How to Equalize Vocals

How to Equalize Vocals

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Do you feel stressed? Then consider listening to some music. Music is cure to stress and depression. But can you imagine listening to a song with an unbalanced vocal. That will sound irritating. The lyrics might be cool but the unbalanced vocal might just stress you more. Any song should have equalized vocals for it to be considered a nice song. It’s therefore very imperative to learn how to equalize vocals before you can purpose to sing publicly or to be a professional singer. In order to equalize you vocals, consider the following three options:

  1. Get the correct microphone

Vocal equalization begins immediately you are on the stage. There are many varying types of microphones. Frequency variations in microphones are determined by the type of microphone model. Some models tend to increase specific ranges of frequencies where as others decrease the ranges or cause no effect. This variation implies that the audio quality produced by the microphones will differ. Singing similar vocals across these microphones will give varying tonal sounds. To equalize the vocals of different microphones, let all the singers test all the microphones with the EQ setting being flat. Alternatively, the vocals of the microphones can be tested by setting the EQ to the standard noon positions on an analog board. By doing this, each singer will be able to determine the right choice of microphone that suits her singing and she will be able to produce the right natural tone of her voice.

  1. The lead vocalist should be used to check the sound

An ordinary sound check is characterized by having the gains set and EQ’ing the band. Move from the low-end gradually till you reach the high end. While doing this, the singers should be on top. For instance, you can commence by setting the drums’ gain, followed by the bass, move to the electric guitar till you get on the vocals. The proceeding step is similar, just that it involves the EQ. Adjust the EQ till you attain the EQ’ing across all the channels for purposes of blending. In doing these, maintain the sound of the lead vocalists in your mind. The idea behind this is that as you are EQ’ing the instruments, you will be keenly carving space for the lead vocalist to fit in the mix. Once you reach the lead vocalist, you will be having a spot for the other vocalists to fit in the mix.

  1. Boost where necessary

Boost helps to add some air to the voice of a singer. However, be keen to check on the cymbals. This is to the fact that the vocal microphone might pick many sounds even if the gain is at optimum level. Apply a boost in the range of 6 kHz and be watchful not to bring any element of sibilance. Maintain the general mixing rule of boosting wide and the cut to be narrow. To cut is to get rid of what is not pleasing. Boosting involve broader range of frequency.

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