And sorry if this has been brought up before, but I have some questions and want some general tips.
Setting up the project for mixing
I've been mixing a few of my own songs now and preparing them as best as possible for adding vox on top of it. I'm thinking I'm just gonna bounce the track and open a new project with the track as a .wav and just do the vox in that new project. I'll add that this is entirely midi-based, and all of the project is done in Massive and with samples. This is my current pros vs cons list;
+, I get to keep the exact same sound I had in the project without the vox.
+, less messy with 12-18 tracks instead of 82-88 tracks.
-, any changes I need to make in order to better facilitate the actual vox (eq synths or other parts of the track) I'm gonna have to do in a separate project.
-, ... ???
To me it seems like a no-brainer, but I'm pretty new to this.
Starting tips for mixing
I could use some tips to get me going. I've been doing instrumental mixes the past two years and I'm pretty pleased with my results and (objectively, don't point out that this is boasting) I've heard from other producers I'm at a semiokay level with that. However, I'm genuinely scared my knowledge of mixing vox will drag me way down.
I've heard advice like "use compression, de-essing, eq and reverb and you're golden", but that doesn't tell me a lot. This is what I think (haven't started yet, I have the tracks but kinda anxious to start as to not "go in blind");
I guess compression
is used for lowering the peaks and buffing the lows to ensure the vox is within an adequate dynamic range (but not so much as to destroy the actual dynamic). Probably with a slow attack to make sure the transients give it a natural punch?
The EQ and de-essing
I think touches on the same subject. I'd probably go about EQ'ing with a mindset of doing as little as possible, to make sure the vox sounds natural, but using it to reduce annoying frequencies. I'm kinda scared to start doing this, as I fear I'll grow accustomed to things that shouldn't really be there.
is the thing on vocals I've had the least luck with. I managed to get vocals EQ'ed okay before, but the reverb just plain broke it. I know very well how to make reverbs to synth leads, pads, snares, hats, cymbals etc but NO CLUE on how to approach it for vocals. In a lecture I attended the lecturer explained it with using two or three layers of reverb on the vox, one for the long tail and one for the 'room'-effect, and the third one I have forgotten.
Sorry for the wall of text and if a similar thread had existed, but I wanted to get some personalized pointers. I do my own research, but a lot of the tutorials, lectures etc I've been to have been too vague and general for my (slow^^) mind, hence the reason of posting a thread of my own here.