In this article we explore four different ways you can use to process the dynamics of your lead vocals. Each of these approaches can be used individually on a lead vocal track, you could also blend several of these together to produce great sounding vocals in your next mix.
In this four part free video tutorial series, brought to you with the support of Waves, we show you four plug-ins that can quickly transform your vocal tracks into radio ready mixes. In this article we will be taking the same vocal performance and working on it four different ways to help you hear the differences in sound and style between the four plug-ins.
Watch in real-time as Jamie Lidell builds up backing vocal harmonies using a special combination of Pro Tools varispeed and Soundtoys’s Little AlterBoy’s Formant control on "Building A Beginning" from his new album by the same name. Jamie is able to sneak extra layers of detail and texture into his vocal harmonies.
The Lindell Audio Channel X brings together the 7X-500 compressor, the PEX-500 EQ and the 6X-500 preamp. In this free video tutorial, brought to you with the support of Plugin Alliance, Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers tries out the Channel X on a vocal from Joel Tavares in his track “Salt in Fresh Cuts”. The FET style compressor, Pultec style passive EQ and the very analogue sounding preamp emulation make this a very flexible channel strip capable of everything from subtle sweetening to aggressive parallel processing.
In part 11 of our Getting To Grips With Pro Tools series, we are going to take a look at how to use playlists, comping and labels. Using playlists gives you the facility to have different edits on the same track. You can also use multiple playlists to hold different takes and then combine the best bits into one master track. This is called comping. Pro Tools also has the option to be able to rate each clip to help you see which is the best take of each segment.
Vocal sibilance can bring a frown to any engineer's face, and although it's a common challenge in the production process, it doesn't need to ruin your day. By using repeatable techniques and simple tools, you can conquer the "S" (and "T") and keep them from derailing the most essential part of any song – the vocal.
Puremix is running a live Q&A session with Grammy-winning Engineer Vance Powell tomorrow (Thursday 28th September 2017 4 pm EST). This event is open to Pro Members only who have the opportunity to submit a question on anything from mixing, mastering, production, business and clients through to beards, hats, etc. Be sure to check out all of Vance's tutorials and come ready for an enlightening time.
In this free video tutorial for Pro Tools Expert, with the support of Universal Audio, Technical Editor James Ivey gets back to an old school way of working using the Universal Audio Apollo Twin MK2 and with the help of Singer-Songwriter Richard James Poll. Our James Ivey tries to record and mix a song in one take committing everything you are hearing to "tape" in just one pass with no overdubs and no mixing. I chose the processing for both the guitar and vocal along with two different reverbs and sticks to those choices, just like recording engineers of old.
The longer I spend using modern recording technology, the more I feel it has the potential to distract us from the things that really matter.
When it comes to creating something that will last there is no silver bullet, no magic wand - the things that have always mattered still matter today - a unique talent, effort, and a killer performance.
In this free tutorial, you will learn how to mix a female lead vocal in a rock/grunge mix using the Butch Vig Vocal channel strip plug-in by Waves. Don't be put off by the busy layout of the controls in the GUI, there's a lot of smart and useful processors built into this plug-in
In this free video tutorial, Pro Tools Expert Team member Julian Rodgers looks at the bx_rooMS from Plugin Alliance. This algorithmic reverb offers infinitely tweakable rooms and plates, its TrueSpace engine means that rather than being restricted to a few distinct algorithms you can adjust to your heart's content with boxes adjusting out into halls without restriction.
Audified have released their latest plugin - the TNT Voice Executor which they describe as a "unique utilitarian plug-in offering no-nonsense processing of vocal and spoken word tracks to sophisticatedly solve any issues instantaneously".
Are you tired of singers who want you to keep adding more compression to their vocals? Rather than trying to accomplish all your “squishing” with just one compressor pureMix's Fab Dupont shows you how to use multiple compressors, in a civilised manner, to get a great compressed tone and level without such a smothered sound.
In this free video tutorial, Paul Drew looks at the JJP-Vocal plugin from Waves. Paul starts off by changing the sensitivity control so its just lighting up yellow to achieve optimum levels. Paul then looks at the Eq, De-esser and tone controls.
In this free video tutorial from our friends at pureMix, Fab Dupont explains what De-essers are and how to use them on vocals using 6 different plugins and hardware units.