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help recording vocals part ii - tips & tricks

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happy new year, wonderful people of ocr! hope your 2015 is starting off well

so, thanks to your help, i've finally acquired some equipment--a lil blue bluebird and a scarlett 2i2. i installed reaper and, despite not knowing what the hell i was doing, managed to set up the mic and test it. success!

so, i know i should definitely read/watch some reaper tutorials because it looks pretty complex. but just for vocals, what are some things i should be doing? would love to start collabing with some peeps here!

one thing i noticed: i bought a pop filter from auphonix which had some sexy reviews. i haven't tested it much, but it didn't seem to be making much of a difference. could it be defective, am i using it wrong, etc? does it not reduce "s" sounds?

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Well, something it does affect is when you have strong transients in your singing (i.e. from aspirated or bilabial plosives), like if you say "POW!" (P) or "BAM!" (B), or simply beatbox, it reduces the spike in the audio you'd get if you didn't have a pop filter. Sibilances (S) are something a "de-esser" was made for, but mainly, you'll just have to try to be more aware of how loud your s sounds are. It helps to be able to see and understand waveforms if you don't easily notice the loudness issues. Something like the smexoscope VST/AU lets you view them in your DAW.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop_filter

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De-essing

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http://audiogeekzine.com/2011/04/vocal-processing-and-mixing-tips/

It's case-by-case, but this is about as general as it gets, I think. In addition to this, I would suggest the de-essing I mentioned earlier if you hear sibilances, and possibly a little, tiny, slight automation down in the volume on those sibilances (you might not do this too often, but I've done it quite a bit in the last week).

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