posted on May, 1 2012 @ 07:05 PM
reply to post by hoonsince89
I know it isn't easy going over previous work as the desire to create something new is a great motivator. If you have heard your creation too many
times you strain to hear it for what it is so using someone else's tune as a map can help. Failing that put it away for a month or two and you will
be more objective towards it. I would love to be hypnotised to forget it so when i hear my tune for the thousand time i think it's the first time
The thing is.... everyone else has an opinion and unless everyone shares the same opinion regarding your tune, you are best to take these opinions
with a pinch of salt. When you are shopping a tune around the labels you will find one A&R man will tell you the opposite to the other so you come to
realise they don't always know what they are talking about, except they don't like it. Therefore you just keep doing what you do and eventually you
will get it right, even if in your opinion it''s not your best work.
In my experience of hiring session vocalists it can be hit or miss, even though a singer can be brilliant they might not suit your music, the key
it's in or that particular song. When you rightly match these two variables you will know and it's a good idea to take full advantage and replicate
the recipe as much as you can. In this respect i can see why bands stay together for long periods of time using the same formula time and time
Recording vocals requires great patience especially if you are the creative one because most of your time is spent nurturing another persons
creation.....personally it bores the cr*p out of me. I have found there is a method to this madness but it does require alot of tracks. I,ve known one
tune to take a whole week of vocals whilst recording harmonies and what not. Some singers can be over fussy to the point of ridiculous so play it by
ear excuse the pun.
It's very important to get a flawless lead vocal recorded first that you can use to track the other vocals to. Once this has been achieved there are
no limits to the amount of unisons you can record and add but they all must be tight or it will sound like a kids choir. Here and there you can
digitally do some chopping and moving around without ruining the feel or vibe to tighten things up.
A slight detune in the unisons can contribute to thickening the vocals and making them sound bigger. Normally a few different tones work well i.e. a
softer sung vocal and a harder sung vocal. Another octave can work in the chorus or simply a bit of reverb on a few of those unisons and hamonies. It
doesn't hurt to pan these vocals ever so slightly as broadening the stereo field can also make the vocals sound bigger. As for e.q., compression and
oral excitiing there's no rules as long as you don't over do it unless you want an unnatural sound.
I wish you the best for your next session oh by the way my friend is very enthusiastic about soundcloud.com .....i,m stil to check it out but
apparenty people share ideas, riffs and vocals. You might meet the perfect vocalist for you on there mate.