Effect automation is explored as author Scott Hirsch creates automation for a delay send, as well as automating a cutoff filter in order to add motion and depth to the vocal echo effect.
- [Narrator] Just like automating…the volume on the lead vocal…can help make your mix more exciting and focused,…automation on effects parameters…can spice up vocals in the mix, as well.…Here, we'll automate a filter on an effects delay…to give you an idea of how automation can be used…to give your effects more dimension.…Here, I have my lead vocal track…sending on a bus to a delay effects return.…I'm gonna insert a delay into this effects return.…I'm gonna go and just put on the mod delay three.…
Again, it's the stock delay effect…that comes with Pro Tools.…Here, I'm gonna put in a really rhythmic eighth note delay.…I'll just link the left and right parameters…and I'll make sure sync is turned on,…and I'll click the eighth note.…Now, I'm gonna turn up the feedback quite a bit…because I want this to feedback and have a lot of repeats.…We're gonna do this right at the end of the bridge.…It's gonna sound something like this.…♫ You took the sun with you…♫ Along with our forever…♫ Hm-mm-mmm-mm-mm, this…Now, the key to this effect is…
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 Pro Tools.
- Comping takes in Pro Tools
- 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 Pro Tools