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Old 10-06-2018, 12:18 PM
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What the voice of White Light has is extreme distortion. The telephone voice on Humility for example is a filter followed by compression to the point it is distorted, then slap back delay and some stereo widening, that's why it sounds breathy but that doesn't mean it was intentionally recorded that way, they probably used a dynamic mic like a sm7b or a sm58.

Breathy vocals are extremely difficult to mix for me, however a lot of compression on a rather normal voice can bring all the breath from the background. What I think you can't find it the exact cut points of the filters, start by using the HPF of EQ3 at 24db/oct and cut all the lows until it sounds good to you, then use the LPF and cut the highs until it sounds like Gorillaz, then compress to accentuate the respiration and add distortion.

If you have access to Lindell Audio 6X-500 preamp watch this video and apply that to your vocal track:
https://youtu.be/aBv1in9g4G0
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What the voice of White Light has is extreme distortion. The telephone voice on Humility for example is a filter followed by compression to the point it is distorted, then slap back delay and some stereo widening, that's why it sounds breathy but that doesn't mean it was intentionally recorded that way, they probably used a dynamic mic like a sm7b or a sm58.
I wouldn't be surprised if they used a Green Bullet harmonica mic or one of those little front address mics made with a copper shell.
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Old 10-06-2018, 01:38 PM
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I wouldn't be surprised if they used a Green Bullet harmonica mic or one of those little front address mics made with a copper shell.
Could be, less low and highs to cut. Anything but that King's Microphones!
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Anything but that King's Microphones!
Oh don't get me started. That plugin was april fools' joke, right?
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I actually assumed it was a plugin to simulate the sound of someone talking on the radio circa 1943> as in dialog, not singing. But I didn't actually do any research on it as it didn't seem useful to me.
As for the OP's issue I would probably avoid compression and move toward an expander and/or transient shaper to get the vocal as solid as possible before mangling it to sound band limited, etc.
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Yea, and to the OP, please keep using only the stock Avid plugins for now... so every one of us who you ask for help will have the same tools available
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If you have access to Lindell Audio 6X-500 preamp watch this video and apply that to your vocal track:
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Nice video - well done

To the op - if they are too muffly even after applying the telephone effect....then I would cut some mud before the tele effect- (subtractive eq)
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Something else the vocals in the Gorillaz tune sounds like is singing into a megaphone. Said it before and I'll say it again - McDSP Futzbox would be aces for this.

Sad part of this thread is, if the op is being straight about what he's posted, is that while we're all giving good advice he doesn't seem to understand even the fundamentals of audio & recording. Yet we've posted where he can find help but he still seems like he's wandering in the desert.
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Nice video - well done

To the op - if they are too muffly even after applying the telephone effect....then I would cut some mud before the tele effect- (subtractive eq)
Thank you Daniel! that's very kind of you.
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Thank you Daniel! that's very kind of you.
I've seen a few of your tutorial vids and they are always concise, to the point and explain things clearly enough anyone can follow. Not to mention the audio quality is top-notch.

Have you thought about doing stuff for Groove 3
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