Originally Posted by dcastar
I've been watching LFDH for quite some time now, and it's a pleasure to find that you, the engineer, has been kind enough to share your tricks with the community! Bravo, sir. Bravo.
Two items I wanted to bring up... and the first might be a bit of a 'testy' topic.
1) What are your secrets to getting such a non-intrusive, yet clean sounding autotune going? What plugin or rackunit and preset/settings are you using and can recommend for those of us seeking to accomplish a similar task?
2) Guest suggestion... going out on a limb here, but is John Mayer an option? Both Daryl and John are arguably two of the best songwriters in the modern era... combined with the fact that John is a killer guitarist and you might have a really great match.
Thanks again for all your great work on the show and for your willingness to help us all here!
John Mayer - That would be amazing! I know that we have talked about that already and would love to have him on. There are so many artists that we have on our short & long list now that its gonna take years & years to get thru them all at 12 shows a year, but its gonna be a blast trying to do it.
Here's my toughts on tuning (please dont take this personally, I know you asked in a super eloquent & polite way about it - im just responding to the many people who have mentioned it before and want to address it here): As far as tuning goes
, why on earth would you leave a out of tune note on a lead vocal track? Its usually the loudest thing in the mix, and its no different than using a tuner to tune a guitar. We are all trying to make enjoyable music for people to listen to, so if a singer is a bit out, and you have the tools to fix it,.... Fix it if it makes it more enjoyable. Nobody asks me to tune, i just prefer to do it sometimes. For the 10 or so people that hear it, 450,000 people are not bothered by it.
I usually seem to use Waves Tune, but will also try Autotune or Melodyne to see which one sounds the best on the source. I just spot tune any odd thing i hear and immediately audiosuite it, you could NEVER just leave a tuner on a live track with so much bleed like we have. If a note is out, i fix that note..... But all these musicians are all so dam good, thats the least of my issues. What i am really always concerned with is translating the song so that it moves the listener........ And that includes me.
I really lament over each mix i do, trying to get as much emotion out of the song as they put into it....... I wanna have the hair on my arms standing up when i print the mix, and i'll do whatever i have to do to try to get that.
If there is merit in leaving it alone, i have no problem with it. All our singers are singing fantastic and im not gonna waste a great take because of one or two bad notes, im no fool, im gonna fix it, and so many of our songs are first or second takes.
And by the way, how come people go to movies like James Bond 007 and dont seem to question all the CGI and special FX as Cheating for actors? Why is it that musicians get thrown under the bus?
As far as im concerned, do anything you want to do to make your records enjoyable & moving to the listener....... I'm never concerned if people use or dont use tuning, quantizing or editing to make their records great, But i do notice when they don't and they should.
I suggest to any engineers & mixers out there - don't follow anyones rules, dont take anyones criticisms, dont follow anybody else's path. Collect the info and turn it into you!
Be Bold & lead and take chances and do whatever you wanna do to make your music move you and others. People follow leaders - so go for it!
As always, Thank you all for your support! Lots more twists and turns to come.
I'll try to update my current gear list soon in a new clear post so you all dont have to dig thru all these posts.
All The Best,