Join Brian Lee White for an in-depth discussion in this video Processing the background vocals, part of Mixing a Hip-Hop and R&B Song in Pro Tools.
All right, now that I have my main chorus vocal sound I want to start working on my…background vocals or my harmonies and these go right along with the leads.…So they're fairly important in terms of the overall chorus sound.…Now I want to point out that the harmonies actually build over the course of the song.…So where I actually want to work with these is starting in the second chorus.…So as they can see here I've got some of the harmonies that come in here.…
I've got two harmonies that come in the first chorus, but in the second chorus and the third…chorus is where I have my full harmony or background vocals stack.…So I'm going to work with them here in the second chorus so that I'm working with all of the vocals.…Now I'll start by sub-mixing these into an aux track so that I can group process and control their levels.…So we'll go to a New Track, BGVox, and I will solo safe that so that I have a nice common…control, and I can solo up these vocals and take a listen.…
Start that from our second chorus. (music playing)…
Recommended prerequisites: Pro Tools Essential Training and Pro Tools Mixing and Mastering
- Setting up the mixer
- Layering kicks and low-frequency management
- Enhancing the lead vocals
- Working with rap "stabs" and "adlibs"
- Processing vocals with EQ, compression, and other effects
- Warming up bass and low-frequency tones
- Re-creating a "sampled vinyl" sound
- Creating "width" and "depth" in the stereo field
- Adding automation
- Mastering the track with compression and limiting
- Bouncing out a stereo mix