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Tips For Vocal Recording
Ivan Milenkovic
Aug 24 2009, 01:56 PM
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Very good post Kepler, thanks. I already bookmarked topic for future reference on mixing the vocals, and your post was a fine addition. Thanks! smile.gif

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Aug 24 2009, 03:23 PM
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Thanks a lot for giving all these great tips.

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Awesome tips and explanations smile.gif
I'm bookmarking this as well!

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QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Aug 21 2009, 03:25 PM) *
If there are some that are needed, it is best to move things in small increments. If done in big increments it can still sound good, but the bigger the increments used, the bigger are chances that it will sound harsher on other sound systems.


Good point! I struggle with this.

A trick I use all the time to help ensure that my mixing doesn't go to waste because it only sounds good on my monitoring system is this:

I have tons of cheap sets of headphones. Some good ones and some crappy ones that have come with mp3 players and stuff.

I do most mixing through my monitors (M-Audio BX5's). But toward the final stages, I'll start constantly switching between different pairs of headphones. When I feel like I'm in a good place in the monitors, I'll grab my Bose IE's and make sure it sounds good through them (they have crazy-super-unusual low end response). If it doesn't, I make really minor adjustments til it sounds good. Then I'll throw on the headphones that came with my ipod and do the same thing. Then go back to the monitors and make sure it still sounds good there. Then circle back to the Bose. Then try a different set of phones. And so on and so on...

This way, I cover a lot of different listening scenarios without spending a ton of money on monitoring gear. I used to burn a CD of my mixes and bring it out with me. Then show all my friends in their car's systems. It would be revealing, but by the time I sat at the board/computer again, I'd be lost... saying things like "well, generally, things were too bassy in every car." or "In Steve's car the vocals sounded too loud, but it's fine in my car". It made addressing the problems difficult because there was no way to A/B the two. Once I integrated this headphone deal into my mixing process, the CD's started to sound more consistent between every car stereo. Almost always acceptable.

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Kristofer Dahl
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QUOTE (TheKeplerConjecture @ Aug 24 2009, 07:02 PM) *
I have tons of cheap sets of headphones. Some good ones and some crappy ones that have come with mp3 players and stuff.


Yet an awesome advice - now I just need to find my old headphones!

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Ivan Milenkovic
Aug 26 2009, 08:41 PM
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Yeah the headphones does help, I use this method as well. During final stages I take three pairs of headphones I have, K141 Studio headphones, cheapo Genius heaphones, and my half-cheap Nokia earphones. If it sounds decent on all of them, as well as on the speakers then I'm satisfied.

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