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Questions bout' processing vocals. Dynamics Plugins
Old 15th December 2010
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Questions bout' processing vocals.

After playing and touring 5 years with my band I finally got into this recording/mixing thing last year. And so far I'm really enjoying it!
In today's music. . . the vocals seems to have basically no dynamic just to compete with drums, walls of distorted guitars etc. It sounds heavily compressed but still not over the top.

when I try to achive this myself the vocals just sounds wrong.

so how do you guys do?

- edit the vocals before mixing? (fades, gain plugin???)
- mix the vocals til' it sounds great then ride the faders(automation)?

sorry for the dumb questions. hey it's my first post so try to be nice.

Old 15th December 2010
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Originally Posted by BamesJond View Post
ride the faders(automation)
For my own style that is the most important step....followed by a little compression relative to what the song calls for.
Old 15th December 2010
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Very common problem and the best approach is to process the instruments not just the vocals. I find that a haas effect on the wall of guitars helps the vocals and guitars co-exist in the mix. Drums will take some experimenting, but compression and a good room sound (live room or digital reverb) is your friend.
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