What are some tips for processing vocals for bad singers?

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CancerRidden
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What are some tips for processing vocals for bad singers?

Post by CancerRidden » Fri Oct 23, 2020 6:15 am

What are some ways to process the vocals for someone who is bad at singing?

Notice here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kb5HdMQ ... pacherelay

Sometimes alternative rock, indie, singers are not the best at traditional singing, and the vocals are heavily processed and they sound really good and have this special sound to it.

What is that? and how do you do it?

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Re: What are some tips for processing vocals for bad singers?

Post by TLW » Fri Oct 23, 2020 8:26 pm

Without commenting on the specific track you link to, there’s lots of ways vocals get processed.

It helps massively if the singer is pretty much on pitch to start with, has a decent vocal tone and good timing and the singing is done into a good mic which matches their voice well in a good acoustic environment.

For pitch issues there’s software like Antares Autotune or Melodyne or Waves pitch correction, and other software and hardware as well. Be prepared to put some work in though as it can be a complicated job, especially if you want the results to sound anything like an actual human rather than artefact-laden. There’s a reason excessive pitch correction, added vibrato etc. is sometimes referred to as the “singing squirrel sound”.

After that there’s the “traditional” sort of vocal processing using compressors, eq, volume envelopes, gates and reverb.

It’s even possible to use a vocoder to do some vocal pitch shifting, but they usually sound robotic by design.
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Re: What are some tips for processing vocals for bad singers?

Post by jestermgee » Sat Oct 24, 2020 11:58 am

There's not really anything to note from your link as to anything magical in processing. It's layered tracks with people that can sing, just several layers panned with the main singer centred so you hear a wide vocal effect but the panned singers are different singers and lower from the main singer. Just some good mixing and basic effects probably from someone skilled in that area. Can't really say that's an example of bad singers polished to sound good, sounds like they are ok to start with.

If you start off with crap, you need a lot of sugar to hide all traces of crap and to take someone that is quite bad and make them sound less bad is a bit of a skill since too much processing as mentioned above either sounds terrible or is a deliberate attempt at an effect.

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