Vocal Mixing: How To Add FX To Your Vocals

So we previously covered How To EQ Harsh Vocals and How to Compress Your Vocals . In this third instalment, we’ll look at How To Add FX To Your Vocals.

In any song that incorporates voice, the vocals take front and center. The words and sounds of the vocalist bind together the other components of the musical landscape. Every voice is distinctive, with a separate note and a dynamic ranges, and in a recording, context needs a vast array of ways to vocal editing and changes.

The possibilities for vocal effects are vast. They include reverb, delay, choir, distortion, EQ, pitch shift, and echo.


Picking the perfect reverb for the project might be challenging; that’s why we will just go for the stock Ableton one This easy to use plugin lets you achieve the reverb sound you are looking for without requiring a degree in reverb science.

The secret to a nice reverb sound is the use of EQ, decay time and pre-delay.. By adjusting these 3 factors, we should start to make a reverb that fits well around our vocal, leaving crispness but gaining 3D space.

By EQ’ing the input and the reverb’s output, we can prevent those unpleasant reverb spikes from occurring, making the singing sound unnatural and amateur.



Spring Reverb

This third reverb is utilized for providing more character and depth. Many of the classic records we know and love employed a mixture of plates & springs so we’ll do the same. Ableton’s convolution spring incorporates recordings of genuine old spring units, offering the ideal instrument for generating those distinctive, vintage tones.

An important component of making your reverb to suit is the usage of EQ. I feel EQ is one of the most important tools for learning how to apply FX to vocals.



EQ Your Delay Returns

This is without question one of the most crucial things to try when adding reverb and FX to vocals. By ensuring we mix utilizing aux sends (buses) for our reverb and delay FX we can quickly add a filter or delay after the reverb.

The low frequencies in a reverb may take up headroom and space and the high frequencies might jump out, seeming artificial. Often dubbed the Abbey Road reverb technique, this EQ change make guarantee your vocals are far more present and clear.

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