Riding the volume fader using realtime automation on the vocal track is demonstrated here. Scott Hirsch shows you how to execute this vocal mixing technique.
- [Instructor] Even when you have all your EQ…and compression working perfectly…to sit the vocal in a mix,…often time the lead vocal level needs a little help…to stay in the focused foreground.…Let's talk about how you can write the fader…using volume automation on a lead vocal to accomplish this.…The technique of writing a vocal fader throughout a mix…is quite commonly used in mixing,…and in my opinion, the best way to do this is in real time,…to perform the moves in real time.…
So, if you have a fader controller…or any kind of control surface…where you can map the fader to the vocal volume,…now is the time to get that out…and map it to the lead vocal fader.…If you need a refresher on automation modes and methods,…please refer to the essential training for Logic Pro 10.…I'm going to assume here that you have a basic knowledge…of how to write real time automation.…So, if we want to automate the vocal level in this verse,…we want to put the track in to automation mode.…
I type the a button on my keyboard to see volume automation.…
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