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Screaming Vocals Drive? Is this normal?

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  1. REDBOX04

    REDBOX04 Obsessed with Gear

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    Me and my band auditioned a vocalist yesterday by recording him on our latest track. When I tracked him he preferred using some type of drive boost/distortion/saturation plugins which helped give his vocals a much needed extra boost. It was a moderate gain boost, just enough to break it up and drive it a bit.

    Signal went like this >
    Shure SM7b - RME Fireface 400 - Plugins: Tube saturation plugin, and I used Line 6 Gearbox with a Vocal preamp setting, cranked the drive a bit, and then put on the Boost/EQ in the stomp section for a lil more gain.

    It sounds good with the drive/gain on his vocals but is this common practice among most screaming metal/death metal vocalists? Or is this the sign of someone who has to hide behind drive and saturation just to sound good?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Ermz

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    It's fairly common practice.

    On the last project I used Dist 3 mode on the Distressor for grit, then in the mix I used Tessla Pro and also iZotope Trash on the Tape Sat setting. Added enough grit for the vocals to sound really aggressive and lively.
     
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    Mike Patton uses this method too, so it cannot be wrong!
     
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    Pretty normal in a recording situation but not something that normally would get done live I think.
     
  5. Fox Mulder

    Fox Mulder The Truth Is Out There

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    I personally cannot stand extreme metal vocals without a little drive.
     
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    Thanks guys!:kickass:
     
  7. Fox Mulder

    Fox Mulder The Truth Is Out There

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    Let us know how it turns out. :)
     
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    if you suck, a little gain and drive isnt going to hide it
     
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    Yhanthlei ¯\(°_o)/¯ ist krieg

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    +1

    comparable to autotune... if the perfomance sucks, it sucks, but it can add a little
     
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    Ouch! I never use any type of saturation or "grit" adding plugins on vocals. Maybe I should change that...
     
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    You obviously squash them, right?
     
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    I compress with plugins, yes. But I hesitate to say it adds any grit. I double tracked vocals most of the time, and the 2 tracks against each other on a screaming vocalist makes it more abrasive, no doubt. But I've never purposefully used any plugin to create an overdriven type of sound on main vocals. Don't really know why, I know it's used all the time.
     

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