How to Automatically Double Vocals

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Automatically doubling vocals is a great way to make your song sound more powerful. Find out how to automatically double vocals 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 here from Level 3 Records Studios in San Diego, California for eHow.com, and today we're going to be talking about how to automatically double vocals. If you don't have the luxury of recording two takes for whatever reason, another way you can do that is take your audio sample such as we have right here and what I'm going to do is simply duplicate this track which you can do in pretty much any digital audio workstation and now I have two of the exact same samples on two different tracks. So I've doubled the vocals but if I just play these together like this it, you can't even really tell that there's two there, so it's not really accomplishing anything. So what we want to do is we're going to use what's called pitch modulation. So we're going to go in here and detune one of these by just two or three cents and that's going to give us a little bit of distortion, not distortion but it's going to change the pitch just enough to give us a slightly fuller sound and add some new tones in there and it sounds a little bit like this. Now that was a little too much because it sounds almost like a phaser at that point. So you do want to get in there and try this for your specific samples and listen to the effects and let's try it again with just two cents, still a little bit there. So what we can do is go back to our first sample and tune that down just one cent and then listen to what we got going on there. So again that's giving us a little bit of a phase which if you're going for an effect like that it can be really cool. Another way to do it if you want to do something a little more dramatic is to actually transpose that second vocal. So, I'm going to use a major third which is four steps and let's listen how that sounds. It's going to give us a slightly fuller sound. I'm actually going to bring this second channel down in volume a little bit just so it's a little more background and it sounds a little something like this. Alright so that, it sounds, you know, if that's the kind of effect you're going for you can definitely do that but that's actually two different ways to automatically double your vocals. So once again, I'm Winston Widdes, DJ Evolved, broadcasting from Level 3 Records Studios here in California for eHow.com and we've just finished talking about how to automatically double your vocals.

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