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Tips & Techniques:Vocals-split duties

This is something I do live a lot, but also with recorded bands. Especially with quick mixes. It involves splitting vocals into two mix channels.

Channel one of the two is the "natural" channel so I give it a mild EQ and maybe comp treatment.

Channel two is the "make-up" channel. I set a compressor to about 10:1 and get gain reduction on just about everything. Even the soft parts. With the EQ I hi-pass it somewhere around 200-300Hz (leave that stuff up to the other channel), and boost the mids or highs, whatever serves the song. You don't hear it when the singer is nice and strong, but as he/she dips down this helps to keep things clear.

This may be old news to some or sound crazy to others. I like it.heh

Contributors: mw, OddBall Audio
Created by OddBall Audio, 16th February 2008 at 07:48 AM
Last edited by mw, 27th March 2012 at 03:05 PM
Last comment by baze sax on 25th April 2010 at 02:28 PM
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Old 1st May 2009
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This is a nice trick and I'm becoming more aware all the time of the merits of a 'divide and conquer' approach on all sorts.
Old 8th October 2009
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Vocal duplicating

Hey y'all m new to this site and have seen you guys discuss some good & important notes. i am an aspiring self taught producer/engineer & ive been doing this since 2005, now there is one question i'll like to ask, say i duplicate my main vox and the secondary vox i down or up the pitch a bit, what iv realised is that the tone changes, my question is how do you correct the tone so that it still sounds like the o.g but at a lower or higher pitch??? thumbsup..
Old 25th April 2010
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finaly I 've found an answer. I have read about this method for enhancing solo vocal(instr) in the studio but was not sure if this is good for live sound. so I can try it soon. I have to find a good splitter first. can you recomend one? and what about phase issues someone mentioned. greets

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