2009-07-22 05:48:53 UTC
them into stereo tracks.
So far what I've tried
-Cloning the track, hitting the phase button on one of them and
panning hard L & R. This creates a distinct stereo field. Won't work
if you go to mono - i.e. they cancel each other out but that isn't a
consideration in this case.
-Cloning the track, pitch shifting one of them a few cents and panning
L & R. Creates a stereo field. Alternately, using a related technique,
playing the horn lines several times or simulating this by creating
clones of the track and creating small variations in pitch with an
envelope, and panning some of the clones L & R. It works but I find
this can create phasiness.
-Using a spatializer like the Clone Ensemble VST plugin. The problem I
find is it imparts a hollow, "tubby" character to the track.
What's the typical way this is done?
In this particular case I'm adding horns and support vocals to an
existing CD track. I want to leave as much space as possible in the
middle of the stereo field to avoid stepping on the vocal. To boost
the vocal to compensate for db's added by the extra tracks I'm using a
vocal isolator to create a track that's mostly vocal to add to the
original CD track.
Here's an example of some of the horns, vocals by themselves after
being treated with eq, compression and reverb, and a segment of the
whole thing put together. The harmony vocals are really more "support"
vocals than backing vocals, in that they're not necessarily there to
harmonize with the lead as much as be another layer in the sonic
Any suggestions as to what might be done to improve the overall mix?
I'd like to do whatever possible to make the vocals and horns as clear
as possible in their own right. I feel like I've already got the added
parts eq'd pretty bright.
Thanks for all input.