How to Create a Flanging Vocal Effect with Melodyne

Transcript:

Hey, folks. Matthew Weiss here — mixingedm.com

I wanted to show you a cool little trick you can do as a special effect for an EDM style vocal.

First, let’s check how to vocal sounds regularly.

[EDM vocal plays]

So, that’s going to be the phrase that we want to affect. Now, I’m going to duplicate this vocal track, highlight this particular phrase, separate it, delete everything else, and then I’m going to grab Melodyne, and I’m going to track this vocal right into Melodyne.

[vocals, transferring into Melodyne]

Now, what I’m going to do is I’m going to highlight this phrase, I’m going to pitch shift it so that it has corrected to the pitch, and it sounds like this now.

[vocals play, corrected]

Alright, just sounds like a pitch corrected vocal.

But now, watch what happens when I play the vocals together.

[vocals play together, flanging]

I get a really cool, flanger, phaser kind of affect, which I really dig. I like it a little bit more in some cases than a regular flanger or phaser, because it’s a little bit more random, and a little less predictable. What’s happening is that the micro pitch shifting of the vocal is causing it to phase with the un-pitch shifted version of itself.

Now, why do I like this better than a flanger? Well, A, it’s a slightly less predictable effect, B, because it’s on a volume knob, I can turn this up or down. So, if I turn it down…

[EDM vocals]

I just get a subtle, doubler, flanger, chorus kind of effect. Or, what I could do is automate it to come up during the phrase.

[vocals play, automated]

Now, lastly, if you’ve already pitch corrected the vocal, which I have in this particular instance, there are a number of ways to go around this. Pitch correcting it again will create this effect to a certain degree. Using a different pitch correction tool will do this to a much larger degree, and, of course, if you have the same pitch correction tool and you want to get a little inventive, what you can do is grab a formant shifter and shift these formants around, and produce an entirely different effect.

[vocals, flanging]

Alright, guys. Until next time!

Matthew Weiss

Matthew Weiss

Matthew Weiss is a Grammy nominated and Spellemann Award winning audio engineer from Philadelphia. Matthew has mixed songs for Snoop, Sonny Digital, Gorilla Zoe, Uri Caine, Dizzee Rascal, Arrested Development, 9th Wonder, !llmind & more. Get in touch: Weiss-Sound.com.
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