Author Scott Hirsch employs the Delay plugin as a send effect to create a slapback echo effect. He also explores a modern rhythmic delay that uses feedback to echo in a rhythmic fashion for motion and texture in vocal effects processing.
- [Narrator] Like reverb processing,…delay is another time-based vocal effect…that works quite well as a send.…By setting up your delay as a send,…you can mix the amount of delay to taste.…And you can even apply other processing,…as we'll do later in this course.…Here, I wanna focus on two styles of delay.…The classic Elvis Presley slash John Lennon slap-back effect…and a more modern, rhythmic-style delay.…First, let's work on the slap-back style delay.…Notice I've already set up a send off my lead vocal.…
This send is going on bus 34,…and it's returning to my first delay aux track, vocal delay.…You can see its input is set to bus 34.…Now, I've already gone ahead and inserted the delay plugin…on this aux return track.…And this is the mod-delay three,…this is the stock delay plugin…that comes with any Pro Tools system.…Notice the mix is set to 100 percent wet,…which is exactly how we wanna have it as a send/return.…This return track is gonna be 100 percent delay,…while we can send our dry signal from our lead vocal track.…
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