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Old November 29th, 2009, 07:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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vocals and mastering?

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
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Old November 30th, 2009, 03:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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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.

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Old November 30th, 2009, 11:25 AM   #3 (permalink)
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thank you very much. very helpful.
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Old December 2nd, 2009, 08:21 AM   #4 (permalink)
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"SSL bus compressor" you mean that waves plugin??
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Old December 9th, 2009, 04:19 PM   #5 (permalink)
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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.

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Old December 9th, 2009, 07:21 PM   #6 (permalink)
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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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