Wednesday, August 19, 2015

More notes to self on treating vocals

Steps to follow:

Remove background noise using gate

  • e.g.: threshold: -17dB, reduction: -100dB, attack: 5ms, hold: 30ms, release: 60ms, hysteresis: -3dB, lookahead: 0, high cut: 20kHz, low cut: 20Hz

Corrective Equalization

see "Remove Rumble" and "Sweep Sound" part of previous post

Normalize gain to -3dB

De-esser (some say it should come after compression)

  • e.g.: detection frequency: 9800Hz, sensitivity: 26%
  • e.g.: suppressor: 9300Hz, strength: -9dB


  • e.g.: attack: 2ms, knee: 1, threshold: -22dB RMS, gain: 8dB, limiter threshold: -0.5dB

Equalization and Enhancing

see "Give Glitter" part of previous post. 

Note: to make sure that all similar vocals are treated similarly, route them through a common bus and apply the effects on the bus.

Add reverb and delay

use send/return configuration for all time based effects

Last minute fix-ups

Autotune + see "Special fx" part of previous post

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