Mixing Vocals: How to Create Delay Throws in Pro Tools with SoundToys EchoBoy
This week, I wanted to talk about delay throws. This is kind of a beginner thing. Maybe beginner to intermediate. Anyways, I’ve got a track and I’m going to show you how to automate some delay throws on a vocal. This is what the track sounds like.
Okay. So if you noticed, we’ve got a couple here, “falling in.”
Alright. We’ve got one on “gravity” here.
Okay. As far as the delay goes, this is a half note delay, and I’m using EchoBoy. Tempo is really important. This thing is synced up to the tempo of my session, which is 102 beats per minute.
I’ve got some filtering on EchoBoy going on, some high cut and low cut. The mix is wet. Feedback is set to where I only want — I want one really audible repeat, and then I want one that’s kind of tucked back a little.
So the feedback you’ll kind of have to play with depending on your track. Saturation is maxed out. Groove/Feel, straight up the middle.
Okay, so that’s EchoBoy. Now the trick to grabbing only specific words — there’s a couple of different ways to do this. I automate it. I automate a send. So I’ve got this send over here. These vocal tracks are — they’re heading into this vox main, this yellow buss over here.
I’ve got a delay — going to a half note delay here. So if you pull up — and I do it via mute. So switch over to mute and you can see how it’s — I’ll start off with this thing muted, then I just grab the chunks I want and unmute it. So if you notice, I’m going to grab these two words.
Just to hear it a little better, just solo some stuff.
Cool. Right. Pretty easy, now you can setup any kind of half note delay, you can use stock delays, whatever. I like EchoBoy because you get some different options.
A couple other things to consider would be the level of your send. I do automate a little bit as you notice. Now, you could either automate the actual aux that the half note is on, which is totally a feasible way to do it, but I’ll automate how much goes into it.
So like, right here, you can see I duck it out.
[vocals and piano]
And there you go. That is delay throws. You can do this on guitars, drums, vocals, anything, really. Anything you want to, you know, throw a part over. Again, this is one way to do it. There’s a lot of different ways to do it. Let’s check it out.
Here’s just the whole track, and you can listen to it and all of the parts.
Cool. And those are delay throws, man. They’re really simple. Again, this is one way to do it. There’s a lot of different ways. You can copy the chunks over to another track, put the delay directly on them. A lot of guys like to work a lot of different ways. This is how I do it.
If you want to know more about effects as far as delays, reverbs, I’ve got a new premium tutorial coming out later this week — probably Wednesday or Thursday, just need to do some editing on it.
I’ll go into — as you can see on this half note delay, I’ve got EQ, compression, some imaging going on, it’s going to be — over this session, it’s going to be everything effects, so reverbs, delays, riding levels, doing throws like this, we’re going to talk about drum sounds, drum ambience, halls, plates, room reverbs, anything and everything.
So if you want to know more about that, check that out. Come back to the website.
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