What's currently on your Vocal Chain?

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  1. coldwatrr

    coldwatrr Member

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    Hey guys,
    I am curious which plugins or even hardware do you currently run on your vocal chain?

    For me it is:

    80Hz highpass filter on Mic

    Antares AutoTune Artist

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    Eiosis EQ
    Waves De-Esser
    TR5 Black 76
    TR5 Black 76
    TR5 White 2A
    u-he Satin

    with effect sends:
    Altiverb
    Valhalla Delay

    sometimes I would also bring in other effects, like any sort of Distortion, Waves Doubler, Guitar Rig 5 or Effect Rack by Soundtoys
     
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  3. MYCbeats

    MYCbeats Platinum Record

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    or -> ART Voice Channel (w/ Mullard Tube swap) -> Presonus 192 -> Studio One
    Shure SM7b -> Fethead


    This is what I'd go with when vocals need the full sh'bang. ** are bare minimum

    Melodyne (ARA)
    Fabfilter Pro-DS (wide band)**
    Mixtool (trim plugin, I use to automate)
    Fat Channel with stock eq and 1176 emulation**
    Fat Channel LA2A
    Fabfilter Pro-Q 3**
    Softube Tubetech MK2 EQs
    Antares Autotune

    All vocals then go to a bus with:
    Kazrog True Iron
    Fabfilter Pro-DS (split band)
    Softube Tape**
    Oeksound Soothe 2

    Sends:
    Valhalla Vintageverb**
    Soundtoys little Plate
    Soundtoys echoboy jr
    Valhalla Delay

    I've also been experimenting with a vocal crush buss for when a song has dozens of tracks of vocals.

    Fabfilter Pro-DS**
    Fat channel gate and EQ**
    Fat Channel 1176 or Soundtoys Deviloc deluxe**
    Waves Aphex Aural exciter

    When I go with the crush buss approach I ease up the compression on the tracks to just mild leveling out.
    I find the crush buss helps the vocals mix themselves. When a 4 layer harmony comes in, the lead ducks out a little so you don't end up with a massive spike in loudness.
     
  4. starkid84

    starkid84 Kapellmeister

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    Hardware, it depends on the vocalist and song, but here are a few that yield excellent results, meaning less time spent during the mix:

    Sony C800G -> Neve 1073 (w/ eq) -> LA-3A or Golden Age Comp 3A
    Sony C800G -> Neve 1081 -> LA-3A
    Sony C800G -> Avalon M5/Ad2022 -> compressor of choice
    Sony C800G -> SSL Super Analog channel (aka SSL 9000K) -> LA-3A
    Sony C800G -> Avedis MA5
    Neumann U67 -> Seventh Circle C84 (or other clean preamp)-> 1176 -> Speck ASC-T EQ
    Neumann U67 -> SSL Super Analog Channel -> LA-3A
    AKG C12/251 type mic + any of the above.

    On the cheaper side, but still excellent:

    Sterling Audio ST79 or ST89 -> Rane MS1b
    Apex 460 or any variant of same circuit -> into any clean Preamp
    Rode K2 -> A designs Pacifica

    As Far as plugin ins, it REALLY depends. Every song is different, so my approach varies according to what the song needs. But here are a few that get used all the time:

    Renaissance Eq aka Req(oldie but goodie)
    Renaissance Vox aka RVox
    Maxx bass/RenBass
    Waves De-esser
    CLA-3A
    DMG Compassion
    DMG Equilibrium
    Fab Filter - ProQ3
    Fab Filter - Pro DS
    Fab Filter Pro-L2
    Lexicon Verbs
    Valhalla stuff
    Autotune
    Melodyne
    Acustica Aqua plugs
    FuzeLabs/Blackrooster stuff
    and honestly a ton more...
     
  5. bluerover

    bluerover Audiosexual

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    Right now, tracking vox :

    Gefell UMT 70S (omni & card) ---> Daking MIC PRE ONE ---> A/D
     
  6. sir jack spratsky

    sir jack spratsky Producer

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    73 pre 2 x cla 2a comp
     
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