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fig.2 example vocal comping
The initial step begins even before the mixing process. Always record multiple takes of your track. By doing so, you have the flexibility to replace any segments you’re not satisfied with using portions from another take. This technique, known as “vocal comping,” is a widely-accepted approach to address issues with wrong notes, timing discrepancies, or to simply choose a preferred sound.
A notable example is Billie Eilish’s process for “Happier Than Ever”. In a behind-the-scenes video, she recorded 87 takes, eventually combining the best segments to craft one seamless take. As illustrated in the provided image, each color denotes a distinct take that has been merged with other recordings.
To maintain a smooth continuity between different takes, ensure a crossfade of at least 10ms. This guarantees a seamless blend and obscures the fact that multiple recordings have been used. A word of caution, though: try to avoid spreading your recording sessions over an extended period. The human voice can vary day-to-day, and this can challenge the quest for a uniform vocal sound.
Having captured the best vocal performance doesn’t mean you have the best audio signal yet.
Listen intently. Can you hear background noise, clipping, or extraneous sounds like a neighboring door slam? Addressing each disruptive artifact moves you closer to a refined, professional sound. It’s also wise to trim silent sections.
Gating can be also a technique to manage silence. A gate functions by closing when the signal dips below a set threshold. When employing this, use a fast attack and slow release. This ensures the gating remains unobtrusive in the complete mix.
Should you detect pops or clipping, these can typically be edited out. If the clipping occurs within the vocal section, excise that fragment and replace it with a segment from another take. If working with a singular take, locate a portion resembling the excised area, duplicate it, and insert it into the void. Lastly, apply a crossfade for a seamless blend.
fig.3 plop sound
fig.4 silence with background noise
Ensure your vocals match the beat. Does the singer start on the first beat, or does it sound off? Be careful when adjusting the singer’s timing so you don’t unintentionally change their rhythmic intention.
Lower the breaths!
When mixing vocals, the breath sounds can become more pronounced due to compression and the boosting of high frequencies. This often leads to breaths sounding unnaturally loud.
So, let’s reduce the volume of the breaths relative to the vocals.
There are several methods to handle breaths in recordings. One tactic is to employ a separate sequencer dedicated to breaths. By doing so, the breaths remain untouched by the processing of other plugins.
Should you stumble upon a breath that feels out of context or just off, consider swapping it with a breath from a different part of your recording.
GainAim is a vocal rider designed to regulate the volume of your signal, providing seamless gain adjustments for more consistent dynamics. Here’s how you can use it effectively:
1. Set your preferred target loudness.
2. Opt between the rider or fast mode based on your requirements.
3. Ensure that the floor level remains above the breaths to maintain a natural sound.
The interface displays all gain adjustments made by GainAim in real-time. During processing, signals below the target loudness are boosted, while signals above are reduced. This ensures a consistent track and prepares the signal for further compression.
fig.10 well leveled signal
fig.11 clipping signal
Exploring ways to lower gain in your mix:
1. Using GainAim:
By adjusting the target loudness of GainAim, you can effortlessly manage the desired loudness level for your track. Lowering the target loudness will reduce the gain, ensuring your mix remains within safe boundaries.
2. Employing TRIM Plugin:
By using a trim plugin, you can manually correct gain increases made by other plugins.
3. Consolidating Clips:
As the final option, you can consolidate all your clips into one and then decrease the gain of the resulting clip.
In conclusion, preventing overloads and managing gain effectively is crucial to ensure a distortion-free and high-quality mix. By incorporating these techniques, you can navigate the gain staging process more efficiently.
And there you have it! By following these steps, you’re now on track to having a professional mix. Let’s remember that mixing isn’t just about precision; it’s an art. It demands patience, practice, and the courage to explore. So, keep experimenting, stay curious, and always push your boundaries. The journey of mixing is filled with endless learning and discoveries. Embrace it, and let your mixes resonate with your unique touch. Happy mixing!
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