DOs & DON’TS
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.