The vocal double effect is fabricated using editing and pitch-shifting audio plugins to create additional texture and vibe along with the lead vocal part.
- [Instructor] In the companion to this course,…Vocal Production Techniques, we discussed…the nuances of capturing a doubled vocal…to add texture and vibe to the lead vocal.…But what if you didn't record a doubled vocal,…but you still want that texture?…It turns out there's an easy way…to manufacture a doubled vocal part…through editing and some effects…to add some spice to your vocal sound.…Here's how we would do that in Studio One.…We'll start by making a couple new tracks.…So I'm gonna go ahead and click on the Add Tracks button.…
And I want two audio tracks, so I'll make them.…And there they are, Track One and Track Two.…And I'll call this Double L for left,…and I'll call this one Double Right.…Now I'm gonna go to the section of the song…I want to double,…which is the pre-chorus of the song.…So here in this section of the song,…I'm gonna grab these two phrases, just selecting them,…just click and Shift-click and make a selection.…
And I'm gonna Option-drag that section down…into each of these tracks.…So I'm just basically copying and pasting the same part…
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 Studio One.
- Comping takes in Studio One
- 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 Studio One