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In this course, author Bobby Owsinski reveals industry tips, tricks, and techniques for producing professionally mixed audio on any digital audio workstation. He offers recommendations for setting up an optimal listening environment, highlights the most efficient ways to set up and balance a mix, and shows how to build a powerful sound with compression. The course also explains how to master the intricacies of EQ; incorporate reverb, delay, and modulation effects; and generate the final mix.
Modulation effects are often used on vocals to make them sound thicker and widen them out in the stereo field. Let me show you how that's done. The first thing we'll do is listen to a chorus on the vocal. First of all let's listen to the vocal by itself. (Music playing) Now we already have a chorus patched in. It's in Bypass. Let's take it out of Bypass to have a listen of what it'll do. (Music playing) Now let's listen to the track.
(Music playing) Now there is couple of problems when using this. The first is that if we're not careful sometimes we could actually cause some tuning problems with some other instruments or vocals. So that's usually why we take the mix way back and we just add a touch of it. The other thing is it sort of sounds artificial and it doesn't sound as in your face as we want the lead vocal to sound.
Now on the other hand sometimes if we have a really pitchy lead vocal, sometimes adding a chorus could actually help a little bit, because suddenly you won't hear the pitch problems as much you did before. Anyway, let's bring the mix back more towards the dry signal and have a listen to what it sounds like. (Music playing) I see that's not so bad.
That actually fits in the mix okay. It wouldn't be the first thing that I would add to add some polish to the lead vocal, but it does work and sometimes it'll work even better depending upon the song or the arrangement. Where you will usually find the chorus work best is on background vocals. So let's listen to them first of all, solo by themselves. (Music playing) Now what the chorus will tend to do is it'll widen it out, but it'll also make the chorus sound bigger.
It'll sound like there are more people there. That's kind of what we want sometimes. Usually, what we want is to have the background singers sound like they're more of them and the chorus will help do that. Let's hear it now. (Music playing) You can hear how it widens it out. Now let's take it out a solo and listen in the track. (Music playing) It sounds pretty good, but let's see if we can make it a little better.
What we'll do is we'll add some more depth to this and have a listen. (Music playing) We'll add a little feedback too. Let's listen. (Music playing) Let's listen in the track. (Music playing) What just happened was not only did we widen it out in the track, but we thickened it as well, and we kept it out of the way of the lead vocal and that's often what we're trying to do by adding a chorus.
So to sum things up modulation effects are often used on vocals to make them sound thicker, even out some tuning problems, and widen them out in stereo field. Whether you're using a Chorus or Flanger be careful not to raise the Depth, Rate, or Feedback controls too much or you may have tuning problems with the other vocals and instruments.
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