Join Brian Lee White for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting up the vocal FX returns, part of Mixing a Hip-Hop and R&B Song in Pro Tools.
So now that I have a great sound going on from my Rap Lead and Double, now is a good…time to start thinking about my vocal effects returns that I am going use both on the Rap…vocals as well as later on the Hook vocals and the Background vocals.…And what I'll start out with is using some of my Long Verb that I already created for…my drums, let's go ahead and listen to that. (music playing)…Just a little bit of that, I just want to add a little bit of that long space to help…tie that vocal back to some of that percussion.…
I don't want to really drill it up too far otherwise the vocal is going to get lost and…start to sound muddy.…We're actually going to give the vocal that sense of specialness using delays and harmonizers and pitch effects.…So I am going to leave that down say right around -19, that's a good starting point,…we might adjust that later in our mix.…And I'll just go ahead and copy that over to the Double, and we'll see how that sounds…as we add our other returns.…
Now for the next set of returns I am actually going to have to build those now and so I…
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