Join Larry Crane for an in-depth discussion in this video Prepping vocal takes for mixing, part of Music Production Secrets: Larry Crane on Mixing.
I get sent a lot of songs to mix from people all around the world. …I love doing this work. One of the first things I'll always do on …these sessions is go in, listen to the vocal tracks, and do a little bit of cleanup. …And back in the old days, I did everything on tape, and you couldn't …really get in and neat pick the way you can with a computer these days. …But even then sometimes I would take the vocal track and record it over to a new …track, selectively cutting out the parts where I don't want to have some …background noise, in between verses or whatever.…
And I would take out little clicks and pops sometimes, not transfer those over, …really carefully. It took a while, It's kind of difficult …work but it would give you a nice clean vocal that you could put up in a mix, and …not have any surprises or strange things happening. …I've seen a lot of cases where I'd finish a mix, and and send it off to mastering, …and the artist would go, what's that one weird sound? …And it'll turn out to be like a little vocal click while someone's opening their …
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- Understanding the mix room acoustics
- Cutting frequencies
- Prepping vocal takes
- Drum mixing
- Gating audio for noise elimination or for creative purposes
- Creating and using backwards reverb in a DAW
- Re-amping guitars, bass, vocals, and more