Published April 27, 2017 by Slick for SFR Beats
I am continuing the last video for this series on how to get a great lead sounding vocal mix. This is very simple stuff here. I't looks very complicated but it's not really too complicated if you've been going over my videos. The very last thing in this step is just some correctional stuff that I did after getting the gating put on, the auto tune, the eq's, the compression, and then the effects, the delay and the reverb. You'll find and start picking this up that as you do more mixes on your vocal, you'll have to do a lot of eq adjustments after you add processing on top because the actual process itself will change the tone. In order for us to keep that tone natural, almost like if the vocalist was singing right in front of you, you'll have to do some eq adjustment.
That's what I did here. To the fine tune ear you can here the difference. This is without the final tunning. This is with the final eq. This particular plug-in is pretty nice. It's an eq but it has like a built-in compressor on it. Essentially what I did here was make sure I have that high pass where I want it. I want to turn down all of her low frequencies below 181. I'm going to get rid of me so you can see the full screen. You want to get rid of all the low frequency below 181 again. This is just preference for me and the next thing I did was put a few dips here between 201k. These are eq's that I found to be problematic. You'll just have to listen to it. You really got to use your ears and just play around what frequency you need to have these dips in so you can hear everything start to become balance. I'll go into more advance techniques to hearing eq very easily in other videos so you'll just have to stay tune for that.
Then right here looks like I have some compression going on where I'm just turning down any 's', 'p', and any 't' that will stand out in the vocal. I'll play it and then I'll get rid of the processing so you can hear the difference. Did you hear that? Did you see that on the 'slow'? On the 's' it's turning down her frequencies around eight thousand so those 's' don't stand out so much. You can also use what's called a de-esser and I'll go into that also later. You can use a de-esser if you simply want to turn down all those 's' and those 't'. De-esses the 's', hence the name. These are all, I would say pretty much, advance techniques. I will get into that later. If you have the main core down; using the gate first, auto tune to pitch correct, eq to balance the tone and get rid of all of her lows, turn up her presence turning up the air in her voice, the compression to balance her vocal turning up the softs and turning down the loud parts of her vocal, and add a little effect, delay and reverb adding a little bit of space, some really pretty space around the vocal to get it really sounding good, if you have all those together, then you pretty much ready to go. You're ready to make a hit. You're ready to sale a lot on itunes because now your mix sounds better than about 95% of the mixes out there and you get to stand out.
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