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  1. Another neat compressor trick. Either copy and paste the vocals to a new track (or send a feed of the vocals to an aux) and throw an 1176 style compressor on it. Push all the buttons in and just smash the needle. Compress it to death until it starts to get pretty hairy. Now turn the track all the way down and start playback. Slowly turn up the heavily compressed track until you start to hear it thicken up the main/original vocal line and it becomes noticable, and then back it off just a hair. Add to taste. This is an old engineers trick that works great when it works. Also great for drum submixes as well. If you have a compressor with a mix knob on it, you can do it by just using a small amount into the mix directly on the vocal track without needing to duplicate it or whatever. YMMV.
  2. Heres what would be done in most cases if you went to a professional studio to have your vocals mixed, or soke close variation. First thing after editing out the noise on the front and back ends of every take, would be to do a fader automation. This is the slow, tedious task of turning up the lower spots and turning down the louder ones to make everything more consistent. Plugs like Waves Vocal Rider make much quicker work of this, and MVP can work well coming after it. Now that your levels are smoother it wont cause the compressor to attack transients and s’s and such so hard. Now youre likely to be run into an LA-2A (either hardware or a well done emulation plug) which is a very easy compressor to work with. Just turn it up until youre shaving a couple decibles off... listen... dont work by sight. Close your eyes and listen. If shaving 12 db sounds better than shaving 3, then by all means. But thats unlikely to be the case, go easy in most cases. Next theyll often run you into a faster 1176 style compressor to catch the last of the transients and to add some more color. 1176 is a much trickier and powerful compressor than the LA—2A and you really have to pay attention to what its doing. Youre really not wanting more than 1-3 db coming off at this stage, just trying to catch the occasional peaks that might screw with your levels later on. Sometimes you can accomplish exactly what you want with some good accurate fader rides/automation, and you wont even need to compress. The LA-2A adds a nice euphonic color though so always try one even if you dont need it and its not compressing any. Same with a pultec EQ afterwards. The color it imparts is often nice even if its used in bypass, as the signal will still pass through the tube (or the tube emulation in plug ins) on the way through. Oh, try high passing the low end that you dont need out of the vocals and also de-essing prior to hitting the compressors as well. Itll help get a smoother result. Never be afraid to Experiment. You cant break anything. Good luck, and enjoy.
  3. I kind of forgot about this. Hoping to hear something cool buried in here somewhere. :)
  4. Did you just add the guitar on this one? I didn't hear it before and it caught me off guard! What are you recording in to? It sounds like you were clipping the preamp of whatever you were using, and a lot of background hiss and noise. I'd drop the levels a little as its def too hot. Good effort!
  5. Oh and the tempo should be spot on. The song kind of does what I always called a skip or a double back, where if it was, say, on a 90 min tempo, it would suddenly be landing between beats instead of on the beats. Make sense? Try a 180 and see what happens, or eight notes without an accent on the first of the bar. That'll prob lock you right in. I use eight notes a lot because of it and because I can lock much better to that. I can't track as well to four clicks per measure it makes me fluctuate.
  6. Pretty cool, George! Some odd choices you made but interesting. I did hear some timing issues, so try to keep an eye on that kind of thing. Actually I could have included the click track with the song but to me it's annoying island it would be in all of the final examples.
  7. Looks like it died. Going to go through and listen to the submissions again. Anyone else gonna jump in?
  8. Seems I'm getting hung up on some notes because of phlegm or whatever in my throat. I'll crack and can't hold so I'll clear my throat and then I can, for a minute, and then it's back. Is there anything that helps reduce or relieve that issue? I don't seem to have any excessive drainage or cold or anything.
  9. Keith I can't get yours to work, or rather, can't find it. Any better link?
  10. I've been away for a few days and bam, more submissions, and here I'm sitting at work and forgot my headphones tonight! Torture! I guess I'll listen through the iPhone speakers, which is almost as Bad as it gets for listening to music. I just can't wait til morning to check em out so I have to deal with crappy quality.
  11. Today is my birthday and I noticed an Increase in what I was able to reach earlier this week by a full step today . I think a step. Depends on what ratio Rob is actually moving up and down during the exercises. Could be two steps, which would be awesome to me. My goal in the beginning was to only get 3 steps up anyway, but with power. Goals change fast lol Happy Birthday to me!
  12. My Dr told me last time that Aleve was a better anti-inflammatory than ibuprofin and that the prescription strength was two instead of one. It worked pretty well I must say.
  13. I woke up this morning kind of feeling like I got punched in the rib last night. It didn't occur to me until my Gf mentioned it sounded like pleurisy that it does kinda seem like it could be. Here's what's weird: last time I had it, I was starting to do some vocal exercises pretty heavily that I had found on YouTube, but I had also had a pretty brutal cough to go with it. So here a few weeks in after starting over it feels like I may have it again, but without a cough. Has anyone heard of irritations to the lungs or linings caused singing? Man it would suck if I'm for some reason susecptible to something like this.
  14. When I was about 18 I had James do his signature grunt thing for me when I met and was hanging out with them. That was a highlight of my year lol