Re: [linux-audio-user] How to get good vocal sound

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Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2005 - 3:30 pm

Hi!

[DISCLAIMER]
I've only done a (relatively) limited amount of recording. On the other
hand, I have studied many recordings, and have read a lot about the
subject... I'm slowly learning what works in practice.
[/DISCLAIMER]

In general, these are the steps which I would try to follow:

1. Try to make the raw acoustic sound as good as possible, thinking
about the acoustics of the room, and the creation of the sound itself.

2. Pay a lot of attention to microphone choice, placement, and technique.

3. Try to make sure no other sounds on the recording interfere with the
frequencies of the vocal. Apply parametric EQ where necessary, to cut
appropriate frequencies. I did have a nice reference table of typical
frequency ranges for a list of instruments, but I have mislaid it. The
same information is probably freely available online. Play with the EQ
until happy.

4. Maybe apply a little reverb, remembering that it often helps to apply
the same reverb to all the sounds, as it lends a certain coherence to
the mix. It is natural for all of the instruments to be performed in the
same room in real life, I think.

5. That's about it I think.

Lots of people would also use some compression. This might help smooth
out uneven dynamics, and possibly make the recording more polished.

Personally, I just try to get the original performance to be good. In my
opinion, a decent musician should be able to control the dynamics of his
playing. Dynamics are an integral part of music.

Just keep playing with plugins, and I expect you'll find what you want!
I find it interesting to bypass all my plugins at some point - and
listen to the raw sound again. I often find that I prefer it. Maybe
that's just because I'm not experienced enough to use them yet!

Regards
Michael

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[linux-audio-user] How to get good vocal sound, Bill Allen, (Tue Dec 6, 11:05 am)
Re: [linux-audio-user] How to get good vocal sound, Aaron Phillips, (Mon Dec 12, 6:24 pm)
Re: [linux-audio-user] How to get good vocal sound, Bill Allen, (Wed Dec 7, 10:54 am)
Re: [linux-audio-user] How to get good vocal sound, Mark Knecht, (Tue Dec 6, 3:50 pm)
Re: [linux-audio-user] How to get good vocal sound, Michael T D Nelson, (Tue Dec 6, 3:30 pm)
Re: [linux-audio-user] How to get good vocal sound, Brett McCoy, (Tue Dec 6, 1:51 pm)
Re: [linux-audio-user] How to get good vocal sound, Paul Winkler, (Tue Dec 6, 5:48 pm)
Re: [linux-audio-user] How to get good vocal sound, The Other, (Tue Dec 13, 2:04 pm)
Re: [linux-audio-user] How to get good vocal sound, Paul Winkler, (Tue Dec 13, 2:45 pm)
Re: [linux-audio-user] How to get good vocal sound, Ross Vandegrift, (Wed Dec 7, 9:42 pm)
Re: [linux-audio-user] How to get good vocal sound, Esben Stien, (Thu Dec 8, 6:38 am)
Re: [linux-audio-user] How to get good vocal sound, Paul Winkler, (Thu Dec 8, 3:56 pm)
Re: [linux-audio-user] How to get good vocal sound, Esben Stien, (Fri Dec 9, 12:28 am)
Re: [linux-audio-user] How to get good vocal sound, Ross Vandegrift, (Fri Dec 9, 1:58 am)
Re: [linux-audio-user] How to get good vocal sound, Paul Winkler, (Fri Dec 9, 2:07 am)
Re: [linux-audio-user] How to get good vocal sound, Wolfgang Woehl, (Fri Dec 9, 5:44 pm)
Re: [linux-audio-user] How to get good vocal sound, Paul Winkler, (Fri Dec 9, 1:58 am)
Re: [linux-audio-user] How to get good vocal sound, Jan Depner, (Fri Dec 9, 3:22 am)
[linux-audio-user] Re: How to get good vocal sound, Loki Davison, (Wed Dec 7, 7:40 am)
[linux-audio-user] Re: How to get good vocal sound, Loki Davison, (Wed Dec 14, 12:14 am)
Re: [linux-audio-user] How to get good vocal sound, Paul Winkler, (Tue Dec 6, 7:27 pm)
Re: [linux-audio-user] How to get good vocal sound, Jan Depner, (Tue Dec 6, 1:45 pm)
Re: [linux-audio-user] How to get good vocal sound, Dave Phillips, (Tue Dec 6, 1:19 pm)
Re: [linux-audio-user] How to get good vocal sound, Burkhard Woelfel, (Thu Dec 8, 1:47 pm)
Re: [linux-audio-user] How to get good vocal sound, Nigel Henry, (Thu Dec 8, 5:41 pm)
Re: [linux-audio-user] How to get good vocal sound, Carotinho, (Fri Dec 9, 12:38 pm)
Re: [linux-audio-user] How to get good vocal sound, Bill Allen, (Fri Dec 9, 10:58 am)
Re: [linux-audio-user] How to get good vocal sound, studio-64, (Thu Dec 8, 11:52 pm)
[linux-audio-user] Re: How to get good vocal sound, Arnold Krille, (Tue Dec 6, 3:34 pm)
Re: [linux-audio-user] How to get good vocal sound, studio-64, (Tue Dec 6, 11:51 am)