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MixOff News and Updates / Cross-Discipline Blog
« on: November 23, 2011, 06:33:26 AM »
Hey all, sorry for the bit of spam.  I just launched a new audio blog that will discuss tips/tricks/techniques in one discipline and how it relates to another area of sound.  I'll be talking about mastering, theatre, dsp programming, composing, film, video games, psychoacoustics etc.

I'm also open to topic ideas, so comment on my site with your thoughts.

Mixing Talk / Re: Recording vocals over many days - perserving sound
« on: October 28, 2011, 08:35:50 PM »
All this is great thoughts and ideas.  I kinda thought it was just in my head so its good to hear that other experience this as well.

I like the idea of having them listen to a previous recording to get them into that state of mind.  @JohnSuitcase I think you're also right in saying that more experienced singers have less issue with this.

Mixing Talk / Recording vocals over many days - perserving sound
« on: October 28, 2011, 09:01:44 AM »
So I've noticed that when I do vocal recordings over more than one day, the quality of the sound appears to be different.  I have literally left all my equipment in the studio, came back the next day and the recordings sound different.  Not that there's noise, almost like I'm using a different mic.  Its super subtle and possibly just a psychoacoustic phenomenon.

Is this just my perception of the difference in energy from the performance by the singer?  Could the singer be physiologically different?  Do any of you experience this, and what measures to you do to prevent/counteract this?


Mixing Talk / Re: Backing vocals with the same singer
« on: September 18, 2011, 08:48:29 PM »
If I'm tracking the song, I'll have the singer step back about 3 ft, and track the backing vocals like that. Or have them step off axis to one side or the other.

I had never thought to do this!  Thats a great idea because automatically based on their proximity the timbre of their voice will differ.  I'm going to try this on my current recording.


Mixing Talk / Backing vocals with the same singer
« on: September 18, 2011, 04:25:56 AM »
I'm curious to know what methods are out there for creating backing vocals with the same singer.  For example: sometimes for the chorus part I will have the "lead" vocal be the comp where they would do a solo track (deviating from the basic melody) and I will take one of the basic chorus comps, put a high hpf on it and add some distortion.  

This works for the most part but I typically have to do a lot of level automation because I run into intelligibility issues.  Thoughts, suggestions, ideas.........


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