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Old 01-05-2011, 10:08 AM
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Default Vocal Chains

Hey guys. can some of you help me out. i need to know what are some good vocal chains to help me get clean clear vocals within the pro tools plugins such as comp, reverb, desser, eq. thanks. the more you guys can give me the better, that way i can try them out.
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Old 01-05-2011, 11:27 AM
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Good sounding vocals start with a good mic, a good preamp, and a good room.
From there, there's not a lot of work to do.
Some compression, possibly some EQ.
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Old 01-05-2011, 12:41 PM
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I bought smack (compressor) and tl space on evilbay for cheap. They improved my vocal chain alot. I use the digidesign generic eq. i heard the Sony oxford eq is the bomb if you can afford it. Uad cards have excellent plugins also.


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Old 01-05-2011, 12:45 PM
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Best to keep the talent on a short leash.....
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Old 01-05-2011, 01:40 PM
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ok let me make my self clear on this. First i do compression on my vocals then vocal deesser, then vocal expander, then eq and finish it off with reverb.
is there a different or better way of arranging these in a different order with different plugins or are these fine to work with. suggestions please on good pro tools plugins and order of arranging them. thanks you guys. well i use the perception 220 from AKG and its just connected to my mbox 2. got a reflection filter and room is acoustically treated.
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ok let me make my self clear on this. First i do compression on my vocals then vocal deesser, then vocal expander, then eq and finish it off with reverb.
is there a different or better way of arranging these in a different order with different plugins or are these fine to work with. suggestions please on good pro tools plugins and order of arranging them. thanks you guys. well i use the perception 220 from AKG and its just connected to my mbox 2. got a reflection filter and room is acoustically treated.
It's really up to personal preference and the task/sound source at hand that dictates the order of plugins. I often use eq, and then a compressor. If de-essing is needed I'll place it before the compressor. Sometimes I use a subtractive eq, a slow compressor, an additive eq and finally a fast compressor. I pretty much always use reverb on vocal tracks, but the reverbs are instantiated on auxes.

I say train your ears, and learn how it "should" sound. Presets and others suggestions will only get you so far. You have to learn how to recognize what the problem is with a sound or a mix, and then how to best fix it. Took me years to realize this.
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I'm a reverb whore.
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Good for you. Wet is the new loud.
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Good for you. Wet is the new loud.
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