How To make Home Recorded Vocals Sound Pro

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Hey, how you doing Randy here.
Welcome to another one of my video tutorials. Now I know that
most of you nowadays are recording your vocals in your
bedroom or your home studios so today, I want to show you how
you can mix your vocals to make them sound professional. So let’s
dive right in. Joe is a in Canada and she recorded
the vocals for me I’m in London. In her one of the rooms in her house,
it’s not the perfect room. It’s a basic setup and I just wanted
to show you what results you can achieve in in that kind of a
situation. So this is my vocal chain on the left here before it
gets to the stage what I’ve done is I have comped the vocals,taken
the best parts and put them together. I have removed any noise. I have
treated the vocals I’ve pitch corrected them and timed them and
now they’re ready for being mixed into the song basically.
Normally I would take a lot more time on it and I wouldn’t just mix it into a full instrumental track but for the
purpose of showing you the results we can achieve I’ve done
it this way. This is how it sounds like without anything on it in
the mix. The first thing I like to do, because Jo gave it
to me in a dry room and I’ve asked her for it to be as dry as
possible. I need to now place that sound in an actual room and this
basically places Joe in a beautiful studio. I’ll just
bring it in while the vocal is being played so you can hear the
difference. I then add some analog
processing to it. So it’s subtle but it adds a nice bit of
colour to it. Next is eq’ing So what I’ve done here, i’ve cut out all
the low-end which is usually where all the rumble the rumble and everything
is. I’ve cut here at 260 Hz. It was boomy and boxy and also here at 500Hz.
Then i’ve boosted 2KHz to bring up some of her main
frequencies and just added some brightness here as well and this is how it sounds. so it just brightens it up
that fullness will come back in what I wanted to do next before
compressing. I just want to tame the S’s a little bit, for Jo it’s
around 10k Hz. Again it’s subtle. I put it through a compressor. This is theCLA76.
It’s modelled after another analog compressor and what I’m
trying to do here is tame the peaks before I put it through another
compressor and it sound like this it’s important to make sure the output is the same volume as the input so that
you know what difference you’re making. Let’s do a before and after. So that’s tamed
the Dynamics a little bit and then added some colour because it’s
emulated after analog hardware and the same with theCLA3A. This
is more of a slow attack compressor and just brings everything together nicely. Okay and then I’ve added a little bit of widening to the
vocal. and then another De-esser to tame the S’s
after all the processing that we’ve been through. What I’ve done next. Just want to bring her vocals out a little
bit more and this Maag EQ is awesome. I usually use it for the
air band, I’ve had it on the 2.5 and I’m just got less than a
couple of Db gain just to bring out a little bit. so through the Ocean Ways Studios
early reflections, It’s already got a really nice ambience
and natural reverb but what I want to add is some plate reverb.
This is the EMT 140 and this is how it sounds before and after. I have some pre-delay, so it doesn’t wash out
the lead vocal. And it comes in just after Joe singing so it just
keeps it clear and upfront. What I also like to do is some automation just to bring up
words that are quiet,bring down any words that too loud. So I’ve
shown an example here and you can see where I’ve made some
automation tweaks. So that “never” is a bit quiet.
I felt that “will” is a bit quiet It’s more obvious with the instrumental in So for me, like and day is too quiet
even after compressors done It’s work. So that’s
it guys if you have any questions leave them in the
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