DOs & DON’TS

Future Music - - FEATURE | THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO VOCAL PROCESSING -

DO: Check any recorded vo­cals through a fre­quency anal­yser when you’re EQing. You might find there are bass fre­quen­cies present you just don’t need (in which case use a low shelf or high-pass fil­ter) or iden­tify ex­actly which fre­quen­cies are pro­duc­ing sibi­lance. Us­ing your ears is best but dou­ble-check with your eyes too.

DON’T: Au­to­mat­i­cally over-tune your vo­cals. We’ve heard ex­treme hyper-tuned vo­cal treat­ments so many times be­fore and while there might well be a time and place for them, don’t make them a de­fault choice.

DO: Think care­fully if you’re writ­ing lyrics. Make your songs mean some­thing and try to avoid re­sort­ing to clichés.

DON’T: Make your vo­cals too loud. It’s easy to set vo­cal lev­els higher than they need to be. Re­mem­ber, while they might be the most im­por­tant el­e­ment in your mix, they’ll of­ten sound bet­ter when prop­erly bal­anced with your back­ing track.

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