How to give more depth to vocals when mixing?

Asked by: Trevor Matthews

How do I add more depth to my mix?

The simplest and most effective way to create depth in a mix is with volume. In short, louder sounds appear closer, quieter sounds create a sense of distance. As an approximate guide: to double the distance of a sound, decrease its volume by 6dB.

How do you widen vocals in a mix?

And just used kind of different settings there but they're almost interchangeable. You can use the same effect on like a lead guitar to add some stereo width.

How do you add space to vocals in a mix?

To make room for vocals in a mix, you can use specialized EQ (equalizing) techniques by inserting an EQ on any element that may mask the vocal and attenuating the major vocal frequency using a bell filter. You can also use sidechaining by placing a compressor on the elements you want to move.

What level should vocals be in a mix?

Here’s how loud your vocals should be in a mix: Your vocal level should be lower than the drums, but louder than the instrumentation.

How do I add air to my mix?

3 Ways to Add “Air” to Your Mix?

  1. Air With EQ. The simplest way to add air is to just boost the highs with a high-shelf above 10 – 14 kHz, depending on how much brightness you’d like. …
  2. Air With Reverb. …
  3. Air With a Fast, EQ’d Delay. …
  4. Mostly Variations on EQ.

Why is mixing vocals so hard?

Mixing is hard because you have to train your ears to hear stuff you haven’t previously heard. It’s like learning an instrument. It takes patience and practice. And once you can hear all that stuff you still have to experiment a lot to have an opinion about it.

How do you saturate vocals?

Okay so basically the more input. I add the more signal comes into the tape machine and. So what I do after I just balanced the output. So I get the same level when i bypass the the plug-in.

How can I eq my deep voice?

This is fruity parametric eq. This is the ozone 9 eq they look a little bit different but they all essentially do the same thing to start off with this tutorial.

Should 808 be louder than vocals?

Just make it loud in the context of the mix. Especially in hip hop, kick drums like the 808 tend to be the loudest instrument in a mix. Instead of dressing up an 808 with half-a-dozen signal processors, just try making it louder than the other instruments.

What dB should my master be?

I recommend 1dB of headroom, so your master should peak at -1dBFS before you convert it to an mp3 or AAC file. The simplest way to ensure 1dB of peak headroom is to use a maximizer or mastering limiter in which you can set your output ceiling to -1dB. All good maximizers and limiters provide this function.

What does a balanced mix look like?

A balanced mix (or flat, if you prefer) usually has a full range of frequencies more or less hitting 0dB on an FFT reader. You can go -/+3dB around it, but keeping it around 0 is the best. For electronic music, it’s pretty normal to have the low end sticking out by about +3dB though.

How much headroom should I leave for mastering?

3 – 6dB

Headroom for Mastering is the amount of space (in dB) a mixing engineer will leave for a mastering engineer to properly process and alter an audio signal. Typically, leaving 3 – 6dB of headroom will be enough room for a mastering engineer to master a track.

Should snare be louder than kick?

The snare is the foundation of the backbeat, and typically one of the loudest elements in the mix. Next, bring the kick fader up until it sounds almost as loud as the snare. It should be loud enough that the low frequencies are rich and powerful, but not so loud that it masks the bottom-end of the snare drum.

Where should instruments sit in a mix?

Because of their lack of directionality, and because they contain most of the energy in a typical mix, it’s best to keep these sounds in the middle of your mix. Create a natural space in the stereo spread for each drum piece. Typically, in a rock or pop mix, the drums and bass are the first element most people address.

Should a snare be mono or stereo?

Most of the time, the main snare and claps in a mix should be mono for the same reason as the kick. Mono hits provide the most impact. However, there are a few exceptions. If you plan on stacking snare samples, you may consider putting them in stereo to provide each hit with a bit more width.