Vocal eq effects

It makes musical sense to set vocal delays to be in time with the track. However, straight delays such as quarter and eighth notes can get easily masked within the track. I usually start with an offbeat delay like three sixteenths which I find tends to naturally find the musical gaps. Then I’ll vary the delay slightly until it feels good. Stereo delays are also useful for movement. A quarter note on one side and three sixteenths on the other bounce off each other nicely. A slap delay can be useful, often sounding like a tight reverb when mixed low. I’ll use 80-90ms for those depending on the speed of the track. I’ll also use very short delays of 10-20ms with a bit of pitch change on each side to add thickness and width.

You may find if you work with the same person a lot you get to know characteristics of their voice. For example, I known an actor who has sibilance at about 11 kHz. So I don’t like to boost her voice in that range. Generally speaking, if a male voice is sibilant it will tend to be in the 3-5k Hz range. If a female voice is sibilant it will tend to be in the 5-8k Hz range. But that’s just a strategy. Don’t follow it like a recipe or you may inadvertently trash a recording of someone’s voice who is sibilant outside of the usual range. Sometimes you can see sibilance on a real-time analyzer, which may help you find it more quickly. But if you sweep through the 3-12k Hz region with a narrow Q and a significant boost, your ears will tell you where the harshness resides. Don’t emphasize it in the name of presence.

When you solo an instrument, a good use for EQ is a highpass (low-cut) filter. Filter out frequencies below the lowest fundamental frequency that the instrument produces. Here’s one way to do that: Start with a highpass filter set to a Q of and a frequency of 40 Hz. While playing the track, gradually raise the filter frequency until the sound starts to thin out, then back off a little. Filtering out the deep lows on each instrument and vocal reduces breath pops, low-frequency leakage, and rumble from traffic and air conditioning.

Vocal eq effects

vocal eq effects


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