Ask Joe #73 – Let’s Talk About Vocals

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Questions covered this week:

  • Do you actually “mix” on your “crap” speaker, or if you just use it to pick out problems and then go back and mix on your main monitors?
  • I have a home studio setup with three pairs of studio monitors, what is the best way to set up pairs of studio monitors?
  • When the singer hits some notes on my well EQ’d vocal,there are some frequencies that jump up and are annoying. Any way to get rid of those?
  • As a singer, what do you recommend to get better at singing in tune (live + recording) for someone with minor pitch issues?
  • How much silence (if any) do you leave at the very start and very end of a completed mastered song?

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Ask Joe #70 – Does Sample Rate Matter?

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Questions covered this week:

  • Is there an advantage to recording at higher sample rates?
  • Why would I EQ my reverb plugin?
  • How do you fit vocals in a mix?
  • Does using the makeup gain on a compressor cause unnecessary clipping?
  • Do you use AutoTune for client projects?

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Ask Joe #48 – Gun-to-My-Head Vocal Tip

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Questions covered this week:

  • Is clipping in your DAW always bad?
  • What’s your #1 gun-pointed-at-your-head vocal recording tip?
  • What is peak vs RMS compression?
  • How do you record demos for clients?
  • Best way to use parallel compression?

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Ask Joe #44 – Big Studio vs Small Studio [Podcast]

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Questions covered this week:

  • When I compare my music to what I hear on the radio, the music on the radio sounds better. What do the big studios have that I don’t have?
  • What interesting effects do you use on vocals?
  • How do I record my guitar and the direct signal at the same time?
  • How do I deal with loud S’s in my vocals?
  • How do I compress the vocals to keep them at a consistent volume?

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My “Secret Weapon” for Full Mixes

Here’s some advice you may not want to hear.

You may nod your head in agreement as you read it, but when it comes to working in the studio, it may be obvious that you’re not completely on board.

(And I’m no exception. I have to constantly remind myself as well.)

Ready? Here it is:

The key to a full mix lies in the RECORDING phase, not in the MIXING phase.

Let me flesh that out a bit. (more…)