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    • Thanks for the replies everyone, going to try ozzifier.
    • And I agree with Tristan. I tried Cubase once and got lost. I did record something with it, by accident. But I could not remember how to do it and this was inspite of reading an instruction manual and watching a few videos. Now, I could also be dense, maybe. But it seemed so complex, having to choose channels and busses, and whatnot. But I don't want to discourage someone else. I do know that I started on Audacity, which was awkward and had limitations and then I switched to Reaper and I am completely happy with it, including the set of plug-ins that come with it, though I did get aftermarket (and free) vsti for bass and drums.
    • I have become familiar with Reaper. As for specialty plug-ins for voice, I have not used any that were not included in the Reaper download. In fact, I had good luck with the "Ozzifier," a chorusy doubling and panning kind of plug-in that is similar to how Ozzy Osbourne's vocal is processed. So, even though I do not have a bunch of expensive 3rd party plug-ins to use or recommend, I do try to live by the credo of a number of recording engineers I have studied (as in reading their books half a dozen times or so.) If it sounds good, it is good. I have read the Reaper manual and the after market book, Reaper Power Unleashed. Point being, if you can think of something to do, it can be done, usually in more ways than one. And, with the plug-ins included in Reaper, don't get hung up on the name of a preset. For example, the compressor preset for modern rock vocals. You can use it on other instruments than just vocals. Same with reverb. And Glenn Fricker, who records and mixes mostly heavy metal, also recommends the plug-in set for Reaper, as well as a few others. In fact, he has a video called "the ten best plug-ins for mixing metal." And the Reaper set comes in at number 1. So, granted, he does not specifically mix goth rock but don't let that stop you. Side point to illustrate my next point; Glenn tried a few fancy bass guitars for a track and it was not working out. Then he picked up a Fender bass made in Mexico, dirt cheap. Couldn't possibly be of help, right? Wrong, it has the right sound and gets used on a number of recordings, regardless of what the bass guitarist usually plays. Point of this story and this post, it is not the gear, it is how you use what you have. A new expensive plug-in does not make the recording better. You make the recording better and you mix it by ear.
    • Most dynamic mics have a think shank. Such as my Sennheiser E835. All you have to do now is not cover the grill with your hand when singing. Now, I know that is difficult for some singers, but it is worth the effort to not cup the head of the mic, do not cover the grill. Unless pureed doggy doo-doo is the sound you are going for.
    • Just agreeing with G. And yeah, the only challenge, as it were, is with yourself and not to put pressure on yourself. And also, remember, go back and listen to some of your earlier sound files so that you can also hear how you have improved. Which gives the inspiration and confirmation that you will improve more. It may not always be fast or overnight, but progress does happen. Then, one day, you look back and go, wow, I had this voice? Who knew? Well, you always had the voice, you just learned how to unleash it.
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