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Country Vocals Lessons: Secrets to Successful Recording - Part 4

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This next plug in we're
gonna that about is EQ.
EQ changes the frequencies that are heard.
It changes the volume of
the frequencies that you hear
in a spectrum of the frequency
range of whatever the audio is.
This vocal right now has no EQ on it so
this is how the voice sounded,
going just from the microphone to
the pre-amp to the compressor and
to the computer.
We're gonna start changing,
we're gonna manipulate the EQ now
a little bit so you can hear.
First I'm gonna start with really
bringing up the high end.
With the EQ right now I am just really
bringing up the high frequencies around
5,000 hertz, 10,000 hertz.
I'm boosting those a lot or
I'm raising the volume.
Here's the normal voice without it.
So you can hear that I really changed
the color of the vocal by
boosting the high end,
I made it much brighter and bitier.
So now we're going to boost the low end.
Here it is without any low end EQ.
Now I'm gonna boost the low end.
I'm gonna bring up frequencies around 152,
200, 500 hertz.
here's the vocal
with no EQ on
the low end.
And here it is with
the low end really boosted.
So here much darker.
Got really almost muffled sounding,
that's because the low frequencies are so
much louder than the high frequencies.
A couple of little tips.
Similiances like S's, T's,
[SOUND] those kind of sounds,
it also live right around the same kind
of frequency as the high hat [SOUND] and
high end percussion.
That lives right around 10 K,
10,000 hertz, 12 K.
So if you're trying to
get rid of sibilances, ike you've got
a lot of Ss that [SOUND] really stick out,
you can bring the volume
of those frequencies down,
and help to get rid of the sibliances
that you're hearing [SOUND].
Okay, so that's EQ.
You can use that to make really
radical changes in the tone or
just little subtle changes.
If you wanna just brighten the vocal
up a little bit, you'll go to EQ and
find the frequencies that you want to
raise just a little bit to get a little
bit brighter, crisper sound.
This next piece gear we're gonna look at
is a fun effect that you wouldn't use
necessarily all the time.
But it's a great effect if you're going
for something really crazy and spectacular
or it's something that you can mix into
the vocal subtly to just thicken it up.
This is called a flanger.
This is very exaggerated effect.
It's actually sweeping through
various frequencies and changing them.
Here's a soft effect called the soft
Gives it almost like a metallic sound.
Here's another version of a flanger.
Here it is naked
without the flanger
That's just the natural voice.
And I'm gonna introduced the flanger.
Get all kinds
of crazy effects
with the flanger.
That's called asteroids.
I use that one a lot.
That's a flanger.
Now we're gonna listen to a phasor.
Again, pretty specialized piece of gear,
if you're going for
a really radically wacky effect.
This is the naked voice.
And this is with the phasor.
This is similar
to what was used in
the Crimson and
Clover record back
in the 60s.
Here's another version of a phaser.
When your going for
that alien sound.
And then here's a more subtle use of it
where it's just fattening up the vocals,
just kind of thickening it up.
That's the vocal by itself with no effect.
here it is with
the phaser.
That's sweeping phaser.
So you can play around with
these different pieces of gear,
or different pieces of software to really
radically or subtly change a vocal.
And the more familiar you
are with each of these sounds and
each of these pieces of gear,
the better you'll get as a vocalist
at getting the sound that
you want in the studio.