Vocal Mixing with Reverb & Delay
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Vocal Mixing with Reverb & Delay

Learn how to send your vocal signal to side-chain effects and reverb
3.9 (4 ratings)
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Created by David Hughes
Last updated 6/2017
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What Will I Learn?
  • Set up a group for the vocal tracks
  • Easily recall the group to optimize workflow
  • Add aux sends with ease and proper labels
  • Mix reverb into vocal tracks
  • Adjust reverb levels to blend into the mix
  • Explore the A/B feature of WAVES plugins
  • Customize delay effects
  • Build a vocal mix with layers of delay and reverb
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  • Basic understanding of audio production
  • Familiar with Pro Tools software
  • Basic Understanding of Reverb

Setting up a reverb chain and getting the right levels are very important for a mix. This video course covers how to apply reverb into the audio signal and have control over the parameters of the reverb signal to blend into the mix. I will go over how to group your vocal tracks and the setup screen recalls for easy access to visually seeing and editing your vocal tracks. This process can be applied to any effect or side-chain processing that you want to add to your vocal signal. This process can also be applied to any part of the mix. With this course you will learn advanced techniques in Pro Tools software that will give you the ability to speed up your workflow and have more control over the sound and balance of your mix. 

Who is the target audience?
  • Engineers and Composers getting started in the Pro Tools DAW
  • This course will help speed up mixing workflow and help separate the main vocal from the reverb effects.
  • This is an intermediate course for audio engineers and music producers looking to improve their session setup and reverb workflow.
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Curriculum For This Course
19 Lectures
Review of Reverb & Course info
1 Lecture 06:55

Welcome to the course. Get ready to learn about mixing reverb and delay into your vocal tracks!

Preview 06:55
Setting Up Pro Tools to mix vocals with reverb
6 Lectures 17:26

This is the introduction to the mixing vocals with reverb course. Here you'll be introduced to the instructor and the music composition that will be used in this course. We'll start by grouping the vocal tracks and setting up the screen to recall the vocal group for an easier and faster way to make adjustments to our vocals and vocal effects. 

Preview 02:52

Now we can setup the auxiliary sends that will be our destination for the various reverb plugins to be used in the session. This video will cover how to easily setup a new aux send and apply proper labeling to the I/O for the audio routing within the Pro Tools software. 

Setting up the Reverb Bus

The Waves Rverb is an excellent reverb plugin that is quite affordable. I'm showing you just some basic features of the plugin to get you going on the right path. There are many adjustable parameters within this plugin that allow you to shape the reverb level to fit your mix. It is always a good idea to speak with the musicians to find out what amount of reverb they prefer before you get too deep in mixing. 

Working with the WAVES RVERB plugin

Using the A/B feature on the WAVES plugins is a great way to compare different styles of reverb in your mix. Many software manufactures offer a compare feature and this is just one way. The concept is the same for all plugins. Use the compare feature to gain a perspective of how different settings will impact the vocals in the mix. It's best to listen in the mix and not solo the effects. 

Using the A/B feature to compare reverb settings

Having options is always a good thing. Setting up multiple reverb channels will allow you to A/B different settings and even blend them together to create the perfect space in your mix. 

Adding a 2nd reverb to blend and compare

Sometimes your track just needs a little extra bump to get it to be more present in the mix. This short reverb technique has been my go-to for many years and has always provided just the right amount of presence in the mix. It's not very complicated and can be done quickly with any stock reverb plugin. The results are subtle, but they do make a difference when the mix is finished. Check it out and let me know if you have any questions about this technique. 

The Short Reverb Technique

A review of the concepts around reverb

Reverb Reveiw
2 questions
Automation techniques for vocal delay
7 Lectures 31:43

Having your system set up for quick and easy workflow can make your mixing process faster and more productive. This short video just covers one way to setup your default aux outputs so you can route them all to a single output. This makes mixing a whole lot easier. 

Setting up the I/O to map your output bus

Practice makes permanent, so in this video we cover some of the topics that were discussed in earlier videos. This time we set up a delay bus for adding some effects to the main vocals.  This lecture goes into more depth with the WAVES H-DELAY plugin. 

Setting the Delay Bus

Setting the session tempo can greatly improve your MIDI and effects with timing and rhythm. This lecture will teach you how to manually configure your tempo to fit the music. After this lecture, you will have a solid grasp for setting the tempo within a session and getting your effects to move in time with the recorded tracks. 

Configuring the BPM with Tap Tempo

Adding multiple layers of effects can give you the perfect amount of processing on your tracks. This lecture goes over adding a 2nd delay into the mix and finding the balance and blend for the effects. The WAVES SuperTap-2 is the main focus of this lecture. 

Adding a 2nd delay to blend and compare

The SoundToys EchoBoy is one of the most popular delay plugins on the market. In this lecture we will look at adding 16th notes to the main vocal to give it more character and depth in the mix. 

Exploring the 16th note delay to give vocals more character

There will be times when the tempo and the effect don't give you the desired result. So this lecture goes over setting up the WAVES H-DELAY on a manual setup. We'll look at creating a custom delay setting to get the timing just right for our vocal effect to make the impact that is just right for the mix. 

Manually setting the tempo for a custom delay

The Oxford Reverb is arguably the only reverb plugin you will ever need. The versatility and features it offers are a mixing engineer's dream come true. In this lecture, we will cover setting up the plugin to give the chorus more character and separate it from the verse vocals. We'll go over some automation techniques and explore a few of the main features of this mammoth plugin. 

Preview 08:03

Some fundamentals of delay you should really understand before starting any mix. 

Delay Reveiw
2 questions
Setting the mood with your effects
5 Lectures 27:19

In this lecture, I'll show you some key differences in the decay and pre-delay of the Dverb plugin. This will help you hear how you can shape the ambiance of your reverb and get a more precise feel to the mood of the song. 

Using Dverb to get the right amount of decay in your reverb

Using reverb alone may not be the best option for the mood of the music. Sometimes you need to add an EQ to the reverb send to help shape it and fit it into the feel of the track. Here I show you how to use the stock Pro Tools EQ to filter out the highs and lows of the reverb and cut out a bit of the nasal sound. This gives a more 'ghostly' feel to the reverb that can really make a big impact on the perceived sound. 

Using EQ to shape your reverb and give it more character

When the hiss of the vocals gets a little wild in the reverb, it is a good idea to tame those rouge "S" sounds to keep your mix on track. This is just one quick technique to add a stock Pro Tools Desser to the signal chain and help crack the whip on those wild "S" sounds in the vocal mix.

Applying a Desser to the reverb to control rouge sibilance

If the mood of the track calls for a vintage sound, harmonic distortion is a great way to achieve the sound you need. I'm big on side-chain effects in my mixes, so here I show you how I use the SansAmp PSA-1 stock plugin to give the vocals a little more grit. 

Adding some harmonic distortion to the vocals for a vintage vibe

Adding some harmonies to your main vocal is much easier than you thought. A simple trick with a pitch shifting plugin can really work wonders for your mix. In this lecture you will learn how to duplicate your main vocal track and then turn it in to stereo harmony tracks. This will make your vocals thicker and rise up to the front of the mix. If you start using this technique, I'd love to hear some of your mixes. Please contact me if you have questions about this technique. 

Making Vocals Thicker
About the Instructor
David Hughes
3.9 Average rating
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16 Students
2 Courses
Professional Audio Engineer & Music Producer

At Shine On Studio, we like to work a little differently than the traditional idea
behind a recording studio. Our engineers are engaged in your project to inspire and fuel the creative process. The focus of the studio is to produce quality recordings that will last the test of time and be cherished by all the generations to follow. We're invested in your music and we consider ourselves a member of the band. 

Audio production is a creative and musical process that I pour my heart into with every project. I use the recorded audio to sculpt and shape the sound into a unique experience for the listener. Our skills are vital to your sound and we want to be just as proud of the production as you do.