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Mixing Vocals Question?

So I know every voice isn't the same but what is your order when it comes to mixing vocals? Do you like to Compress first Eq second ?? Just want to compare the way I do it.
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1. Cut everything under 100hz with a high-pass filter
2. Compress vocals using RVOX or RCOMP from Waves
3. I then decide if I wanna cut 2-3db from 500hz if the resulting vocals are too muddy.
4. De-ess
5. Echoes (if necessary)
6. Reverb
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De-esser - subtractive eq- compressor- boost eq
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HPF to about 60-70hz, Surgical EQ for narrow cuts, De-Ess, Compress, Character EQ, EFX.
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Hp filter 60ish (listen) with the music don't wanna do this solo

Compress 1176 style
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So I know every voice isn't the same but what is your order when it comes to mixing vocals? Do you like to Compress first Eq second ?? Just want to compare the way I do it.
You answered your own question. it just depends on the song at hand.
Sometimes I EQ before the compressor and sometimes i compress before the Eq and sometimes I compress before and after the EQ and sometimes I EQ before and after the compressor.
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You answered your own question. it just depends on the song at hand.
Sometimes I EQ before the compressor and sometimes i compress before the Eq and sometimes I compress before and after the EQ and sometimes I EQ before and after the compressor.
And sometimes i.. Arh forget it
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Once you get the vocal in, the first move should be what calls to you the most. If your vocal is jumping all over the place, maybe do some volume rides and compression just to get it seated right. If you hear an obvious annoying tone or something very muddy, get rid of that first.

The way I like to do it personally is to get the vocal sounding "balanced" first. That means just getting it to a neutral spot where it sounds good on its own. Not supremely hyped, nothing fancy, just good. Then when I start building the sounds around the vocal - that's when I start enhancing, doing more compression, etc.

The only thing that really swings around a lot is when I build my ambience. I try to get an idea of the ambience before moving things into place, but a lot of times it doesn't really click until the other melodic elements are in place.
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Once you get the vocal in, the first move should be what calls to you the most. If your vocal is jumping all over the place, maybe do some volume rides and compression just to get it seated right. If you hear an obvious annoying tone or something very muddy, get rid of that first.

The way I like to do it personally is to get the vocal sounding "balanced" first. That means just getting it to a neutral spot where it sounds good on its own. Not supremely hyped, nothing fancy, just good. Then when I start building the sounds around the vocal - that's when I start enhancing, doing more compression, etc.

The only thing that really swings around a lot is when I build my ambience. I try to get an idea of the ambience before moving things into place, but a lot of times it doesn't really click until the other melodic elements are in place.
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And sometimes i.. Arh forget it
LOL, Yea the list of things i have done in a vocla chain is endless. It would take forever to list every single chain and its settings.
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Because the quality of vocal recordings can vary so dramatically, there's never any formula/order that I follow while mixing. As mentioned before, whatever jumps out the most to me (in a negative way) get's addressed. Once that's smoothed out I move on to the next thing. My advice is not to get caught up in specifics and work on developing a feel for how it should sound and how to get it there.
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