of devices or plugins that will result in a "professional" recording.

    Do yourself a favor and buy a book. Here's a good one:
  3. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Well-Known Member

    Feb 21, 2009
    What hueseph said ^

    The single most helpful thing that I have learned is to get it sounding 'right' before applying any kinds of EQ effects or processing. Record. Listen back. If it doesn't sound right change something and record again. Repeat process until it sounds good because although you can do a lot of editing post-tracking, you still can't make an artisan Greek clay pot from a turd.

    For guitars recording direct is less scientific. It's more based on what you have. What gear are you using and why don't you think that you can get the sound you desire?
  4. natural

    natural Active Member

    Jul 21, 2006
    professional recordings usually require professional training and experience.
    Professional Engineering is very much the same as any other Engineering profession and requires a good understanding of math and physics.

    Lesser trained individuals can, however, produce adequate amateur products. And after years of trial and error may also be able to obtain higher quality (ie:professional) results.

    Some good tips that have come across this forum would be:
    1- Take courses at a local Community college
    2- After the courses you're ready for a year or so interning at a local professional recording studio
    3- or take the self taught route, with a lot of books, and friends who would allow you to experiment on them.

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