Reverb to enhance and widen the stereo field of a vocal performance is used via send and return routing in the Studio One Mixer. Scott Hirsch explores some other techniques for reverb processing, such as using EQ on the auxiliary track.
- [Narrator] Producers and mix engineers…love to use Reverb on vocals.…Why?…Reverb tends to not only gloss over imperfections…with the vocal, but also adds a nice stereo space…around the usually mono vocal track,…so it has it's own texture in a mix,…and a sense of space about it.…Let's look into how we can use a send…in Studio One to apply a stereo blend of Reverb…to a vocal.…So, you notice I have the mixing pane showing,…which I can show and hide by clicking on this button,…and I've got the view shown so that I'm seeing…our sends area.…
I had to turn this button on, otherwise…it doesn't show the send, so if you're wondering…why yours doesn't look like this,…it's just a matter of setting up the mix area…using these buttons on the left.…I can go ahead and close the browse window as well.…So now that I'm seeing the sends, on my lead vocal track,…I'm gonna go ahead and add a send.…And I get two options, I can add a Bus Channel,…or an Fx Channel.…In this case, since we're going to be adding…Reverb as an effect, I can say add Fx Channel.…
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