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darkening and brightening the vocal sound with equipment
Old 1 week ago
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darkening and brightening the vocal sound with equipment

Is there any type of equipment that would allow me to darken or brighten the sound of vocals, software or hardware?

Old 1 week ago
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Almost everything you use on a vocal can do one of those things. Start with mic choice, then preamp and compressor. They will all have a tonal effect. Of course EQ is there specifically for varying the tone. I find reverb often adds brightness, even if it isn't a super bright type of reverb. Chorus, flanger and phaser often darken the vocal a tad.
Old 1 week ago
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Originally Posted by Drumsound View Post
Almost everything [. . .]
Building on Tony's reply of 'almost everything [. . .]', I am continually fascinated with how much difference I find in just changing mic placement - sometimes even slightly changing placement!

And sure, my mics sound different in different rooms - but sometimes they sound hugely different even in different parts of the same room. . .while keeping everything else exactly the same!

For example I've got this one spot in my office in front of a demilune cabinet that sounds absolutely amazing to me - closer to the carpet and further from simple straight wall and ceiling reflections.

Hope you are having as much fun,

Ray H.
Old 1 week ago
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Aside from the good advice so far, TDR Slick EQ M has a meta filter feature that really does the brightness thing very well. You can also use it to smooth or darken things effectively. The meta filter has 3 different contour themes to choose from.

A free plug you could use to brighten or darken is IVGI by Klanghelm. Really nice plugin that sounds nice on the master buss or individual tracks. It has a feature that works sort of like a tilt to emphasize the highs or the lows in highly controllable increments.
Old 1 week ago
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