Studio Vocal Magic

Discussion in 'Vocalists' started by insidiousunity, Feb 4, 2009.

  1. Does anyone know how to process the recorded lead vocal to sound like the chorus in the following song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CP5fBx8JLoQ

    I know this technique is very common with this type of music (especially during the chorus). My guess is a harmonizer using the same vocal notes many times over with the original vocal. The sound is very "synthesized" and almost has a vacuumed effect.

    I know there is a standard harmony during the chorus, but I'm talking about the sound of the lead vocal itself. I noticed it falls back deeper in the mix during the chorus too.

    Thanks!
     
  2. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

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    I don't think it's processing as much as it's just Cook singing the same parts and layering them all together in the mix. It keeps it from sounding fake. Triple tracking choruses is fairly standard procedure. And a big budget album like that, they would spend all day doing a phrase at a time, until they had 3 or more great composite takes to layer and pan for natural sounding depth.
     
  3. ORSUP

    ORSUP Guest

    I agree. It is him 4-5 times slightly panned and I am willing to bet there are some harmonies that he has sang to the original and placed way in the back at an almost subliminal dynamic.
     
  4. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

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    Theres the 4 or 5 layers and then there is the Harmonizer. I hear it very clearly as a rear point of reference on the vocals as well as the guitas in the bed mix.

    This sounds like two complete mixes superimposed on each other.

    I'm thinking in excess of 75 tracks all total.
     
  5. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Well-Known Member

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    Whatever happened to music being music? you have five members in your band? well that's 5 tracks mister. Not including drums of course. But seriously 75? For how many instruments in the song, 4? 5 tops? I hate that about the mass produced McMusic we have today.
     
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