Author Scott Hirsch employs the Delay plugin as a send effect to create a slapback echo effect. He also explores a modern rhythmic delay that uses feedback to echo in a rhythmic fashion for motion and texture in vocal effects processing.
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- [Instructor] Like reverb processing, delay is another…time based vocal effect that works quite well as ascend.…By setting up delay as ascend,…you can mix in the amount of delay to taste,…and even apply other processing to just that delay.…As we'll do later in this course.…Here I wanna focus on two styles of delay.…The classic Elvis Presley slash John Lennon slap back effect…and a more modern rhythmic style delay.…First let's work on the slap back style delay.…So I'm gonna go ahead and show our mixer pane,…and just like we did with the reverb,…we're gonna split off the lead vocal track…over ascend and it's gonna return…on an effects return track.…
So if I go ahead into the send section and I choose…bus, bus one, I can send a portion of…the lead vocal signal over a but and Logic…will automatically create a return track…that the bus returns on.…In this case it calls it Aux1,…but I can go ahead and make it specific and call it delay.…This is strictly our delay track…and we'll be able to blend in the amount of send…
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