In-Depth #4

Over the past 2 weeks, I’ve accomplished quite a bit for my project. I finished recording the first song, and I’m currently working on the editing. This puts me a bit behind schedule, but I’m confident that I’ll be able to catch up quickly.

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At my mentor meeting, our main topic of discussion was enhancing vocal/instrumental audio tracks through EQ and reverb. I’ve always struggled with making the vocals sound good, and these new techniques have proved themselves to be beneficial.

#4: In the past, I’ve usually used improper amounts of reverb: too much, or not at all. However, after talking with my mentor, I agreed that “without reverb, a recording can sound dead [since] every room has a bit of reverb naturally”. While discussing reverb, I asked for clarification regarding the amount of reverb appropriate in this style of recording. I eventually found a healthy medium to use.

We also discussed EQ (equalizer) during our meeting. EQ essentially modifies the sound waves of recordings in order to make the audio sound darker, brighter, sharper, etc. This tool is especially helpful when it comes to blending harmonies and making vocals sound less distant. One thing I struggled with while using this feature was finding a good amount to use, as too much editing can cause static or feedback.

#5: A reoccurring theme during our meetings has been finding a “mood” for a recording and sticking to it. Reverb and EQ can both be adjusted based on the mood you want to portray in your recording. At this meeting, we discussed how recordings are sometimes designed in a way that gives the impression of live music being performed in front of you. Of course, it’s challenging to depict this effectively, but I feel that this concept can help me in the future.

#6: Although I had previously considered it in passing, I’d never put much thought into the sharpness of the vocals. This can make all the difference in the mood of your recording. A sharper sound can make the vocalist sound nearer to you as if you’re in the same room, where a more muted sound could make it sound as if the vocalist is performing in the next room. Editing the EQ can affect the sharpness of the sound, thus influencing the overall mood of the recording heavily.

Right now, I’m just finishing up my first recording and preparing to record the second one. I look forward to my next post!

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