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Low pass vocals?

Just wondering does much people low pass or at least cut high freqs much out of vocals
I actually noticed today I tend to cut alot and its not just on one particular mic its on most.
Just personal taste i guess
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I dont.

I high-pass vox. Sometimes very conservatively at around 80-100Hz, other times more aggressively (especially when im doing electronic/dance music) at 180Hz or higher.

I dont think ive ever shelved or rolled top end off of a vocal in my life either.

de-essing, yes, but that more in the range of 5-8kHz.
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You can use a fair amount of filtering.
If it's a male vocal you could easily go up to 80 hz.
If it's a female vocal, you could go up to 120-150hz.

Of course it's still should sound musical.
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I high pass up to around 80-100
but lately im taking nice notches off the high end 16-20k region
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Are you doing this with vocals tracked through a variety of mics, or generally one?

Is there a lot of high frequency content in some of the other tracks in the mix?

Usually I don't lowpass vocals unless it is for an effect.
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High Pass around 80
No Low Pass (I de-ess though which takes care of some of the harshness)
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By low pass im using it very slighly but maybe im just digging the soundin im getting it might wear off haha
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There was a thread a while back about vocals on which any number of heads were drooling over the vocals of some guy, gushing about how natural they were and how he was just a *great vocalist*. I chucked them into Wavelab and checked the frequency levels. There was nothing and i mean virtually nothing at all, under 200 hz, apart from one short section where he dropped his voice for a more * intimate* section...

I'd guess that someone had used a high pass filter at around 18o-220, depending on how much his voice kicked out around there... and then quite possibly, stuck another high pass filter on it to just make sure...
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Usually I'm putting highs into the vocals, either by mic choice or through an eq. Occasionally, I will pull some highs out if the voice seems to poke out too much from the rest of the music.

Perhaps you should try tracking with ribbon mics for vocals? It might be better suited for your style.
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Filtered vocals

Like almost everyone here I do High Pass my vocals. At least up to around 100hz. With female vocals a little higher.

But I do Low Pass some vocals too on almost every thing I mix, at least in hip hop/urban, where you usually have stacks of vocals on verses. On the 'adlibs' or stacks I will filter out everything below 250 - 300 hz and everything above 6 or 7k. This helps them sit in with the lead vocals.

Something else I noticed while mixing. I would often get a nice natural' sounding vocal and then in one part of the song want to get that 'telephone' filtered effect. I would always be surprised that after doing that the natural sounding vocal just sounded boring. It made me start filtering the lows out of my vocals more and being a little more extreme in my approach.

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I low cut around 80-100 for male vocals depending on the track. At least to 80hz on all tracks. Higher for backing vocals.
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There was a thread a while back about vocals on which any number of heads were drooling over the vocals of some guy, gushing about how natural they were and how he was just a *great vocalist*. I chucked them into Wavelab and checked the frequency levels. There was nothing and i mean virtually nothing at all, under 200 hz, apart from one short section where he dropped his voice for a more * intimate* section...

I'd guess that someone had used a high pass filter at around 18o-220, depending on how much his voice kicked out around there... and then quite possibly, stuck another high pass filter on it to just make sure...
Yeah I will cut that high sometimes depending on the mic, pre and vocalist. I have recently found a pre that pretty much allows me to not have to EQ anything (additive or subtractive) as it sounds just like whoever is in front of the mic but in the past I have found that cuts that high are needed with lots of chains. It seems high but when someone is close to the mic it often results in a lot of material at the lower range of the human voice that sounds very unnatural. At first it sounds like you are losing a lot when you cut it away but if you get your head out of the way you are used to hearing recorded vocals and listen to someone speaking or singing in the room next to you you will hear how unnatural that much low end actually sounds.
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You can use a fair amount of filtering.
If it's a male vocal you could easily go up to 80 hz.
If it's a female vocal, you could go up to 120-150hz.

Of course it's still should sound musical.
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Last year I did a vocal reverb breakdown. Click here for the link.
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Thanks!
Last year I did a vocal reverb breakdown. Click here for the link.
BTW, tony, you have any links/samples of Rebekah's stuff that you recorded? i found some stuff on youtube with her, but mainly live stuff and stuff with other acts. was looking for something specificly yours. also, ray's vox are incredible as well. how did you end up meeting up with these guys?
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As long as there isn't excessive rumbling due to the singer dancing frenetically in front of the microphone (or due to other reasons...) I don't cut the vocals. Rather than cutting I would use a shelve because I feel that harsh lowcuts on vocals tend to flatten the sound. But this rather is the case with single lead-vocals, if there are many vocal-tracks or a huge background choir I'll probably have a lowcut too.

But I normally never cut the highs off anything...

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Just wondering does much people low pass or at least cut high freqs much out of vocals
I actually noticed today I tend to cut alot and its not just on one particular mic its on most.
Just personal taste i guess
Yeah you're not the only one..quite a lot of people do that
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If the vocal's too bright I'll eq accordingly.

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Funny how the thread-starter asked about if there are some people who tend to low-pass their vocals and over a half of the answerers here talk about where they like to high-pass their vocals.
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I like to cut off high frequencies in vocals.
16KHz and above doesn't add anything special, unless you like Mariah Carey,
her voice starts from 1KHz and up nowadays, used to be something else...
When it comes to low frequencies, I usually listen to the lowest sung note, and fiddle with a highpass filter until the tone falls apart, from there I ease back until the tone of the lowest note is nice and full again, you found the frequency to cut.

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BTW, tony, you have any links/samples of Rebekah's stuff that you recorded? i found some stuff on youtube with her, but mainly live stuff and stuff with other acts. was looking for something specificly yours. also, ray's vox are incredible as well. how did you end up meeting up with these guys?
Rebekkah just came over the studio last week and we will be working on some material in the next month or so.
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+1 For HP @ 80-120 on vox

Although I'd say every singer, performance and mix requires different touches of eq. HP above is just a starting point but certainly not a rule of thumb.

as for LP, I do occasionally but this applies to many diffrent sources, not just vox

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I high pass up to around 80-100
but lately im taking nice notches off the high end 16-20k region
Ok, so High Pass 80- 100 is good, but what kind of slope do you guys use on Male/Female vocals?
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I've been working on a bunch of dense mixes/remixes and after the ridiculous amounts of compression i have to put on the vocals, i continue to low pass the vox at 12.5k-15k. That section of the vocals tends to get in the way of certain synths, snare, hat, etc.
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Ok, so High Pass 80- 100 is good, but what kind of slope do you guys use on Male/Female vocals?
i am pretty aggressive, but it all depends on the voice and the mix. see what you can get away with, all without clouding/cluttering up the low end.
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