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What effects do you prefer when working with a higher pitched singer?

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Gravatar photo Orlando20i2

I'm recording a higher pitched singer and I've never working with any type of vocalists yet. What effects to you prefer to get a clear and powerful sound?

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  1. Answered: 1810 day 12 h (0) | Permalink

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    Gravatar phototnjsax

    It's all in playing with that EQ and matching that to the right level of compression. A De-esser would be nice in a side chain to focus in on the true timbre of the voice. With vocalists I tend to side chain reverb and delay on parallel chains.

    In pop music, it's extremely common to hear a light studio reverb on the vocals and a little bit of a delay to give the vocals prominance. Also if you tweak it just right (and you are not too worried about the most natural of sounds) you might try adding a touch of a chorus effect on the track. You never know until you try. Play around with any of these effects and see what you like... Just remember to maintain the order of effects (compression, EQ, other +side chains)!

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    Gravatar photoTwisted Engineer

    I think one of the most important things is to pair the right microphone to the singer.  Try setting up all the mics  you have side by side and compare them to each other.  Then pick the one that sounds the best on their voice.

    That's half the battle there.  Make sure you have access to some good compressors, outboard or plugin.  It's totally worth a bit of money to have access to something like an LA2A or 1176. URS has some great bundles too.  It can turn a vocal into pure butter.

    Then you might have to watch sibilance a bit more for higher-pitched singers.  A bit of a desser over the track might help out (the correct microphone will help this).

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    Gravatar photoAudio Institute of America

    There are no "effects" that address a singer who sings in a high register. Unless you mean her pitch is sharp - in which case use an Antares corrector. Peter Miller, CEO Audio Institute of America

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