The vocal double effect is fabricated using editing and pitch-shifting audio plugins to create additional texture and vibe along with the lead vocal part.
- [Narrator] In the companion to this course,…Vocal Production Techniques,…we discussed the nuances of capturing a doubled vocal…to add texture and vibe to the lead vocal.…But what if you didn't record one…and still want that texture?…It turns out there's an easy way…to manufacture a doubled vocal part effectively…to add some spice to your vocal sound.…Here's how we could do this.…We'll start by duplicating the part we want to double.…So here, we want to double the pre-chorus.…Go ahead and select pre-chorus…and I'm gonna make a new track.…
Pull it up underneath the main vocal track…and I'll name it Vocal Double.…Now, I want to simply copy and paste this part…into the double track, so…command + C and I'll move the cursor down, command + V.…Now, if you simply double a part like this,…all it effectively does is make the part louder.…Take a listen.…♫ Don't you worry 'bout me ♫…- [Narrator] You don't experience any…of the effects of a double…until you alter the doubled part.…
We can alter the doubled part by pitching it…
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