Vocal Mixing - boosing vowel sounds
Old 28th June 2010
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Vocal Mixing - boosing vowel sounds

Old 28th June 2010
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...........haven't listened to the track but automation is your friend, very, very easy in a daw and you have complete control............just takes a little practice, combined with eq and your set to go.
Old 29th June 2010
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Well from the 8 seconds of 5 songs I listened to on that myspace link there's some (sometimes major) distortion, and (to me) too much reverb on those vocals, so you could try that lol... I don't particularly like that sound so it's hard for me to comment.

ps: The best way to get a vocal, instrument, or anything to sound a certain way is to start by getting the artist to sound that way from the get-go. Too often people forget this. Not saying you're one of them, but think about it.
Old 29th June 2010
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Thanks for the feedback. I've been calling vocal sounds that are more or less like that Best Coast example the Gorilla v. Bear sound. I guess that label won't be useful forever, but for now, much of the indie/KCRW stuff you can hear at gorillavsbear.net sounds distant, drenched in reverb, and also with a very vowely/inarticulate quality. I think this is a fad, but nonetheless I came across a situation where it's appropriate -- where the vocals I've recorded sound like a horn-section part, with a mix of some staccato notes and some long crescendoing notes. So anything that'll make the vocals take on a brassy sound would work well.
Old 29th June 2010
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There's a lot of distortion on those vox. I'd guess that a lot of the highs were rolled off before they pushed it into distortion and that would de-emphasize the consonants. The tone vaguely reminds me of a Silver Bullet harmonics mic I used to have. Standing back from the mic will also de-emphasize consonants and of course.... the vocalist can always downplay the consonants while singing.
Old 29th June 2010
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sounds like a band in a jam room with the singer going through a shitty vocal PA picked up by a room mic or 2.
Old 29th June 2010
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Quote:
Originally Posted by butterfly View Post
automation is your friend
So true.

I spend a serious amount of time automating my vox tracks. Subtle dips and careful boosts when strategically applied on a syllable level can hide a multiple of vocal sins.......

.........or even make a pretty good performance sound great.
Old 29th June 2010
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...I can generally only make vowel sounds when I've been boosing...
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