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Old 2012-09-08, 06:51
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Vocal distortion

hey guys, ive posted a similar thread before but this is a slightly different problem lol,
just to give you the info of what im working with. im in a duo hip hop group. already have a producer (i'll be taking to producing our own beats through reason next lol).. SO. currently working on doing our first self recoded song. just importing the beat aka instrumental and recording our vocals, i seem to be getting the hang of it quite nicely, Balance makes things very easy and my vocal mixing don't seem that bad surprisingly lol

RIGHT! anyway. yes the problem. my verse/vocals that we've recorded, there pretty much fine thanks to the Clip Safe feature of balance..BUT there's a couple words that.. i wouldn't say shout as such.. but i defiantly raise my voice lol, and it distorts..not like ARRGH!..but enough to make me think.."i need to sort that out"

so other then generally using the mixer and putting the vocals through a separate compressor on the rack (obviously being new i could be using the compressor completely wrong lol)...what can you guys suggest? even if its just linking me to a helpful tutorial video..

any advise is greatly appreciated
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Old 2012-09-08, 11:06
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Have you tried neptune? Not sure if it will help with distortion tbh but worth a try!
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Old 2012-09-08, 12:03
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Have you tried neptune? Not sure if it will help with distortion tbh but worth a try!
What's the neptune going to change? Other than correcting any pitch issues?
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Old 2012-09-08, 15:48
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Compression isn't gonna get you all the way. You need level automation to even out before compressing. You can even do that manually by isolating the louder parts in your vocal and lowering the level of them. Especially with rap you want an even level thruout and don't do this with your eyes but with your ears as "bigger" waveforms don't always mean a higher perceived level. If the waveform doesn't clip your distortion is occuring somewhere else. Also leave the mastering chain to "off" when doing any recording and cut out the frequency's for your vocal in the instrumental. Just my 2c
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Old 2012-09-08, 17:38
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Compression isn't gonna get you all the way. You need level automation to even out before compressing. You can even do that manually by isolating the louder parts in your vocal and lowering the level of them. Especially with rap you want an even level thruout and don't do this with your eyes but with your ears as "bigger" waveforms don't always mean a higher perceived level. If the waveform doesn't clip your distortion is occuring somewhere else. Also leave the mastering chain to "off" when doing any recording and cut out the frequency's for your vocal in the instrumental. Just my 2c

You can even do that manually by isolating the louder parts in your vocal and lowering the level of them

^^ is that basically like de S'ing? but obv trying to isolate the parts that are louder and distort as opposed to the S's and Ts?
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Old 2012-09-08, 17:39
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No, de-essing is a technique to lower the levels of your S syllables by sidechaining these frequency's to a compressor, which with many people can get too loud. Levelling out has more to do with the general dynamics of your vocals including keeping screamed words in bounds
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Old 2012-09-08, 23:20
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I did mention i was probably wrong!! What the fook do I know!?
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Old 2012-09-08, 23:23
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Lol, nothing wrong with giving advice and adding to a topic dude
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Old 2012-09-09, 00:35
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Agreed! Cheers mate! ;-)
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Have you tried neptune? Not sure if it will help with distortion tbh but worth a try!

i havent no.. but i'll give it a go
 

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