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vocals and mastering?

Discussion in 'Toproom Studio' started by ErikSL, Nov 29, 2009.

  1. ErikSL

    ErikSL groove junkie

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    Some questions about mixing vocals:

    How do you achieve the right "thickness"? Should you always layer them? What compression settings do you use? And do you compress during the takes, or in post?

    Mastering:

    Is there a good process to have the gain and mix quality equally balanced in different sources? I know you use steinberg software, do you know of any helpful VST plug ins?

    Any advice would be great on those two aspects. Thanks
     
  2. Mixerman

    Mixerman New Metal Member

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    During the backingvocals, I allways dub them. Sometimes I dub the lead, but thats not so commom in my productions. I realy like that the lead stand out without dubbing. I use compression during tracking, about 4:1, slow attack and relase.. Just to make sure that the convertor dont clip. During the mix, I can use 8:1 and faster attack and relase. I use 1176 compressor on the vocal. Sometimes the SSL bus compressor. I love the 1176!
    I am not a mastring engineer, I send my mixes to people who are experts in mastering. If I do a mastering, I use a 2-1176 stereo-compressor, the ME loadness maximizer or a SSL bus compressor. I dont think steinberg have a "must have" compressor... I really like the waves SSL, API and the V-series plug-ins.

    Børge
     
  3. ErikSL

    ErikSL groove junkie

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    thank you very much. very helpful.
     
  4. Dom Ostarig

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    "SSL bus compressor" you mean that waves plugin??
     
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    Mixerman New Metal Member

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    Both! But the Waves plug-in will give You 90%. No one will hear the different. Try to use it for the overheadtracks as well! Fast relase and attack.

    Børge
     
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    Thank you for the tip!! I really love that compressor, but i never tried on OH tracks.
     

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