VOCALS SERIES PART VI: PRODUCING MY VOCALS – DELAY AND REVERB PLUGINS + PANNING AND EQ BOOST.
September 26, 2020 § Leave a comment
On Captain of none, which was heavily influenced by Jamaican music from the 70s, I wanted tape delay and spring reverb for the viola and my vocals, and since I didn’t have access to the real thing, I went on a search for the plugins that would get closest to what I wanted. I highly recommend Overloud’s Springage reverb, which is fully customizable in more ways than you can imagine, and can really transform sounds in powerful ways (also recommend their Mark Studio II for bass lines, which is what I used for the treble viola’s bass sounds produced through my OctaBass octaver pedal).
For delays, the Interruptor’s delay plugins blew my mind (donation ware, Windows only), particularly the Bionic Delay which is all over Captain of none.
I applied both plugins on each doubletracked vocal track, with one track being less effected than the other, and as I often do, panned the vocal tracks (typically do 25%/25%, sometimes more).
I also systematically gently push the high frequencies and reduce low frequencies with the Sony Track EQ that comes built within my DAW, Acid, so that the vocals sit on top of the mix more easily, without having to increase their volume.
Back tomorrow with the answer to the question that started this series: what is the delay on my vocals in “Winter dawn”? 😊
Video by Naoko Tanaka. Album released on Thrill Jockey Records, 2015.