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Tips To De-Ess Vocals by Ksenia ‘K Sound’!

Tips To De-Ess Vocals

Tips to de-ess vocals are very handy when dealing with artists who are very sibilant!

Tips to De-Ess vocals are important to mixing for professional sounding vocals.  Sibilant sounds can be very annoying when not treated.  It makes the vocals feel harsh as opposed to smooth.  It can really distract from the awesomeness of the song.  I personally like to put the de-esser plug in on an aux track that my specific group of vocals are bussed to.  Before you even put the de-esser plug in on the aux track, you need to find the frequency of the sibilant sounds that is most offensive.  Locating this frequency is the hardest part.  As with all EQing, it is easier to hear what is bad, than what is good.  Most of the sharp frequencies live around past the 4,000 Hz (4 kHz) mark.  The easiest way to locate this frequency point is by using an EQ.  Before you start using the EQ to listen for the frequency, make sure the vocals have no other plug ins on them, make sure that they are dry.  Use turn up the gain on a frequency band of your choice EQ (I personally like to use the Q series because you can have a super tight Q) and sweep the frequencies from 4 kHz to 15 kHz.  When you hear a well defined sharp “S” sound piercing into your brain that is super annoying, unpleasant… It’s very horrific actually to the ears… That’s the frequency you want to remember.  Now that you have the exact frequency, type that into your de-esser plug in.  Bring down the threshold to where the “S” sounds are smoother but not too far down where it thins out your vocals.

I hope this has been helpful!  If you have any questions please email me at ksenia@ksoundengineering.com!

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Ksenia ‘K Sound”

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Make Vocals Clear With Tips By Our Mixing Engineer, Ksenia!

Make vocals clear through EQing!

Make vocals clear through EQing!


Make vocals clear is a command that all our clients implore us to do.  It is a key ability of a well trained engineer.  In my “Love Yoursef” by Justin Bieber video, I explain the way I learned how to make vocals clear.  I use a basic EQ.  EQ is short equalizer and they affect sound by increasing or decreasing the volume of different frequency points.  In this video with my good bestest friend in the whole wide world, Tila, I used the Q series EQ made by Waves.  I usually use this EQ when I want to affect a specific frequency.  The power of the Q series EQs rests in how tight you can make their bandwidth.  You can really zero in on specific frequencies and perform precise audio surgery.

Pop music always has super clear vocals.  On this cover of “Love Yourself” we aimed for that style of vocal mixing.  For this specific song, I used the Q6 which gave me 6 frequency bands to work with.  The first band, I set it to the hi-pass filter in order to completely cut out low frequencies typically below 180Hz, but always use your ears.  Move it to where you hear a difference but the vocals aren’t thinned out.  The next frequency band to focus on is where muddiness occurs.  Often times when you put a compressor on vocals, it will add a level of muddiness.  Muddiness is the portion of vocals that is not clearly defined and the intelligibility of the words are not understandable.  This area is usually between 250 Hz-350 Hz.  I made the Q tight so I didn’t take out too much of the other frequencies surrounding the one that was the true culprit for muddiness.  After muddiness I focus on the sharpness of vocals.    Sharpness is where vowel sounds seem to pierce your ears and cause discomfort to your brain.  This sharpness typically lives around the 750 Hz to 1 kHz range.  What I do, is I boost the frequency point to hear what sounds the worst, then that’s how I know where to cut.  It’s easier for our brains and ears to perceive something that is wrong than something that is good.

I hope this is helpful to make vocals clear!

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Ksenia ‘K Sound”

708-400-9210
www.ksoundengineering.com

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Learn Pro Tools Beat Drops Used On Drake’s “Hotline Bling”

pro tools beat drops

Pro tools beat drops are frequently used in today’s pop music



Pro Tools beat drops are essential in today’s music.  If you listen to mainstream pop music. it is heavily influenced by EDM and Hip Hop.  What’s interesting about pro tools beat drops is that the main influence on its popularity has come from the EDM culture.  The DJs in EDM often use filters and did drops live.  With the EDM production becoming what pop music sounds like now, the tricks that DJs did found its way into engineering and other music genres.

As you can tell, Drake’s “Hotline Bling” is a pop song so of course it would use the similar techniques.  In this video and blog we will explore two different ways of pro tools beat drops, with one of them being more advanced than the other.  The simpler one uses a plug in that makes life easier.

My good friend Attila helped me out again and sang on this song.  Clearly we used Auto-Tune EFX 3 again because we aren’t professional singers.  Professional singers don’t need Auto-Tune, but we do, LOL!  You’ll also notice we used the same delay as explained in my other blog, Learn the Pro Tools Delay Effect from Justin Bieber’s “Sorry”.  

Pro Tools Beat Drop using EQ plug in

For this example, I used the McDSP Filterbank F202 on the instrumental track.  I activated the automation of the lo pass frequency knob.  I switch the instrumental track from “read” to “touch”.  Where the desired drop is at, I slowly cut out the high end by moving the lo pass frequency knob to the left.

Pro Tools Beat Drop using OneKnob Filter plug in

For this example, I used WAVES OneKnob Filter plug in.  I activated the automation for the OneKnob Filter.  The simplicity of this plug in is what makes it great.  The only thing that needs to be automated is the one giant knob.  When you turn the knob to the left, the plug in cuts out high frequencies.  With such a big knob to turn, doing the pro tools beat drop s makes it more precise and easier.  I highly suggest purchasing this tool, we use it a lot in Jungle AE.  It makes our life easier and saves clients money since we can do the effect way faster.

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Ksenia ‘K Sound”

708-400-9210
www.ksoundengineering.com

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