Today’s post is in the form of a quiz.

Please answer YES or NO to all of the following questions.

  1. Do your vocals sometimes sound like they’re sitting on top of the mix?
  2. Do you have a hard time identifying key vocal frequencies when you’re EQ’ing the lead vocal?
  3. Are you confused by de-essing and afraid of what it might do to your high-mids?
  4. Is it hard for you to ONLY use subtractive EQ when you’re mixing vocals because you always want to boost the high mids?
  5. Do you struggle with separating the main vocal from the rhythm guitar?
  6. Are you scared of over-processing your vocals with effects and distortion?
  7. Do you add too much reverb to your vocals in the heat of the mixing moment and they end up sounding washed out on other systems?
  8. Do you end up with an over-compressed vocals because you’re too lazy to do 5 minutes of automation?
  9. Do you struggle with finding the right frequencies to bring out the character of your vocalist?
  10. Do you wish you had some extra tricks to really bring out the power of your main vocals?

If you answered YES to most of these questions I might have something for you.

It’s called Mixing Vocals and it’s by David Glenn, a professional mixing engineer from Florida. He’s worked with a wide variety of artists and I’ve been really enjoying his articles on mixing and production over at The Pro Audio Files.

His Mixing Vocals series has over 5 hours of in-depth video training on getting the best vocal sound for your mix.

He’ll help you deal with the problems you found in the quiz above, such as:

  • Teach you how to identify problem frequencies to make the vocal sit better in the mix.
  • Show you how to clean up a vocal.
  • Help you with your subtractive EQ mind-blocks.
  • Using compression and parallel compression to make a vocal powerful but dynamic. He’ll even show you how to use the mastering engineer’s tool of choice, the multi-band compressor to mix vocals.
  • Of course, no vocal tutorial is complete without showing you effective ways to use effects such as reverb, delay, distortion and modulation.

Free Vocal Recording Bonus

If you really want to take your vocals to the next level it all starts in the recording phase. So to help you with that I’ll be giving away my free Killer Articles on Recording Vocals report to everyone who buys through my link:

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  • Recording tips for a successful voice-over session
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