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Tips & Techniques:Vocal recording - Figure of 8 special effect tip

I've heard numerous times that recording engineers keep their tricks hidden, but this site seems to contradict that. I would like to get the ball rolling on some interesting techniques.

I've had hit and miss success with an interesting vocal technique in which you place a figure8 LDC or ribbon at the midway point between the vocalist and a large window, with about 2' on either side of the mic, 4' total. double the track and phase reverse the clone as in ms and play with panning. The resulting effect is that shallow glassy sort of thing found in early Death Cab recordings.

Contributors: mw, johndykstra, Jules
Created by johndykstra, 30th January 2008 at 05:57 PM
Last edited by mw, 27th March 2012 at 03:05 PM
Last comment by bpbpbp on 27th January 2010 at 12:48 AM
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Old 2nd February 2009
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sheepforwheat's Avatar

perfect formula for disappearing vocals: put the result in mono.
Old 9th April 2009
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shamuzik's Avatar

??? serious????

Does it have to be a ribbon mic? or LDC.... I always wanted to get my vocals clean and transparent... Like super clean... and I never wanted to subtract freq's that effect the vocals or boost for that matter.... I wanted to be that way when I get to tape and then decide if they should be darker or muddy etc....
Old 27th January 2010
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bpbpbp's Avatar

"with about 2' to the side of mic, 4' total" - is this air space before any acoustic panels? Me no comprehendo!!

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