Reverb to enhance and widen the stereo field of a vocal performance is used via send and return routing in the Pro Tools Mixer. Scott Hirsch explores some other techniques for reverb processing, such as using EQ on the auxiliary track.
- [Voiceover] Producers and mix engineers love to use reverb…on vocals, why?…Reverb tends to not only gloss over imperfections…with a vocal but it can also add a nice stereo space…around the usually mono vocal track…so it has its own texture in a mix.…Let's look at how we can use ascend in Pro Tools…to apply a stereo blend of reverb to our lead vocal.…First we want to make ascend that…comes off of the lead vocal.…So let's show our sends column here in the edit window.…
I'll show sends A-E.…So now I want to send the vocal on a bus,…a bus is an internal routing in Pro Tools…that splits the signal off and sends it…to another location within Pro Tools mixer.…So go in here and I'll choose bus.…Now I'm going to choose a stereo bus,…bus one and two and that way we can make…the reverb aspect of our vocal in stereo…while the original track of vocals…is still a mono track.…So there we've got our send, it's on bus one and two,…now we need to make a destination for this bus.…
So let me go ahead and make a new track,…so Track New, only this time we're going to make…
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