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Vocals mixing : BEFORE / AFTER examples !
Old 31st December 2010
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Vocals mixing : BEFORE / AFTER examples !


Are some people here willing to share some tricks about vocal mixing ?

Why not a nice example with 2 sound files :

BEFORE = what is being recorded by computer
AFTER = the result of the mixing process with comp, eq, deessing, etc. multiband comp, etc. delay / reverb,

Example of nice mixed solo voice : Madonna

It would be so nice to share informations about how to get such punchy vocals!

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mixing is when you mix something with something else not a soloed track heh

However, I get what you mean.

There are productions, where the singer isn't that important, here you try to mix the vocals like it just is another instrument.

where the singer already has that star quality in her voice, then try to bring this out even more and mix the other instruments around it. Be creative, make the vocals sound polished. Close your eyes and imagine the singer to be in a concert. Does your vocal mix make her sound like a star? If yes great, if no, work on it.

Instant polishing concepts:

The right amount of the right reverb.
The right amount of the right delay, often ping pong here to make the vocals sound big.
The right amount of high frequencies only delays panned hard left and right in the area of 80ms. Different delay times left and right. Leaves a very dry vocal but adds bigness.

What you want to avoid:

Overcompression...when loud parts sound smaller than soft parts.
However, with hardware comps like 1176 you can really slam vocals and not have it sound overcompressed.

Too much bright EQ - beginners fault. Often even a cut in the highs is neccessary to make a vocal sound great.

Too much of the esses. Often comes with heavy compression. Try to set the attack of the compressor a bit shorter. If it doesn't help, deessing.

Keep in mind:

overall eq totally depends on track. But we're talking minor changes here.

Everything I said depends. You'll really have to find your own way of approaching a great (say fits the track) vocal sound.

And mix fast! Don't secound guess too much!
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