It’s something that we’re looking for most of the time in our productions – a nice, fat vocal. But how do the pros get that huge sound while still having it sit nicely in the mix? Thankfully, SoundOnSound.com has given us a few tips!
My favorite tip is this:
“Try small amounts of ‘good’ distortion by using a valve sound plug-in or a tape-simulation plug-in. You could even use a real tape machine to run the vocal sound through and then slip the resulting track back to compensate for the tape delay.” – soundonsound.com
Adding some distortion to a doubled track can also be a great way to add some nice texture to a vocal, and depending on the type of distortion you use, you can get a wide range of effects. A brittle, high gain distortion can add an “edge” to a vocal. A nice, full, low-gain tube distortion can add warmth to a vocal.
What are your favorite ways to fatten up a vocal?