Adding Vocal Production in the Mix
Now, this is a pretty subtle tip, but this could apply to any section in the song. Any element: drums, bass, keys, guitars, vocals, whatever. In this specific instance, we’re going to look at a vocal, but the gist is short and sweet.
Right here, i’ve got a stack of background vocals. They’re hard panned left and right. Let’s take a listen to what those are doing, and I’m going to mute this guy right here. I’m going to solo them – actually, we’ll play it in the track. Give a shout out to Blanca’s the artist, my buddy Vic produced it. Vic Encarnacion, and here we go.
Alright, so it sounds pretty good, but I felt like in listening to that, the “woos,” or “woohoos,” whatever you want to call them, could stand out a little bit more. So, all I did was I took and separated the section that was doing the “woos,” [laughs], I feel funny saying that, and I cut it, and I pasted it up here. That’s already been done. I usually duplicate my playlists when I’m doing any editing like this, so the original is intact.
You can see that was removed and placed to a new track. Now, I have full control over treating those however I want, independent of the vocal stacks down here. Let’s take a listen before and after one more time.
Here, we’re going to solo them out. We’re going to mute the new “woos,” and I’m going to click back to the original, where it’s all one vocal. It’s consistent. Let’s hear it from back here a little bit.
Now, let’s bring in the new woos, and we’ll leave this here for now.
[song plays with new woos in]
Okay, so that added some doubling. It added a chorusing effect, and it’s got some reverb on it. So it stood out a little bit, but I felt like it really just needed it’s own space. So, that’s why I duplicated the track, took it out completely, consolidated this region, and now we have a hold there so those vocals can stand out and be their own vibe.
Okay, so I told you it was subtle, but hopefully that will inspire you to get in and start breaking your tracks up, arrange them within themselves. If you’ve got a lead vocal, you may select some phrases, duplicate or cut, and then distort it, throw effects on it, reverb, you’ve seen some of my tutorials. If you haven’t seen the one where I actually cut the breaths and put them on their own track, and then add a ton of reverb, that’s a fun trick.
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