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Vocal Alignment
Old 20th December 2010
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Vocal Alignment

Hi, recently i was in the bar and Neyo's 'Can't stop' song came on. When the chorus hit I was sure those chorus vocals had been aligned to the grid. It sounded to perfect to be real. It got me wondering. How common is vocal alignment and does it generally only happen in the pop world where everything sounds pristine and perfect or do rockers and hip hoppers etc use it too? Which software can you recommend for this? Is there any freeware available? I'm not working on protools but Nuendo.
Old 20th December 2010
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Vocal Alignment

Don't know about any freeware, but vocalign does this pretty neatly. They recently came out with the vst version.

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Old 20th December 2010
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oh ok, thanks, i'll check it out
Old 20th December 2010
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+1 for vocalign, but that only lines up a backing vocal with a lead vocal (or vice versa). it was originally developed for film dubs, but has definitely found its place in music production as well.

i'm wondering if the original poster was referring to this, or to the main vocal track being perfectly in time? if so, this is also common, more so probably in pop music, where each word/note is nudged to be perfectly in time with the grid.
Old 20th December 2010
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Funny you'd pay close attention to a song at the bar. Sounds like something I would do. Want to quantize vocals? Try Melodyne! Coming to a store near you.
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Vocalign is very useful when you wanna get some super tight harmonies going on...
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