Vocal Editing -- Additional Resources
On this page I’ve collected together some additional resources to support my recent Sound On Sound magazine article about vocal comping and editing.
(To download all WAV examples at once: 6MB ZIP)
Editing In Silences: Here’s a section of a vocal take WAV/MP3play_arrow which has a little audio glitch during the word “be”. By putting edit points in the silences before the stop-consonants of the words “be” and “queen”, I can seamlessly replace the words “be your” from an alternate take WAV/MP3play_arrow to fix the problem.
Editing In Noise: Here’s another section of a vocal take WAV/MP3play_arrow where I’ve decided to replace the final word “slave” from an alternate take. This can be easily be done by putting the edit point in to the pseudo-random noisy signal of the word’s “s” consonant WAV/MP3play_arrow and applying a tiny 2ms equal-power crossfade.
Masked Edits: Here’s a ridiculously bad vocal-comping edit WAV/MP3play_arrow, but notice how it’s not at all problematic within the mix context, because it’s masked by a heavy drum beat WAV/MP3play_arrow.
Matched-waveform Editing: In this example, you can hear a section of a vocal comp in progress WAV/MP3play_arrow with a clunky mid-note edit between two different takes. At the moment the edit has no crossfade at all, and the waveform mismatch across the editing boundary therefore produces a healthy click. By dragging one of the audio regions so that waveform repetitions are maintained across the edit point, you can dramatically reduce the click WAV/MP3play_arrow and a short equal-power crossfade (lasting just a couple of waveform cycles) will then smooth the end result even further WAV/MP3play_arrow.
MULTITRACKS FOR PRACTICE PURPOSES
The following multitrack projects in my 'Mixing Secrets' Free Multitrack Download Library include multiple lead-vocal takes you can use for practicing your comping skills:
- The Sunshine Garcia Band: ‘For I Am The Moon’
- Arise: ‘Run Run Run’
- The Long Wait: ‘Lookout Mountain’
- Wesley Morgan: ‘Backroom In Tulsa’
- Practical Tracking & Comping Case Study: If you’d like more tips on lead-vocal tracking and comping, then check out my Session Notes December 2014.
VOCAL-PRODUCTION VIDEO TUTORIALS
If you’d like to check my fully-scripted recording and mixing video tutorials, including plenty about vocal production, then head over to my Cambridge-MT Patreon page, where I’m dropping new videos every week, as well as my regular mixing podcasts and weekly blog posts. Recently posted vocal-production videos include:
- FREE! The 4-step vocal balancing workflow
- Using side-chain EQ for heavily-compressed vocals
- The three roles of lead-vocal automation
- How I record podcast and video voiceovers
- My all-time favourite vocal effect
- FREE! Recording A Solo Singer With Piano Accompanist
- Correcting vocal wind blasts
- Muting for vocal interaction
- Recording A Choir In The Studio
- Counteracting vocal proximity-effect variability