Reverb to enhance and widen the stereo field of a vocal performance is used via send and return routing in the Logic Pro Mixer. Scott Hirsch explores some other techniques for reverb processing, such as using EQ on the auxiliary track.
- [Teacher] Producers and mix engineers love to use…reverb on vocals.…Why?…Reverb tends to not only gloss over imperfections…with the vocal performance, but it also adds a nice…stereo space around the usually mono vocal track.…So it has its own texture in a mix.…Let's look at how we can use a send in Logic Pro 10…to apply a stereo blend of reverb to a vocal.…So I'm going to go ahead and show the mixer pane here…so we can see, there's our vocal track here.…
And what we want to do is send a portion of the signal,…of the output of the vocal track, to an auxiliary track…and the auxiliary track will allow us to blend in the reverb…with the dry signal on the original track.…So to do a send, you can see this slot here…is reserved for sends.…I'm going to click in here, and I'll make a Send on…the first available bus, which is Bus 1.…A bus is just an audio pathway from one place to another…inside the mixer.…
So I'll put this send on Bus 1.…Now notice, Logic automatically made an aux track…which is the return track of where this bus is going.…
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