But then again that strikes me as negating the proximity effect, so I suppose it also depends on the singer's exact physical relationship to the microphone. Did you know that kids learn how to balance their body on a bike much faster if they never use training wheels? You can feed the singer's phones directly from the monitor mixer's own headphone output or use the mixer to drive a separate headphone amplifier. There are many vocal plates and vocal studio presets to try, but my advice would be also to try out some of the less likely-sounding presets such as the woods and forests, as some of these sound stunning on vocals. Blue Monkey wrote: I'm not trying to say that a preset will be perfect for what you are trying to achieve but I don't think they should be discredited as a possible learning tool for someone who has very little knowledge of how to produce music. I don't even think they're good starting points. If you can't get this setting down to 128 or less without problems, then it's probably best to switch Software Monitoring off right and use direct hardware monitoring.
If you're using a version of Logic that only offers these, and you don't have any third-party alternatives, then the best option is to use a mid-price hardware reverb unit and feed it from one of Logic 's aux sends via a spare output on your soundcard. We all need a little space now and then and I find myself needing even more often. Plus, studying presets can help you understand some of the combination of effects that can be used to create the sound you want. Here is how the Noise Gate plug-in might typically be set up for vocal processing. There are lots of these to choose from these days, and most will give good results if used carefully, even the relatively cheap ones.
With a firm understanding of how the tools work, you can apply them with the finesse of a seasoned pro. Loopmasters do not have nor do they claim any association with or endorsement by these brands. Until very recently, the majority of native-powered software reverbs have been, frankly, rather disappointing. I mean there are about a dozen vocal patches that come with Logic and you could just try them and see which ones you like or don't like, any of them would work just as well for rap or any other genre. Software Version: Logic Pro 10. As with any effect, it is all about the context you use it in and not over doing it.
I believe that to learn, you have to isolate an element and learn that. I've tried Logic 's own noise-reduction plug-in, but found it rather disappointing, and though an Expander will work just as well as a gate in this application, there's no real advantage under normal conditions. I think the question you have to ask before any processing on vocals is How you want your vocals to sound and how it will fit in the mix. It is fine for demos, and it suits some instruments, but it's not a classy vocal reverb by any stretch of the imagination. I worry that you can't tweak the presets enough for it to be useful, since it seems that you're not allowed access individual effects. I'll definitely download a demo and give it a trial run.
David Nahmani wrote: You can use Space Designer for your reverbs, and it's less urgent to learn how to precisely tweak Space Designer, for that one you can just browse the different rooms until you find one that suits the sound you're going for. Read about the compressor, practice, experiment, listen. Once in place, you can use the crossfade tool to avoid glitching if you've cut in the middle of a phrase, but most times it's best simply to arrange the edit punch in and out points in the pauses between phrases. Logic Pro X is absolutely loaded with powerful tools and effects, but the best suite of audio tools is only helpful if you understand how to use them. The next plugin I want you to try is. That leaves the Threshold control, the setting of which depends on the level and dynamics of the vocal recording.
This will limit the high-frequency response of the reverberation to 10kHz, but that will be of little concern in most projects. Preview Song ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Learn more about it Download the Mixing Project Free Who's Behind The Mic!? It works great on all styles of rappers and, best of all, they will want that sound every time! Once you've gated the vocal track to clean it up, you can then compress it by inserting Logic 's compressor in the next available insert slot. These five plugins are easy to use, add character, and you should be using them in your mixes. You want both of these sources to be panned in both left and right speakers. Whereas the synthetic reverbs in Logic sound grainy and don't really gel with the original sound, Space Designer behaves just like a high-end studio reverb, becoming part of the sound itself rather than seeming to be layered on.
Basically, I'm saying that presets can be a learning tool if you choose to make them so. So a preset, where you may have 6 plug-ins in a row, is just about the worst way to learn to hear what you're doing. Seems like a bit of a contradiction. For conventional pop music, the impulse responses based on other hardware reverbs rather than on real spaces often work best, as that's what we're used to hearing. It lets you control the dynamics and the character of all the vocals which contributes to the overall harmony and balance of your mix.
If you feel you must compress while recording, then at least make sure that you under-compress slightly rather than over-compress, as you can always add a bit more compression when you come to mix. Just the sorts of things to get people into bad habits. For the same reasons, I strongly believe that if Logic came without crutches a. First, when you open a compressor, you can start dialing in the parameters and you could end up with all sorts of different sound including all the existing presets in the world. Finally, provide the singer with a comfortable headphone mix, and don't record in the same room as your computer setup unless you really have to, otherwise you'll probably pick up some fan and drive noise.