Equalizing Backing Vocals

The Music Telegraph | Text 2020/03/03 [12:58]

Equalizing Backing Vocals

The Music Telegraph| 입력 : 2020/03/03 [12:58]

 

Figure 1: Parameter set up for Backing Vocal track EQ (Pro Tools 1-band EQ III plug-in)

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Equalizing Backing Vocals

 

Can you tell how many voices are singing in the backup group? Well, there are more than that.  You will have to do some work here to make all those voices heard or at least felt in the mix. We are talking about the tonal quality of the voices so you will need to reach for an equalizer. Here is how to EQ backing vocals in general:

 

1) Add a 1-band EQ to the Backing Vocal track.

(In this article, I am dealing with 1-band EQ III in Pro Tools. See the Figure 1 above.)

 

2) Hit Play button and adjust the EQ while listening.

 

3) Set the EQ as shown in Figure 1.

(There is a high frequency shelving boost at 6 kHz to get the individual voices to stand out a little better. By the way, 6 kHz is in the sibilance range, remember? | Type: High Shelf, Gain: 9.0 dB, Freq: 6.0 kHz, Q: 0.70)

 

4) Audition the EQ versus the non-EQ by using Bypass.

 

5) Try listening in Solo as well as to the entire mix from time to time.

 

6) Get a good rough mix with what you have done so far.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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