How Do Professionals Mix Their Vocals?

  • Avoid Ultra-Fast Attack Times. …
  • Don’t Rely on Compression Alone. …
  • Pay Attention to Breaths and Other Noises. …
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  • How do professionals mix their vocals?

    10 Ways to Make Vocals Sound Modern & Professional

    1. Top-End Boost. …
    2. Use a De’Esser. …
    3. Remove Resonances. …
    4. Control the Dynamics with Automation. …
    5. Catch the Peaks with a Limiter. …
    6. Use Multiband Compression. …
    7. Enhance the Highs with Saturation. …
    8. Use Delays Instead of Reverb.

    How do you mix vocal volume?

    Quick Vocal Mixing techniques

    1. Solo your lead vocal, mute all other channels.
    2. Set your lead vocal peak level at -9db.
    3. Set your Kick Drum peak level at -6db.
    4. Then Set your Snare Drum peak level at -7db.
    5. All other instruments peak levels may be set by taste. Now: To answer a popular question I hear often…

    How loud should my vocals be in the mix?

    Here’s how loud your vocals should be in a mix: Your vocal level should be lower than the drums, but louder than the instrumentation. Vocal mixing to a professional level however, requires more nuanced decisions than that to get your vocals to sit right.

    How can I track my perfect voice?

    How to Mix Vocals: Tips & Techniques for Perfect Quality Tracks

    1. Step 1: Record the Highest Quality Takes You Can. …
    2. Step 2: Create the Perfect Composite Track. …
    3. Step 3: Add Pitch Correction & Timing if Needed. …
    4. Step 4: Fire Up the Noise Gate. …
    5. Step 5: Add a Gain Plugin & Automation Track.

    How do you set EQ for vocals?

    Best EQ Settings for Vocals

    1. Roll off the low-end starting around 90 Hz.
    2. Reduce the mud around 250 Hz.
    3. Add a high shelf around 9 kHz & a high roll off around 18 kHz.
    4. Add a presence boost around 5 kHz.
    5. Boost the core around 1 kHz to 2 kHz.
    6. Reduce sibilance around 5 kHz to 8 kHz.

    Why do my vocals sound bad?

    Singers sometimes sound bad when they record themselves singing due either file compression, improper microphone technique or being unaccustomed to hearing their voice from a third person perspective.

    How do you fix badly recorded vocals?

    Tips for Repairing Bad Recordings

    1. Use LEVELS To Identify Problems In The Mix.
    2. Use Editing Tools To Tighten Up Performance Issues.
    3. Use a High-Pass Filter to Remove Unwanted Low End.
    4. Use a Surgical EQ to Isolate and Remove Resonances.
    5. Use a De-Esser to Prevent Harshness and Sibilance.

    How can I improve my vocal recording?

    6 Ways to Improve Your Vocal Recordings

    1. Choose the right microphone. Voices are different, and microphones are different. …
    2. Know how to position the microphone. …
    3. Don’t forget proximity effect. …
    4. Choose the right headphones. …
    5. Spend some time on the headphone mix. …
    6. Beware of overprocessing.

    What should you not mix with vocals?

    Fast attack times destroy punch and annihilate impact. They can suck the energy from a performance, leaving a track sounding muffled and distant. In most cases, you’ll want to avoid using them on vocals. And if you’re having trouble getting a vocal to cut through a mix, slowing down the attack time can help.

    Is a condenser mic better for vocals?

    Condenser microphones are best used to capture vocals and high frequencies. They are also the preferred type of microphone for most studio applications. … Because of the thin diaphragm and increased sensitivity, condenser mics are often used to pick up delicate sounds.

    What frequency should vocals be at?

    Male vocals will tend to have their fundamental frequencies between 100–300 Hz, while the fundamental frequencies of a female vocal will usually fall between 200–400 Hz.

    What is the best EQ setting?

    The “Perfect” EQ Settings: Unmasking the EQ

    • 32 Hz: This is the lowest frequency selection on the EQ. …
    • 64 Hz: This second bass frequency starts to become audible on decent speakers or subwoofers. …
    • 125 Hz: Many small speakers, such as in your laptop, can just about handle this frequency for bass information.

    What effects to add to vocals?

    The options available for vocal effects are broad. They include reverb, delay, choir, distortion, compression, gain automation, de-essing, EQ, pitch shift, and echo.

    What Hz is human voice?

    In general, the fundamental frequency of the complex speech tone – also known as the pitch or f0 – lies in the range of 100-120 Hz for men, but variations outside this range can occur. The f0 for women is found approximately one octave higher. For children, f0 is around 300 Hz.

    What Hz is a deep voice?

    Vocal fry happens to occupy a frequency space between 75Hz and 100Hz, which is also ‘deep voice territory’ for men.

    Where do vocals sit in a mix?

    Tip #1 – Here’s a top notch trick to get your vocals to sit on top of the mix nicely. Send everything but the vocals to their own aux, and apply a very subtle compressor (only a few dB’s reduction). Side chain the lead vocals to this compressor. This will dip the track by a 2 or 3 dB’s every time the vocals come in.

    What mic does Billie Eilish use?

    Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone.

    What are the 4 types of microphones?

    There are 4 types of microphone:

    • Dynamic Microphones.
    • Large Diaphram Condensor Microphones.
    • Small Diaphram Condensor Microphones.
    • Ribbon Microphones.

    What microphone makes you sound better?

    Condenser microphones are much more fragile than dynamic mics. They produce a more “colored” sound than other microphones because they are more sensitive to both lower and higher frequencies. In short, if you ever want to pick up room noise or general ambiance, a condenser microphone will be the best bet for the job.

    What is the best way to record yourself singing?

    As with iPhones, the latest generation Android devices have decent microphones that can deliver a good quality vocal recording. But my recommendation is to use a dedicated USB condenser microphone with a pop filter or an audio interface to connect your mics and instruments and get the highest quality possible.

    What should you not do before recording vocals?

    I would recommend that you refrain from talking too much or practicing extensively two days before the session. Avoiding alcohol, coffee, and dairy products can be beneficial to your voice as they can cause dehydration, reflux, or excess mucus. And don’t forget to drink plenty of water!


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