A Quick Tip – Brighten Those Vocals

By September 23, 2014Tips & Tricks, Tutorials

Brightening Vocals

This is a great tip for getting your vocals clearer and brighter!

Copy vocal to new track - click to enlarge

Copy vocal to new track – click to enlarge

  • Copy your lead vocal track onto another track. Mute the original lead vocal track for now, we will come back this.

 

 

 

Add the EQ - click to enlarge

Add the EQ – click to enlarge

  • Add an EQ to the copy and low cut everything below 2k. Then give a wide Q boost at 2k and above. Anywhere between 5db to 9db should work.

 

 

 

Add compressor - click to enlarge

Add compressor – click to enlarge

  • Now add a compressor and slam it hard. Try a ratio up around 7:1 to 8:1. Your looking to getting the highs sounding smooth at this stage. Some tweaking to attack and release times will be needed.

 

 

Reverb added - click to enlarge

Reverb added – click to enlarge

  • Add the same reverb to the compressed vocal as you’ve used on the original lead vocal. This is going to bring out the clarity of the vocals.

 

 

 

 

  •  Pull the fader down on the compressed vocal and un-mute the original lead vocal. Now slowly bring the fader up on the compressed copy to a point that sounds and feels natural. 

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