Podcast 005 How To Mix Vocals

27th November 2015

On our 5th episode we explain how to mix the vocals: filtering the low end, de-essing, compression, parallel treatment, saturation, equalization, common problems and solutions.

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On episode 5 you will learn about:
– How to prepare before mixing Vocals
– The compression on Vocals
– De-essers and high frequencies
– Parallel compression
– Distortion
– Vocal frequencies
– How to correct some aspect of the recording
– Vocal tuning
– Vocal timing
– How to pan vocal harmonies

 

On this episode we mention the following gear:
– Urei 1176 Compressor
– Teletronix LA-2A
– Neve 33609 Stereo Compressor
– Tube Tech CL1B
– Thermionic Culture – The Phoenix
Thermionic Culture – The Culture Vulture Super 15
AnalogueTube AT-101

Related articles:
– How To Mix Rock Vocals: 9 Top Tips
– How Can I Make My Mixes Sound Professional?

We mention the following albums/tracks:
– Elephant – The White Stripes
– Elevator (Going Up) – Louie Vega
– Honeymoon – Lana Del Ray
– Saosin – Saosin

Summary:

00.03 – Intro
01.09 – Preparation
03.14 – Compression
08.44 – Deessers and high frequencies
11.13 – Parallel compression
15.12 – Distortion
16.41 – Vocal Frequencies
18.40 – Vocal Recording Correction
24.54 – Vocal Tuning and Timing Correction

Questions:

28.33 – Q&A Time
Q1. I heard a lot of engineers use an LA2A along with a 76 to treat vocals. Can you demonstrate this?
29.46 – Q2. When is it necessary to use axially tracks to treat audio as opposed to directly on the track.
31.12 – Q3. How do you pan harmony vocals?
34.02 – Q4. Currently, what is your favourite album?

 

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