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How to get a "CB" sound on a microphone

I'm recording a track and the singer wants to get a real dirty sound on the vocals, like a static-y CB radio almost. I've seen some live acts get a decent sound by talking / singing through a toy ...
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What are the pros/cons of hiring backup vocalists as opposed to just having the lead singer record their own?

It seems rare to have the lead singer record/overdub their own backup vocals in professional settings, but does the quality actually suffer, and does anyone know of any side-by-side comparison?
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Recording live guitars and vocals

I am going to record a live show (two acoustic guitars and a voice, small appartment, little to no spectators) and was wondering if my setup for recording this would be good for this. I have a zoom H5,...
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Vocal recording sounds like two voices. Can it be removed?

A vocal recording I made for a gaming let's play somehow sounds like 2 voices are going at the same time. It sounds robotic and extremely annoying, and I don't know how it happened, since my ...
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How to consistently increase or decrease the volume of a chosen harmonic frequency

For the following instrument, I need to change the volume of one harmonic, where its frequency is not static. Please see the image for example. If I wanted to give Number 3 a +6dB boost, I could not ...
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What vocal effects/reverb effects does far caspian use on their album between days? [duplicate]

Found this band far caspian on an indie Reddit forum and I fell in love with their unique sounding vocals, specifically the very wide reverb sounding stacked vocals that seem to bring a very airy and ...
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How do people find just raw audio from a song? [duplicate]

I have found a lot of youtube videos and the like that have just the raw vocals from a song (sometimes called the acapella version). The quality often sounds like it has these remnants so it sounds ...
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How do I remove the vocals/bass/drums from a stereo mix?

I have a track I wish to hear without the vocals/bass/drums. How do I do that? This is an attempt to make a new canonical QA based on current technology & ignores 'old-style' manual phase reverse ...
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Why are studio condenser microphones typically oriented pointing upwards rather than towards the subject's mouth?

Why are microphones used for recording vocals in a studio typically oriented pointing orthogonal to the speaker's mouth, such that the subject is effectively speaking into the side of the mic? I.e. ...
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Vocal Microphone: How critical is published frequency range?

I'm looking to acquire a vocal microphone for a bass singer who can hit a reliable F1 (about 44 Hz). Points where the singer reaches down to this F1 would be some of the highlights of a performance. ...
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Logic Pro X: How to avoid loosing comp selections after new vocal take/recording?

In Logic Pro X when I record multiple takes and choose my comp selections. After already choosing the selections I want to come back and record another take, but then I lose my previous comp ...
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Can't hear my vocals

I unplugged my mic from the Mbox 2 temporarily and when I plugged it back in I was unable to hear my vocals. I know they are recording because I can see the track but it is silent when i play it back....
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Is there a name for this vocal effect? If so, what is it and how can I apply it?

Sorry if this is a silly question, but I heard this vocal effect in a song (linked here: YouTube Example) and I know I've heard it before in other songs. It's kind of a like a gritty-sounding radio ...
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Audio effect that adds a natural sounding vibrato to a vocal track

I'm looking for an audio effect (on Windows) to add a natural sounding vibrato to a vocal track which has virtually no vibrato. I don't mean the singer didn't use much vibrato, I mean I have ...
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Looking for a vocal effects pedal to improve vocals

Current setup: SM58 straight into a Ibanez Troubadour TA35 via balanced input. My vocals are basically crap. Im working on improving that at the vocal end but would also like some help from a vocal ...
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Macbook Air internal mic is bad for recording vocal music. Should I use an external microphone to pick up sound from the amp? [closed]

I have a Macbook air which has a very bad internal mic to record vocal music, to be honest. I tried using an external mic of a headphone to record audio by keeping it near my Roland amp. This worked ...
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How would I recreate glitchy vocals

I'm asking to see if anyone would know how would I go about to recreate the glitchy vocals at the 56 seconds where they said "ideality"
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Microphone recording problems where vowels are buzzing at a high pitch

Can someone help me with this... I have a rode NT usb mic. It's a nice mic, but it squeaks a high pitch only on vowels. It's really frustrating because I cant EQ all it out without making the vocal ...
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How to do live vocals effectson microphone input, using LMMS?

I am using LMMS on Debian Linux, and I want to take input from a USB microphone and run it through some of the effects (delay, pitch modification, etc) in LMMS. I don't want to do this post-recording ...
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How to recognize if Auto-Tune has been used in a recording? Is it needed?

Auto-Tune is getting way too popular nowadays, as can be read in this part of Wikipedia: In 2009, Time magazine quoted an unnamed Grammy-winning recording engineer as saying, "Let's just say I'...
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Track/id detection like Shazam (Clip to short)

i found a nice melody on a German documentation. How can i find more information about the melody ? I tried to recognize it with shazam, but the problem is the part is only around 1sec long, on the ...
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how do I make my voice higher without becoming a chipmunk?

So I'm working on making power metal. My voice is relatively deeper than i'd like. Using the basic tools in Audacity tends to make my voice not even squeaky, but more like a chipmunk. I need to ...
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How to make low-tech microphone sound effects?

I'm an amateur singer, and I work with my band on some original songs. I'm looking for a way to add some vocal "effects" to some portions of our songs. Naturally, if we ever record our songs ...
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Can instrument effects pedals be used for (live) vocals? Either at mic level or line level?

I just saw Rosetta last night, and noticed that the vocalist uses some kind of all-in-one effects pedal. I don't know whether or not it was specifically made for vocals though. I would like to have ...
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My question is about adding vocals to a loop station with only 2 inputs

I'm a performer/entertainer & wish to loop my vocals occasionally but at the same time use my looper to capture my guitar signal & electronic drum tracks separately. My loop pedal only has 2 ...
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Removing vocals using multiple versions of the same song

I have 4 tracks that are exactly the same, except that each one has vocals in a different language. I know how to remove center-panned vocals, but is there any way to remove them that takes advantage ...
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Remove vocals by combining multiple sources of the same background music? (cancel out differences)

Let's assume the same background music is used at different places in the same video and also in different videos (e.g. documentary series). AudaCity has a vocal removal plugin that works well ...
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Clean up Lecture recordings

I recorded some lectures with my smartphone mic and I was wondering is someone knows a good guide or has tips for cleaning up speech (not vocals in a song) with audacity. The lecture is recorded via ...
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How To Remove the Vocals from a Song? Basic methods won't work

I have an old song. I need to remove the vocals and get only the music from it. I used Audacity (Effects > Vocal Remover). After applying, there's no sound! I used Audition (the Center Channel ...
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How can autotuners be smooth?

It seems like a lot of autotuners have some jaggedness in them, but what's more ideal is something like that glados voice from portal for characters. After preliminary autotuning, how can a voice be ...
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Tips for Blending Voice with Hang Drum (or other instrument with similar frequencies)?

I have a track thats 95% female vocal and hang drum and I'm struggling to make them sound full without competing. They seem to both shine in the 1-5k range. What are my options for making them full ...
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Removing Vocals: Logic Pro X

I am trying to remove vocals from some songs in Logic Pro X. However I have not yet been very successful. If someone could help me it would be fantastic. If you cannot remove vocals using Logic Pro ...
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How to achieve stereo width on choruses?

There’s a certain stereo width effect usually put on vocals. It’s usually used on Choruses, I’ve noticed. The effect is a signal that sounds like its coming out of the left and right speakers ...
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Can't remove vocal from a specific song

I tried a lot of way to remove the vocal from this song with audacity, but without any good results... I'm very new to this and perhaps not doing it right, but I think it may be the case of the song ...
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At home deconstructable vocal booth in apartment [duplicate]

Moving in to a new apartment next month and looking at building a vocal booth so the neighbours don't hate me. I'm quite loud (focusing more on screams than singing), so the goal of the booth is to ...
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Pitch shift vocals without sounding sqeaky (Logic Pro X)

What's the best method for pitch shifting a vocal track up a 3-5 semitones without sounding too much squeakier than the original? I'm using Logic Pro X
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Audacity: How can I blend my vocals within the music?

I've been using Audacity for a few weeks but I can't figure out how to blend my vocals within the music. My voice is hard to hear when the music is playing, even when adjusting the volumes. Sometimes ...
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Name three most effective vocal effects used for this metal song

-Here is the song. In a live version of this live vocals you can hear the voice sounds much simpler. What effects have been used to change the vocals in the song? Name three highly effective vocal ...
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What approach can I use to replicate the sound texture of the vocals in this song?

I am trying to record some vocals for a song right now, and am trying to replicate the texture that the vocals in a certain song have. The song is called "Not Myself" by Sister Grotto (https://...
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Would this voice mimicking idea work?

Let's say you have a recording of someone's voice and the recording has the entire person's vocal range (from lowest note to highest). Then you record your own voice saying the same thing as the ...
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How to achieve the strange vocal effect on this track?

Here's a link to Jai Wolf- Indian Summer How is this vocal effect achieved? I'm relatively new to production so go easy on me. Not looking for anything exact, just ...
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Removing pop sounds and heavy breathing from male voice

We have a male actor who tends to breathe heavily and enunciates his p's quite distinctively. What could we do to reduce or completely remove the pop-like sounds during a live performance? Any eq ...
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How to blend vocals into music using Adobe Audition

Ever since I've started editing my vocals/music, I've used Adobe Audition. Something that I've never fully understood, was to properly mix the vocals so that it blends in with the music (so the music ...
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live sound engineering with many vocals

How do you mix vocals on a live show with so many microphones on stage? For example, some groups could easily have as much as 14 microphones on the stage with various lead singers along the entire ...
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Extracting human vocals from really damaged audio?

My friend received an audio clip from a family member he is concerned about, but the clip is very low quality. He asked me to help clean it up, but I only have a little experience with digital audio. ...
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How to produce this vocal effect?

How do you create the vocal effect done in this video at 2:19 , the "urban" part?
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Vocal Disguise Effect

Any suggestions on how to achieve an "Anonymous Vocal Disguise" Effect? Along the lines of: "Ransom Phone Calls" or "Anonymous TV Interviewee". I haven't started to experiment yet, seems to be a bit ...
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Do you have any suggestions on recording vocals/guitar using 2 mics?

i write simple songs with just an acoustic guitar and me singing. I have this cheap large-diaphragm microphone and i am ready to buy this mid-range small diaphragm microphone to record the guitar. ...
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Songify the speech

I am trying to create a song like this video. I use both ableton & FL studio. I don't really worry for the music part. But for the speech, how can I achieve it? ...
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What are the advantages of a condenser mic for recording vocals?

Or it's better to buy a dynamic microphone? I heard that condenser mics is too sensitive and there will be a lot of noises on the record. Is that statement true?