The Best Ways to Fit Vocals in a Mix

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Vocals need to fit into an audio mix, but they shouldn't be overpowering. Learn about the best ways to fit vocals in a mix with help from a DJ and event planner in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Winston Widdes, DJ Evolved, and I'm broadcasting from Level 3 Records Studios in San Diego, California for eHow.com and today we're going to talk about how to best fit vocals in a mix. So let's say that we've already got our vocal sample as you can see right here and it sounds just like this, pretty straightforward. Now what we're going to do, we've got on this sample a compressor so we're going to put a little bit of compressor to add some warmth to it so you can hear how that sounds and I'm going to, the compressor is going to give it a little warmer, fuller sound and I'm going to turn the attack down just a little bit. Now the second thing I have here is the EQ and for this it's really going to depend, the EQ is going to depend on where we want it to sit in the mix. If we want it to sit in the front so it's up front in front of everything else like you hear in a lot of pop music, a lot of commercial music or if you want to sit it back a little bit further and so we've got this audio track right here that we're going to be mixing it into and we're going to take our vocal sample and just by using a little bit of EQ, if I cut out the low, I can put it a little bit further back in the mix. It's going to give it a little bit more of a hollow sound. If I bring that bass back up and give a little bump to the mids, it's going to bring it up to the front, as you can hear right there, so that pulls up the front and that gives us a little more vocals in your face. So if it's a lead vocal you'll definitely want to bring up the middle a little bit, maybe even a little bit of the highs as we can hear right here. Now I'm going to bring, whereas if I bring that down just a little bit, it sinks right back into the mix. So if I would want to do some background vocals I would probably bring those down a little bit. So once again I'm Winston Widdes, DJ Evolved, I'm broadcasting from Level 3 Records Studios in San Diego, California for eHow.com and we've just talked about the best way to fit vocals in a mix.

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