Vocals

The most important aspect of any song are the vocals.

Your entire song is built around the vocals so why not get the most out of your vocal recordings from tracking to polish?

To best present your recorded vocals for processing it is essential to first use corrective techniques. This incorporates cleaning the channel, de essing for sibilance, managing plosives, using noise gates to remove background noise and headphone spill and gain staging.

But that is just the tip of the iceberg.

I will show you how to use compressors in series to manage the dynamic range of the vocals, how to layer vocals and create harmonies both in your DAW and using stock plugins, show you how to use 3 stage compression for adding focus to a vocal take, how to tune and pitch vocals, how to use Bump Automation, how to successfully eq any vocal using my 4 Step Technique, how to duck, how to side-chain against the mix and so much more.

To be thorough I have used audio examples of EDM female vocals, Rap vocals, Rock vocals and Backing vocals in all the video tutorials.

Learn how to process Vocals both easily and professionally.

Tutorials


Compressing Rap Vocals


Compressing Rap Vocals screen shows the ssl bus compressor plugin

Beginner

How to use a compressor for processing Rap vocals.
Duration: 15 mins



Feed-back Compression


Feed-back Compression screen shows tdr nova feed-back compressor plugin

Intermediate

A thorough tutorial explaining both feedback and dynamic compression and how to use it to process female vocals.
Duration: 13 mins



Negative Limiting using Valley People Dyna-mite


Negative Limiting using Valley People Dyna-mite screen shows vallep people's dynamite expander plugin

Advanced

What is negative limiting, how does it work and how to use it. In this tutorials I show you how to use negative limiting to process vocals.
Duration: 5 mins



Layering Vocals using Parallel Compression


Layering Vocals using Parallel Compression (NY) screen shows the boz digital manic compressor plugin

Intermediate

Parallel compression techniques for layering vocals to achieve a big and dynamic sound.
Duration: 5 mins



Converting Mono Channels to Stereo for Parallel Processing


Converting Mono Channels to Stereo for Parallel Processing screen shows the cuabse project settings menu

Intermediate

How to configure and convert mono to stereo channels for vocal parallel processing within the DAW.
Duration: 4 mins



Noise Gate - What is it and how does it work


Noise Gate - What is it and how does it work screen shows fabfilter's pro g noise gate

Beginner

What is a noise gate, how does it work and when to use it. Let me show you how to use a gate on vocal recordings.
Duration: 11 mins



De-esser - what is it and how does it work


de-esser a screen showing fabfilter's pro ds plugin

Beginner

What is a de-esser, how it works and how and when to use it. The perfect dynamic processor for taming sibilance in vocals.
Duration: 12 mins



Using Dynamic Equalisation on Female Vocals


Mastering Demos with EQ screen shows the tdr nova ge dynamic eq plugin

Advanced

How to use a dynamic equaliser to process female vocals. Add motion and vibrancy to female vocal recordings.
Duration: 11 mins



Creating the 3 master reverbs using the FabFilter Pro R reverb


Creating a Big Studio Reverb a.k.a the Abbey Rd Reverb screen shows fabfilter pro r reverb plugin

Advanced

Crafting the three main master mix reverbs using FabFilter Pro-R reverb.
Duration: 9 mins



Constructing the 3 master mix reverbs using Melda MReverb


Reverb smoothing using a De-Esser screen shows the melda reverb plugin

Advanced

The art and science of working the main mix reverbs in series and in parallel using Melda's MReverb plugin..
Duration: 9 mins



Creating a Smooth and Liquid Reverb


Creating a Smooth and Liquid Reverb screen shows the cubase de esser plugin

Intermediate

Techniques in how to manipulate reverbs using sibilance plugins to achieve a smooth and warm texture.
Duration: 5 mins



Using Reverbs In Series for Female Vocals


Creating a Big Studio Reverb a.k.a the Abbey Rd Reverb screen shows fabfilter pro r reverb plugin

Intermediate

A thorough tutorial explaining how to configure multiple reverbs in series for processing female vocals.
Duration: 5 mins



Reverb Effect - what is it and how does it work


Reverb Effect - what is it and how does it work screen showing ozone 5 reverb

Beginner

Everything you will ever need to know about the reverb effect, how it works, when to use it and how to use it
Duration: 13 mins



Reverb - manipulating distance using Proximity


Reverb - manipulating distance using Proximity screen shows the proximity plugin

Intermediate

Learn about the reverb proximity effect and how to control it. Create distance and 'behind' you effects using TDR's Proximity.
Duration: 9 mins



iZotope Ozone Reverb - how to create a mix reverb


Reverb Effect - what is it and how does it work screen showing ozone 5 reverb

Beginner

A very cool technique for creating that elusive master reverb for your mixes using iZotope Ozone's reverb.
Duration: 5 mins



Controlling Vocal Sibilance


Controlling Vocal Sibilance screen shows the tonebooster sibilance plugin

Intermediate

Understanding what sibilance refers to when dealing with vocals and how best to tame it.
Duration: 8 mins



Reverb smoothing using a De-Esser


Reverb smoothing using a De-Esser screen shows the melda reverb plugin

Intermediate

Advanced techniques on manipulating and smoothing reverbs using a de-esser.
Duration: 12 mins



Creating a Big Studio Reverb a.k.a the Abbey Rd Reverb


Creating a Big Studio Reverb a.k.a the Abbey Rd Reverb screen shows fabfilter pro r reverb plugin

Intermediate

This tutorial shows you how to create the famous Abbey Rd Big Studio Reverb for your mix projects.
Duration: 8 mins



Processing Female Vocals using the Reverb 2445


Processing Female Vocals using the Reverb 2445 screen shows psp 2445 reverb plugin

Intermediate

Processing female vocals with the famous EMT 2445 reverb - transparency and lush at its best!
Duration: 7 mins



Using a Flanger to create Stereo Effects


Using a Flanger to create Stereo Effects screen shows the psp delay plugin

Advanced

Advanced techniques for creating very cool stereo effects using the flanger effect and in this instance it is vocals that get the flanger treatment!
Duration: 9 mins



Flanger Effect - what is it and how does it work


Flanger Effect - what is it and how does it work screen shows the cubase flanger effect plugin

Beginner

A fully detailed journey into what a flanger effect is, how to use it and when to use it.
Duration: 8 mins



Using Stereo Delays on Vocals


Using Chorus Creatively on Vocals screen shows soundtoys echoboy delay plugin

Intermediate

Using stereo and dual-mono delay effects for modulating the stereo width of vocal lines is a very potent process!
Duration: 9 mins



Delay Effect - Cross Feedback and Style


Ducking Effects in Real-time using Vocal Triggers screen shows soundtoys echoboy delay plugin

Intermediate

Understanding and manipulating crossfeed and style algorithms for the delay effect so as to create huge sound scapes.
Duration: 12 mins



Using a Delay to create Chorus


Using a Delay to create Chorus screen shows cubase chorus and soundtoys primal tap plugins

Intermediate

Learn how to create the chorus effect using a delay effect processor.
Duration: 3 mins



Soundtoys Crystallizer- using Granular Synthesis on Vocals


Soundtoys Crystallizer- using Granular Synthesis on Vocals screen shows soundtoys crystallizer plugin

Advanced

An advanced tutorial for creating pitch-shifted chorus effects using granular processing. Let me show you how to create epic vocal effects using this simple effect!
Duration: 9 mins



Using Chorus Creatively on Vocals


Using Chorus Creatively on Vocals screen shows soundtoys echoboy delay plugin

Advanced

Advanced tutorial on how to use modulation with different types of chorus effects to process vocals.
Duration: 8 mins



Chorus Effect - what is it and how does it work


Chorus Effect - what is it and how does it work screen showing cubase's chorus effect plugin

Beginner

Thorough explanation of what the chorus effect is, how it works and when to use it.
Duration: 7 mins



Processing Rap Vocals - Prep and Optimisation


Processing Rap Vocals - Prep and Optimisation is a video tutorial that outlines the processes required to clean and optimise rap vocals. screen shows cubase's eq plugin

Intermediate

Techniques to show you how to process male rap vocals using both effects and dynamic processors.
Duration: 19 mins



Using Cubase's Stock Reverb Plugins


Layering Reverbs for a Big and Lush Effect screen showing cubase's reverb plugin

Intermediate

A detailed tutorial explaining how to use Cubase's stock reverb plugins to create a huge and lush reverb effect.
Duration: 21 mins



Using Side-Chaining to Duck Reverbs on Vocals


Using Side-Chaining to Duck Reverbs on Vocals screen shows the waves f6 dynamic equaliser

Intermediate

Old school technique of ducking an effect within a mix using vocal lines as triggers. Perfect for cleaning vocal lines and managing spoken word in broadcasting and busy mixes.
Duration: 7 mins



Side-chaining Vocals against the Mix


Side-chaining vocals against the mix screen shows the waves f6 dynamic eq

Intermediate

A detailed tutorial showing you how to create space for vocals in a busy mix by using the Dynamic Equaliser's side-chain!
Duration: 12 mins



Creating Vocal Harmonies using Cubase


Creating Vocal Harmonies using Cubase screen showing cubase's project settings page

Intermediate

Learn how to create vocal harmonies by layering in the DAW and using Cubase's time-stretching tools to nail the tuning of each layer.
Duration: 12 mins



The 4 stages of Vocal Eq processing


The 4 stages of Vocal Eq processing screen shows cubase's eq plugin

Intermediate

Learn how to eq vocals professionally and quickly using these 4 simple steps!
Duration: 17 mins



Gating Techniques for Vocals


Gating Techniques for Vocals screen shows the cubase gate plugin

Intermediate

If your vocal recordings have background noise or headphone spill then this video tutorial could save your day.
Duration: 17 mins



Using EQ to Clean and Enrich Rap Vocals


Using EQ to Clean and Enrich Rap Vocals screen shows cubase's stock eq plugin

Intermediate

Clean and beef up male rap vocals using a dynamic equaliser!
Duration: 10 mins



Layering Backing Vocals to create Harmonies


Processing Backing Vocals screen shows the tla 100 leveling amp plugin

Intermediate

Let me show you how you can maximise your backing vocals for impact and interest by using band-pass equalisation and layering to create interesting and epic vocal harmonies!
Duration: 13 mins



De-essing EDM female lead vocals


de-esser a screen showing fabfilter's pro ds plugin

Beginner

Struggling to de ess driving female lead vocals? This tutorial will guide you through all the steps required to treat sibilance (the esses and effs in vocal takes).
Duration: 13 mins



Downward and Upward Compression for Rap Vocals


Downward and Upward Compression for Rap Vocals screen shows hornet's dynamic plugin

Intermediate

A unique approach in managing the Dynamic Range of rap vocals using various compression and expansion modes and topologies. If you want your Rap vocals to jump out of the mix this tutorial is for you.
Duration: 12 mins



Ducking Effects in Real-time using Vocal Triggers


Ducking Effects in Real-time using Vocal Triggers screen shows soundtoys echoboy delay plugin

Intermediate

Learn how to duck any effect anywhere within a mix using the vocal track as a trigger for the side-chain of the compressor that attenuates the effect.
Duration: 14 mins



Extending the Dynamic Range of Rap Vocals


Extending the Dynamic Range of Rap Vocals screen shows fabfilter's pro mb plugin

Intermediate

A very cool technique demonstrating how to extend the dynamic range of rap vocals. Most rap vocals are heavily compressed with a narrow dynamic range - this tutorial shows you how to repair and reverse the process adding dynamics back into the vocal take.
Duration: 17 mins



Processing Lead Rock Vocals


Processing Lead Rock Vocals screen shows soundtoys decapitator plugin

Intermediate

A detailed tutorial on how to process lead Rock vocals to sit in a mix.
Duration: 13 mins



Processing Backing Vocals


Processing Backing Vocals screen shows the tla 100 leveling amp plugin

Beginner

Backing vocals are as important as lead vocals and understanding how to process them to best optimise them can be daunting. Let me show you how to process them easily and efficiently.
Duration: 13 mins



Tuning and Pitching Lead Rock Vocals


Tuning and Pitching Rock Lead Vocals screen shows the waves real tune plugin

Intermediate

Without a doubt the most important aspect of any song is the vocals and with Rock music it is absolutely critical to get the vocals in tune and pitched correctly.
Duration: 13 mins



Using Bump Automation to Process Vocal's Volume


Using Bump Automation to Process Vocal's Volume screen shows cubase's automation lane and tools

Intermediate

How to use 'bump' automation within your DAW to control the volume of recorded vocals in a mix.
Duration: 10 mins



Using Compression in Series to Process Lead Vocals


Using Compression in Series to Process Lead Vocals is a deep tutorial on the workings of a compressor, and in this case two compressors in series, and how best to use it for various vocal processing tasks screen shows the cubase stock compressor plugin

Intermediate

How to use two compressors in series to control the dynamic range of lead vocals and enhance the overall texture.
Duration: 7 mins



Using Modulators to add Dynamic Motion to Vocals


Using Modulators to add Dynamic Motion to Vocals screen showing waves metafilter plugin

Intermediate

Add dynamic motion to your vocal lines by modulating the volume of the vocal take within your DAW.
Duration: 12 mins



Band-pass Equalisation - Slopes and Gradients


Band-pass Equalisation - Slopes and Gradients screen shows the fabfilter pro q3 equaliser

Intermediate

To master equalisation you need to understand how the filter slope/gradient affects the equaliser's response. The slopes have a dramatic effect on the overall sound being equalised.
Duration: 9 mins



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