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How to Mix Vocals (Part 2)

Let’s do some effects.

So I’m going to setup — let’s setup three different things. So we’re doing three stereo auxiliaries.

So let’s choose a buss. We’ll go to five and six, which is available at first. We’ll find a delay here.

Okay, the tempo of the song is 70 bpm. There we have the tempo coming up, which is lovely. Make sure it’s set to 100% wet so you haven’t got the vocal coming back in the delay at the same time.

So let’s just see what we’ve got. We’re going to input that also to five and six. Send some volume to it.


So what I’ve got is I’ve got one set to eighth, one set to quarter.

Pretty sweet.

Now what a nice trick to do, even with the small amount of plug-ins that we have here, is to setup a dynamic delay.

Let’s just use this compressor here, and we’ll key input. We can use buss 5, which is already coming from here. I’m going to set this to solo safe, so that when I put this into solo, you hear it as well. So we’ll call this dynamic delay.

[vocals and delay]

So our key input is here. So we go to sidechain key. Bring the threshold down.

So what I’ve done there effectively is I’ve compressed the delays while the vocal is going. So the delay volume is actually lower.

[vocals and delay]

The delay becomes more evident after the vocal finishes.

[vocals and delay]

So it’s great. It gives us some clarity in the mix if you have a listen.


That might not always be the effect you want, but it’s quite pleasing in this section here to hear that.

Let’s setup a verb. Let’s setup another buss. We’ll go to nine and ten, which isn’t being used. Buss input 9 and 10.

Now, what I like to do is actually even out what goes to the reverb. Even out the signal.


So what I would do is I’m just going to put a gentle bit of compression going in.


Select a verb. The D-verb is beautiful. I love the plate on the D-verb, and whatever mix I do, I use the plate all the time.

Go to medium.


Solo safe it again, give it a solo.

[vocals and reverb]

It’s a really good plate simulation. Digidesign — AVID got it right on that one.


Showing my age there.

We could put, like, a slap on here. Let’s try that. Let’s find a nice slap delay.

So we can just use one of the same delays. Frankly, I’ll just copy this over. You know, traditionally, slap delays are anywhere from like, 45 to 65, so. When in doubt, just type it in.

So let’s do one at 45 and one at 65. We’ll use a different buss.

Like I said, you could use the same buss on all three, and then just automate. It really depends on how you want to operate. You can automate your volumes on here, or you can automate your sends from here. It’s really up to you.

Put into solo safe.

[slapback delay and vocals]

Kind of nice. Let’s bring it down in volume.

[vocals with quieter slapback, then full mix]

So I think those are all nice little touches.



Warren Huart

Warren Huart

Warren Huart is an English record producer/musician/composer and recording engineer based in Los Angeles, California. Learn more at

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