trouble getting my vocals to stand out over the beat

Discussion in 'Vocalists' started by singeryadig, May 19, 2011.

  1. singeryadig

    singeryadig Active Member

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    Hey I'm recording my vocals over instrumentals that were imported in such a way that the whole beat is on 1 track (so its a lot harder to manipulate)

    I'm having trouble getting my vocals to stand out over the beat--Could this in anyway be tied to not having the ability to EQ/ Compress EACH instrument of the beat--instead having to EQ/compress the whole thing and the settings affect every sound of the beat?

    Thanks :D
     
  2. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

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    That could be a factor, but if you could post an example to Soundcloud (or someplace like that) we can give you a lot better advice.

    Also please tell us how you're recording your vocal - what mic, what pre-amp (if any), what interface or recorder, what effects hardware or plugins you're using - and describe the room you're recording in.
     
  3. singeryadig

    singeryadig Active Member

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    Yeah idk how I forgot about that--I gotta iMac OS X, ProTools 8 le, MBox Mini, and a MXL Genesis Mic--I dont have any pre amps for the mic but the MXL did come with a red power box (i'm not sure if thats a preamp?) and im using audio technica headphones till i get monitors

    I am in an average sized bedroom with no real studio type padded walls/ but I'm not hearing any echoing or the mic picking up any random outside sounds--

    thanks
     
  4. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

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    Are the beats you're buying professionally produced, semi-pro, or homegrown?
    Any chance you could put a short sample up on Soundcloud? (with or without the vocals)
     
  5. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Well-Known Member

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    A clip would help. More than likely it could be recorded better. It is always easier for something to stand out in a mix when they are properly recorded, post-EQ could be killing it as well.
     
  6. singeryadig

    singeryadig Active Member

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    There basically beats random ppl online that made beats--you can download em for free as long as you dont attempt to profit off of them.

    I dont have my monitors yet so I'm listening through headphones. I could try to record what I'm seeing with my camera but idk if the sound quality that that'll replicate would help
     

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