As promised, here is the video to go with the digital mini-book, EQ MAN Issue #1 “How To EQ a Lead Vocal”
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In this video…
I show the vocal I recorded specifically for this issue of EQ MAN – so keep your “EQ MAN – How To EQ a Lead Vocal” open as you watch the video below.
I used a simple, inexpensive, no bells and whistles dynamic mic (the Shure SM58) to emphasize the Home Recording Blueprint point that you don’t need expensive tools to make a good record.
In the video, I give you a heads-up when you are about to hear actual audio from the recording session.
I feature John Legend’s “ALL OF ME” because I wanted to show an actual melodic song so the EQ adjustments could be heard more clearly and… because John Legend is cool.
Do You Add Other Effects Like Reverb? How Much?
Remember that things like reverb are going to be dictated by the type of song and the mood you want to set. So, sometimes you’ll use very little or choose a very “small room” reverb setting – and other times, you will try a more expansive, dreamy setting.
As it happens, for this song, I used 2 different reverb settings for this single lead vocal. Why?
Because the verses are intimate and sort of cheeky/humorous – so I used a rather “close” or “small room” setting. Just enough to get rid of the typically weird, absolutely dry studio sound.
But for the chorus, I used a dreamy “large hall” reverb setting because the mood is so different there. How did I get 2 different settings on a single vocal performance?
I simply created a “new track” in Garageband and copied and pasted all the verse vocals to the new track (and then deleted the verses off the original track, of course).
So, now I was able to have separate tracks for the vocals in the verse and the vocals in the chorus. The EQ on both tracks was set the same, but each vocal was able to have its own unique reverb setting.
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LoUdThUd recording artist/producer
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