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  Finding the Right Plugins For anything that contains spoken words or dialogue, you only ever need three plug-ins. You’ll need a parametric EQ like Logic’s channel EQ, an optical compressor like the Native Instruments VC-2A, and Waves Vocal Rider. The most controversial of the bunch is probably the Waves Vocal Rider since it doesn’t have decades of use in the audio profession the way compressors and parametric EQs have. ...
Gifts for Audio Enthusiasts As the holiday season approaches, we thought to make a list of gifts for audio professional and enthusiasts alike. There’s no worse feeling than receiving gifts from well-intentioned friends and family members, only to have the gift returned or go unused. Non-professionals rarely know what to get, nor should they. It takes years of trial and error to figure out what works and what doesn’t.  Unfortunately,...
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In Vocal Recording Basics Part 2, we discussed the use of specific techniques to make the most of audio recording a home or project studio. Those techniques go the furthest in creating a clean sounding recording – using the right tools takes everything a step further. Few distinguishing characteristics of microphones matter aside from its frequency response. Frequency response describes how a microphone (or another device) picks up sounds across...
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As mentioned in Vocal Recording Basics Part 1, recording technique is more valuable than equipment. The primary tenet of a good, clean-sounding recording comes from a high signal-to-noise ratio. Signal-to-noise is the difference between the desired recorded material (e.g., your voice) to the noise level (electrical noise, room echo, environmental noise, etc.). The less noise in the recording, the better. You can measure and define the signal-to-noise ratio in decibels,...
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The right techniques will generate far better results than any piece of equipment. Many articles, blogs, and YouTube videos have conflicting views on how to best do vocal recording, but could be due to mismatching expectations. Recording for a world-class singer is different from recording vocal overdubs for a youtube video, creating a podcast, or narrating an audiobook. Purists may advocate for using high-end equipment and recording practices in every instance, but...
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