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Old 11-14-2004, 09:07 AM
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Default How can I achieve that \"breath-y\" effect on vocals

I am really interested in achieving that breath-effect on a lot of rnb hooks and rap hooks using rnb-type singers.

I read somewhere a de-esser and aural exciter (probably with an eq..etc.) on the vocal track would do it... but I have used the Wave and Digidesign de-esser plug-ins and it didnt really hit the goal.


What's should I use and how, what settings?
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Old 11-14-2004, 09:20 AM
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Default Re: How can I achieve that \"breath-y\" effect on vocals

Heavy compressor should do the effect, if I understand you right...

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Old 11-14-2004, 09:24 AM
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If the singer is still available, try recording a "whisper track." That's a track where they basically sing a new track where they whisper the vocals. This is then mixed back in with the origional. This, in my view, is the best way to go.

You could also try duplicating the track, boosting about 12 dB at around 2k, compressing it really hard, then blending that back in with the origional track. Or, if you want, skip the EQ, just compress hard, and blend it back in with the origional track.
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Old 11-14-2004, 11:01 AM
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Default Re: How can I achieve that \"breath-y\" effect on vocals

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How can I achieve that "breath-y" effect on vocals?
Start with a breath-y singer...

Beyond that, de-ess then pump 12kHz and up. It's a start at least.
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Old 11-14-2004, 06:07 PM
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Default Re: How can I achieve that \"breath-y\" effect on vocals

thanks guys. I'll try it.
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Old 11-14-2004, 06:57 PM
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Default Re: How can I achieve that \"breath-y\" effect on vocals

Having a whisper track seems like a damn good idea! I'm going to have to try that
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Old 11-14-2004, 11:54 PM
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record with sony c800 and and decent pre (avalon imo for "close up" sound)

plenty compression and distressor at mix.
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Old 11-15-2004, 09:25 AM
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Default Re: How can I achieve that \"breath-y\" effect on vocals

You looking for a reverse reverb type of effect?
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Old 11-15-2004, 10:06 AM
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i am looking for that Mariah Carey sound... no tthe one on her albums...but the on eshe is more using on the latest hip-hop hook stuff.
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Old 11-15-2004, 03:23 PM
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Default Re: How can I achieve that \"breath-y\" effect on vocals

All of the above - but the real trick is layer and layer and layer again.
It starts to appear at about 4 voices per harmony line.

Pan to taste

Compress to your wee hearts content take out a bit of mid and boost the highs.

Also you be brutal with the EQ high pass the lot - you know, it sounds like crap on it's own but like silk behind the track.

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