Audio engineer Scott Hirsch emphasizes an increased and focused control of dynamic range over specific audio frequencies for the voice through the use of a multiband compressor.
- [Narrator] Since we put so much focus…on the lead vocal of a song,…sometimes traditional EQ and compression…leaves you still wanting more control…over the dynamics of a voice.…One tool that's extremely effective and useful…in this regard, is the multiband compressor,…or as Logic calls it, the Multipressor.…As you can see, I've got a Multipressor inserted…into the vocal track, and what it is…is four traditional compressors, essentially,…that focus on different frequency bands of the track.…
We can have the first band is looking at everything,…in this case, below 42 hertz, 43 hertz.…The middle band is everything…between 43 hertz and 490 hertz,…and the third band is everything between…490 hertz and 6,600 hertz,…or 6.6 kilohertz,…and the fourth band is everything…above 6,600 and above,…up to 20 kilohertz.…
We can focus these bands,…and I can focus them a little better…than they're focused now.…I'm going to use ...…I'm not going to use Band 1.…I don't really care about frequencies below 80 hertz,…and we're actually filtering them out…
Audio engineer Scott Hirsch starts with comping the vocals—combining the best performances into one final vocal master take. He explains how to edit out breaths and other noises and fabricate a doubling effect for additional texture and vibe, and then brings in some plugins into the mix—Antares Auto-Tune, Melodyne, and iZotope—to tune vocals and create more interesting soundscapes. In the "Mixing" chapter, Scott enhances the sound of the vocals with EQ, compression, reverb, delay, and automation, adding life and motion to the song. The final track demonstrates everything you can do to maximize the effectiveness of vocals with Logic Pro.
- Comping takes in Logic Pro
- Editing breaths and noise
- Doubling and tuning vocals
- Experimenting with iZotope's Stutter Edit
- Processing vocals with EQ and compression
- De-essing vocals
- Using reverb, delay, and modulation effects
- Automating levels and FX in Logic Pro