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Male Vocal tracking and mixing it in
Old 25th June 2006
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Male Vocal tracking and mixing it in

Imagine a magical aladdin type of orchestration with a pop style male vocal, tempo around 58..The singer is a great one, great voice, knows when to get closer vice versa..etc.

1) I need to track this kind of vocals, first of all I have is an nt1a and a firewire 410. Is it daydreaming to think i can get quality results from this mic/preamp duo?

2) I don't have a great live room, is it better in my case if i dampen a very broad band of frequencies including low (150, 200 hz) and add reverb afterwards?

3)Plate or a hall program for this type of vocals? The rest of the instruments are things like string sections, timpani, harp, pads etc with hall verb from kontakt 2's VSL with convol. rev.]

Thanks a lot for reading in advance!

Old 25th June 2006
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If he's a great vocalist, he will sound great with a 58. Use a hall verb, a plate verb... both maybe... try to make the vocal verb close to the verb on everything else.

Watch your headroom, great vocalists usually have a huge dynamic range. That might be the trick, getting his voice to sit in the mix volume wise. Just use a great comp plugin, like an la2a or something. Something with good automatic attack and release times.
Old 25th June 2006
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NT1a will do it well enough. The pre I have no experience of. The NT1a has a very good dynamic range and excellent noise figures. It has a good sound quality to it.

I recommend getting the singer up close and personnel. That way very little room reflections will be on the vocal recording.

Record at 24bit so you have the headroom and possible patch in a compressor, but only if it does not degrade the sound.

There is little chance of overloading that mic - again it's the pre's that may let this down and the AD/DA.

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