What are your favorite tools for mixing vocals?

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KVRer
5 posts since 3 Aug, 2021

Post Tue Aug 03, 2021 12:44 pm

I know Melodyne and CLA vocals tend to be major ones, but is there anything else?

KVRAF
2756 posts since 5 Nov, 2014

Post Tue Aug 03, 2021 1:33 pm

Xfer OTT, not joking.

KVRAF
1793 posts since 2 Jul, 2010

Post Tue Aug 03, 2021 11:06 pm

EQ, saturation, compression, delay and reverb. Most mix effects, really...

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KVRian
1212 posts since 21 Apr, 2017 from Bahia, Brazil

Post Wed Aug 04, 2021 3:31 am

imrae wrote:
Tue Aug 03, 2021 11:06 pm
EQ, saturation, compression, delay and reverb. Most mix effects, really...

Yeah pretty much.

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Ivg2 from Klanghelm
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Valhalla Room
Replica delay.
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KVRer
5 posts since 24 Jul, 2021

Post Wed Aug 04, 2021 6:18 pm

Harrison Vocal Flow

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Boss Lovin' DR
8682 posts since 15 Mar, 2002 from the grimness of yorkshire

Post Wed Aug 04, 2021 6:50 pm

Izotope Nectar Breath Control (because there's nothing ruins a song more than compression amplifying quiet breathing to dirty pervert levels.... :scared: )

TDR Nova GE to de-resonate and even out my frankly piss-poor mic technique.

Klanghelm DC8B compressor - high ratio to really tame peaks

TB Ferox - for more gentle tape style compression (always like to use 2 compressors - spread the load etc..)

TB Sibilance de-esser or Air windows de-esser

Just a teeny bit of slap-back delay to add depth, not much

Reverb - depends on the song which one, but always roll off the reverb before 500hz, and pre-delay of 50ms and upwards.


Tend to also use a lot of spot effects for harmonies/fairy dust etc on duplicate tracks to make things easier- Delays, MUnison, lofi stuff (distortion etc, RC20), chorus, all kinds of stuff.. :hihi:

Lots and lots of automation...

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GRRRRRRR!
12352 posts since 14 Jun, 2001 from Somewhere else, on principle

Post Wed Aug 04, 2021 7:12 pm

I use either iZotope's free Vocal Doubler or WA Production's $29 Vocal Splitter to double the vocals and give them some width. From there it's just a bit of EQ, compression, saturation/distortion (if artistically required) and reverb/delay. If you've got a good mix, it's usually pretty easy and a lot of the decisions around it are artistic, not technical.
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KVRAF
1905 posts since 4 May, 2012

Post Thu Aug 05, 2021 5:47 am

I don't think there are any specific tools that I use for processing vocals. Maybe Little Plate gets used more on vocals than anything else. I don't like auto-tuning vocals.

KVRer
7 posts since 5 Aug, 2021

Post Thu Aug 05, 2021 6:51 pm

I always experiment with all the effects I have. Well, I don't have a favorite right now but you should try experimenting too and find your "own" sound, if that makes sense. Even the stock effects sometimes makes a big difference.

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KVRAF
2378 posts since 13 Jun, 2008 from Napier,New Zealand

Post Thu Aug 05, 2021 6:58 pm

The basics are any E.Q, starting by high passing all the bass I don't need, then the 670 T-Racks plugin with the 'Vocal' preset (threshold adjusted to taste), followed by the BBE Sonic Maximizer plugin with just a tiny touch of the high end dial (I think it's called process). That's the bread and butter stuff that I do every time. Then I send that to another track where I apply reverb or delay (at 100%)... or sometimes reverb and delay!
Oh and I quite often put autotune on a send followed by a thick chorus, then blend it in so that it's pretty quiet, just for thickening effect. :tu:

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KVRist
464 posts since 10 Jan, 2017

Post Sat Aug 07, 2021 3:10 am

Usually a FET style compressor, saturation and any EQ.

KVRer
24 posts since 10 Apr, 2021

Post Fri Aug 13, 2021 11:19 pm

UAD API channel strip, struder A800 then Fabfilyer plug-ins to further eq and compress if needed. fabfilter reverb on the bus.

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KVRian
850 posts since 2 Sep, 2019

Post Thu Aug 19, 2021 12:25 pm

IK TR5 EQ-73 (MIC)
IK TR5 Black 76 (fast attack)
IK TR5 White 2A (COMPRESS)
IK TR5 Tape Machine 80 (456, 15 ips)
IK TR5 British Channel
Eventide H910 or H949
Relab LX480

This recreates a very typical tried-and-true classic vocal chain, starting with a high quality preamp (Neve 1073) into an 1176 to smooth out transients before compressing with an LA-2A, and printing to tape (Studer A80). From tape it goes to an SSL SL-4000 mixer channel to one or more Eventide harmonizers and a Lexicon 480L reverb aux buss.
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KVRian
726 posts since 10 Sep, 2015 from You haven't unlocked this character yet

Post Fri Aug 20, 2021 11:26 am

Easy...EQ and Compressor. You had to ask this? For mixing right? Yes...these two. Now...for effects...that's a different question. Maybe you should post that question.
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KVRAF
6890 posts since 7 Sep, 2006 from Roseville, CA

Post Fri Aug 20, 2021 11:41 am

Maybe it's just me, but I don't really consider Melodyne a tool for "mixing" vocals, except arguably when I adjust amplitude of some notes to balance them out, or reduce sibilant sounds or plosives. Regardless, the plugins I use most often for vocals include Fabfilter Pro-DS, Pro-G, Pro-C, and Pro-Q (still dying for a FF channel strip!), Waves RenChannel (often on the vocals or BG vocals submix buss), Waves LA-2a when I want in-your-face-ness. EchoBoy is my go-to delay for vocals, and Valhalla Room, Plate, and VVV are my go-tos for vocal reverb sends and inserts.

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