- 1 How do I make my vocals sound more mixed?
- 2 Why don’t my vocals sit in the mix?
- 3 How do you get background vocals to sit in the mix?
- 4 How loud should my vocals be in a mix?
- 5 What frequency do vocals sit?
- 6 How do you separate vocals and instrumentals?
- 7 How do you blend harmonies?
- 8 Are my vocals too loud in mix?
- 9 Should I mix vocals in mono or stereo?
- 10 What dB should my mix be before mastering?
How do I make my vocals sound more mixed?
Once you apply these ten techniques, your mixes as a whole will improve.
- Top-End Boost.
- Use a De’Esser.
- Remove Resonances.
- Control the Dynamics with Automation.
- Catch the Peaks with a Limiter.
- Use Multiband Compression.
- Enhance the Highs with Saturation.
- Use Delays Instead of Reverb.
Why don’t my vocals sit in the mix?
If the vocal isn’t sitting right, it might be because another part is too loud. Or perhaps the vocal is a touch too loud. Experiment and trust your ears.
How do you get background vocals to sit in the mix?
The Top Seven Ways for Blending Backing Vocals
- Less volume. Most of the time, the backing vocalists are supporting the lead singer.
- Roll off some of their high frequencies.
- Back off the lows.
- Separate and blend with reverb.
- Compress them.
- Actively mix them.
- Blend the vocalists together.
How loud should my vocals be in a mix?
Every vocal is different and every song is different as well. But generally speaking, lead vocal should be moderately loud or the loudest element next to your drums in your mix.
What frequency do vocals sit?
Male vocals will tend to have their fundamental frequencies between 100–300 Hz, while the fundamental frequencies of a female vocal will usually fall between 200–400 Hz.
How do you separate vocals and instrumentals?
Using an instrumental track to isolate the vocals
- Open Audacity and Import both the regular and instrumental tracks.
- Select one of the tracks and use the Time Shift tool to roughly align the two tracks.
- Zoom in really close and then zoom in more.
- Exact alignment is critical.
How do you blend harmonies?
For the best blend, work on matching your tone to one another. That means matching qualities such as brightness or deepness of sound, nasality and vibrato. Ragged phrasing is the commonest reason that back-up harmonies may sound unprofessional.
Are my vocals too loud in mix?
If you find that the vocals suddenly go from sounding too low in the mix to too loud, then you need to apply more dynamic processing. Vocals with wildly uncontrolled dynamics are a hallmark sign of an amateur mix engineer.
Should I mix vocals in mono or stereo?
If you record one vocalist, your vocals should be mono. However, if you record two vocalists or more or if you record in a room with unique acoustics, the vocals should be stereo. Moreover, recording vocals in mono makes them sound powerful, clear, and upfront.
What dB should my mix be before mastering?
I recommend mixing at -23 dB LUFS, or having your peaks be between -18dB and -3dB. This will allow the mastering engineer the opportunity to process your song, without having to resort to turning it down.