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.
- [Voiceover] Even when you have all your EQ…and compression working perfectly to sit your vocal…in a mix, often times the lead vocal level…needs a little help to stay in the focused foreground…of the mix.…Let's take a look at how you can ride the fader…using volume automation on a lead vocal…to accomplish this.…The technique of riding a vocal fader…throughout a mix is quite commonly used in mixing…and in my opinion the best way to do it…is in real time.…So if you have a fader controller or any type…of control surface now's the time to get that out…and map it to the lead vocal fader.…
In this demonstration I'm going to use…the pop up fader on the screen.…If you need a refresher on automation modes…and methods please refer to the essential training…for Pro Tools.…I'm going to assume here that you have a basic…knowledge of how to write in real time automation.…Let's take a look at the volume automation play list…for our lead vocal so we can see what…we're doing in real time.…Next I'm going to put this fader into latch mode.…
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