Get Your Vocalist Off SlimFast
The easy way to get a full vocal sound
Hear that big wide vocal sound and say, "Hey, how do I do that with my one vocal track? Don't I just pan it straight away center?"
You can give the vocalist their dire need to hear more of themselves (and give your mix a boost) by utilizing a vocal spread. This is particularly effective in choruses to give extra contrast following an intimate verse.
Here's the quickest, easiest way to do this:
- Copy your mono vocal track onto another mono track.
- Pan one track hard left the other hard right.
- Delay one side by 10-25 ms or so. This gives the middle some breathing room for additional elements for a wider pallet.
To really fill your stereo image with vocals:
- Keep the original center-panned track.
- Add a stereo delay on the track, and differ the delay on the two sides by say, 10-20 ms.
- You can even throw a little pitch differential between the two sides in addition to the usual vocal effects (compression, reverb, etc.), to create that modern sound without the clutter sometimes associated with doubling.
Justin Matley is an award winning engineer at Sound Lounge, New York's top commercial post production studio, and has extensive clientele in commercials, films, and music. Justin also is a composer, and his piece 'Loom Textures for Percussion Piano and Voice' has received critical acclaim.