Author Scott Hirsch shows vocal post-production editing techniques, such as de-breathing and removing mouth noises, for making a vocal comp track fit into a final mix.
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- [Instructor] Breathing correctly…is a big part of singing,…and you will undoubtedly have inhales and exhales…along with your actual singing in any vocal recording.…Depending on your stylistic decisions,…you may need to reduce, remove,…or sometimes even add breaths to make your vocal part work…in the context of your song.…Once you've made your final comp,…there will also be mouth noises,…and even some stray plosives or low-frequency hits…during certain syllables.…Let's go over some techniques…on how to deal with breaths, mouth noises and plosives,…to make your vocal edit clean…without sounding unnatural in Studio One.…
So here's our final comp on this top track.…It has all the breaths and mouth noises,…and nothing's been finessed,…and especially because we took the comp from multiple takes,…there's all sorts of things on the track now,…there's doubled breaths, mouth noises,…and imperfect edits so,…let's go through this and,…we're gonna want to finesse all of those things…to make a better-sounding vocal track.…Now first as we can see and hear,…
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