Reasons for struggling with vocal track mixdown
Vocal tracks are the key to all quality for musicians who make songs. Even if the backtrack (Oke) looks cool just by using the DAW presets, there are many worries that the vocals do not match the image.
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The reason why only vocal tracks do not match the image
The main reason why vocals aren't exactly what you imagined , even if the finish is almost as good as a professional.
(1) In the first place, the recording of a song can be said to be the ultimate live instrument.
(1) The price difference between microphones and preamplifiers is so large that it will die.
② Recording environment is too different
③ There is a difference in engineer's technique & experience value
④ I have never thought about audio restoration (sound quality correction)
The songs of major works are top-notch engineers. Experienced professional engineers use carefully selected vintage equipment and the latest plug-ins to create sounds that make the song "natural".
In most cases, there is a big difference from vocals recorded by amateurs in their own room using an MTR or DAW + inexpensive audio interface.
Classical vocal works do not have much retrofitting, but popular music works often have multiple layers of complex effects that sound natural.
The quality difference of the analog part is remarkable
The quality of analog equipment is important for recording songs and acoustic instruments. Professionals generously use condenser mics and mic preamps that cost hundreds of thousands of yen. You can use plug-ins that are equivalent to professional effects, but the reality is that recording with high-end equipment is a very difficult task for amateurs.
Recently, there are plug-ins that emulate not only mic pres but also such high-end mics.
Still, if the quality of the original material is poor, there is nothing you can do about it.
I am sometimes asked to mix by users who request mastering and restoration (noise removal and voice restoration), and I often use preamps that emulate NEVE using UAD's Unison technology. However, even if the sound is made closer to the image, if the material itself is bad, the total quality will almost always be "reasonable".
Audio restoration allows you to get more professional quality by precisely eliminating the negative elements of vocal recording. There are many factors that reduce the quality of casually recorded vocal material, such as clip noise, lip noise, rubbing noise from clothes, and blowing.
Outsource your assistant if you want to specialize in mixing and recording
RX is the 8th generation that can repair various audio and remove noise, including sound cracking. Further subdivided functions have been added. In the previous version, the vocal preparation function was enhanced, but this time we are also paying attention to the module specialized for guitar. Automatic processing for individual reduction of slides, picking noise, etc. is also possible.
The quality of music works that makes a big difference by accumulating small differences
Top professional and amateur DAWs are the same. There is no big difference except in the Protools HDX environment where a large number of plug-ins can be used at the same time. Restoration work is essential for amateurs who are not blessed with a recording environment. RX is difficult until you get used to it, but if you are making music with a focus on live sounds including vocals, let's introduce it and master how to use it.
Hybrid Sound Reform offers mastering and noise removal and repair of problematic audio material at an affordable price. In most cases where the mix of songs is regrettable, there is a tendency for many failures to create the sound of the vocal track, which is the main character.
Choosing to recreate only the vocal tracks without outsourcing the mix of all tracks may give you the perfection of a one-shot reversal. Please feel free to contact us.