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Mixing vocals in stereo provides the opportunity to make a signal appear brighter. Through various techniques, we can introduce more side signals to spread our vocals across the stereo field. This results in a brighter vocal sound.
In addition to your centrally-panned vocal track, consider recording two more takes, panning one to the left and the other to the right. The variances between these tracks will produce an extremely bright vocal effect. Depending on the compressor, EQ, and reverb settings, you can either push the doubled vocals to the background or bring them more to the forefront. Click here to learn more about compressor settings for vocals.
One alternative technique involves whispering your song in two additional takes. Pan one take to the left and the other to the right. These whispering takes can often sound quite harsh. Start by using an EQ with a low-cut filter. Due to the nature of whispering, this filter can be set relatively high.
Level out your entire track using gain automation or a vocal rider like GainAim. Next, apply a fast-acting compressor.
Your whispered track will likely be dominant in the 8 to 12 kHz range. To manage the sharp “S” sounds in this range, use a De-Esser. For those interested in creating their own De-Esser, click here.
Adjusting the volume of the whispered tracks will influence how bright your vocals appear in the mix.