Mixing Vocals ➟ How to Enhance a Vocal with Slap Delay

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Mixing Vocals ➟ How to Enhance a Vocal with Slap Delay

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is going to be extremely valuable to you.

I’ve edited about a ten minute section here
using vocal slap delay.

So I’m going to just kind of lead you into
that.

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Alright, time to take a look at vocals.

Even more specifically, we have a hip-hop
vocal in front of us for the first section

here.

I don’t typically use a lot of delay or reverb
on a hip-hop vocal.

A lot of the modern stuff tends to be dry
and in your face, and this is no exception

here, and actually, I can’t remember if I
used much of a slap delay on this one.

I may have, but I’m going to give you a listen
of what this sounds like dry, and then we’re

going to go through a couple of the different
slaps that I’ll use, and then we’re going

to switch gears and then look at a female
vocalist, and take a look at – a little

more in depth at some of the vocal delays
I have in my template.

Here, let’s take a listen.

[song plays]

Okay, cool.

So like I said, man, that sounds great dry.

I don’t feel like we’re missing out by not
having a slap delay, but for educational sake,

we’re going to take a look at a couple of
delays that I would use on a hip-hop artist.

At least to experiment and try.

In a lot of cases, this is going to be my
go-to as opposed to using reverb.

You can see I do have a little bit of an EMT
plate here.

Just a hint of it to kind of put him in the
space, but it’s really really light, and not

contributing much.

So let’s go ahead and look at this mono slap.

This is the first one that I’ll go to.

I just keep it nice and central.

Then we have a vocal slap that a lot of times
stays mono whenever I pull these open, but

there could be a little bit of action different
left to right.

I have plug-ins in here like the ATR102 from
UAD, EchoBoy, Cooper Time Cube…

All of those are great.

Those, honestly, would be my go-to, and actually,
even the UAD tape echo has been a favorite

of mine lately, but we’re going to go with
the stock one for now, and you’ll see I have

an EQ.

On my vocal slap EQ, I take out 1kHz.

What I’m going to do is I’m actually going
to delete that, and we’ll get to that in a

second, but the lows are gone, the highs are
gone, I just want to have a little bit of

a – and actually, quite a bit of the lows
are gone, I’m going to pull some of that back

in – and we’re just going to look at this
one setting here.

80-200 milliseconds.

Somewhere in that range tends to be a nice
spot for the vocal slap.

I’m going to solo the vocal, and we’re going
to send into it.

That’s the mono slap.

I’m going to hunt for that one.

I’ve recently adjusted my template, and it
threw all of the routing off a little bit.

So, here is the send.

I’m going to solo it.

Let’s take a listen.

This is going to be, let’s start at 80 milliseconds.

Anywhere from 80-200.

[vocals play with delay]

Okay.

So I just wanted to give you guys a quick
look soloed to give you an idea of the range

and the different vibe between them, but really,
this is best done in context to the mix, right?

We’re not going to be listening to the vocal
in solo.

So I’m going to put the mix in and kind of
experiment with this, and let’s see what we

like.

[music]

Gotta love errors.

We’ll get rid of that.

I kind of liked it when it was a little bit
later.

It’s a bit thick, it’s exaggerated right now
so that we can hear it, but I kind of liked

it when it was a little bit lazier, and a
little bit slower.

Let’s keep going down.

[song]

Okay, so for me, what I’m hearing is around
80-90, it just feels like the vocal was recorded

in a closet.

I’m not really digging that.

Part of that is going to be because it’s still
pretty stale.

The stock delay, nothing to it, maybe adding
a little bit of modulation will help.

A little bit of character.

Maybe some saturation would be cool.

But I like it feeling a little bit more like
a delay, and I got that up around the 100-105

range.

Let’s hear that.

[song]

So, that is not bothering me as much.

I think we can even go a little higher.

Then what I want to do is come back over and
showcase that 1kHz cut.

So, around 800-2kHz is a sweet spot for the
vocal.

Picked that up from Dave Pensado.

One of his videos actually showing off the
FabFilter Pro-Q. I believe it was even the

Pro-Q 1, but he takes and he looks and he
just kind of hunts around the 800 range all

the way up to 2kHz, finds the sweet spot and
what that vocalist is doing against the song,

and he boosts there, and then he cuts right
around it on his actual lead vocal.

I’ve adopted that and use it in nearly every
single mix.

You can see there, I’ve got a little bit of
a boost, and then I’m using the Hoser to boost

around 1kHz as well.

It’s about 1.3kHz on this one.

But, we’re going to do the opposite for the
slap delay.

What we’re going to try to accomplish is instead
of boosting and pulling out more of that 1-2kHz

region like we have on our lead vocal, we’re
going to pull back and boost around it to

try to wrap this delay around the lead vocal.

So, I’m going to actually cut 1kHz a pretty
healthy amount.

4, 5, 6 dB, and then I’m going to boost just
gently on the opposite sides of that and see

what we get.

I may not like this top one, but I tend to
like the slap delay to be a little warmer,

so this 300-500 seems to do well for me when
I’m messing with vocal slap delays.

So let’s check this out, before and after.

Here’s without the EQ.

[song]

With it.

[delay EQ added]

With it out.

[delay EQ out]

Did you hear there, it’s just a little bit
too much.

It’s messy.

It’s getting in the way of the lead vocal.

So, vocal slaps.

A good rule of thumb, go in and pull out a
little bit of that 1-2kHz, or a lot in this

case.

I’ve got six dB.

Don’t be afraid to push it.

I like to boost a little bit of the warmth.

I’m using the stock delay.

It has no saturation, no character, no added
anything.

So, it sounds good to my ear.

The only other thing I think, with cutting
so much top we don’t really have this issue,

but a lot of times I will instantiate a de-esser
and listen for what’s going on with the vocal

slap.

Let’s take a listen before and after de-essing.

[song plays]

Yeah, I actually like it better with the de-esser
pushing down on the upper mid-range, so this

might be counter productive having this guy
here, where we were boosting.

Probably even do with a little more of a cut.

So, just to taste.

You may like boosting the opposite of what
I just showed, but listening, EQing on the

back of your vocal slap that’s just a simple
right down the middle, and then let me show

you how I might set this up.

Whenever I pull it in to use it…

[vocal]

Mixing Vocals ➟ How to Enhance a Vocal with Slap Delay

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David Glenn walks you through setting up a vocal slap delay using stock plugins inside of Pro Tools.

Transcript excerpt:

Time to take a look at vocals. We have a hip-hop vocal in front of us for the first section here. I don’t typically use a lot of delay or reverb on a hip-hop vocal. A lot of the modern stuff tends to be dry and in your face, and this is no exception here, and actually, I can’t remember if I used much of a slap delay on this one.

I may have, but I’m going to give you a listen of what this sounds like dry, and then we’re going to go through a couple of the different slaps that I’ll use, and then we’re going to switch gears and then look at a female vocalist, and take a look at – a little more in depth at some of the vocal delays I have in my template.

[song]

That sounds great dry. I don’t feel like we’re missing out by not having a slap delay, but for educational sake, we’re going to take a look at a couple of delays that I would use on a hip-hop artist. At least to experiment and try.

In a lot of cases, this is going to be my go-to as opposed to using reverb. You can see I do have a little bit of an EMT plate here. Just a hint of it to kind of put him in the space, but it’s really really light, and not contributing much.

Let’s look at this mono slap. This is the first one that I’ll go to. I just keep it nice and central. Then we have a vocal slap that a lot of times stays mono whenever I pull these open, but there could be a little bit of action different left to right.

I have plugins in here like the ATR102 from UAD, EchoBoy, Cooper Time Cube… All of those are great. Those, honestly, would be my go-to, and actually, even the UAD tape echo has been a favorite of mine lately, but we’re going to go with the stock one for now, and you’ll see I have an EQ. On my vocal slap EQ, I take out 1kHz.

I’m actually going to delete that, and we’ll get to that in a second, but the lows are gone, the highs are gone, I just want to have a little bit of a – and actually, quite a bit of the lows are gone, I’m going to pull some of that back in – and we’re just going to look at this one setting here. 80-200 milliseconds. Somewhere in that range tends to be a nice spot for the vocal slap.

Solo the vocal, and we’re going to send into it. That’s the mono slap. I’m going to hunt for that one. I’ve recently adjusted my template, and it threw all of the routing off a little bit.

Here is the send. Solo it. Let’s take a listen. This is going to be, let’s start at 80 milliseconds. Anywhere from 80-200.

[vocals with delay]

I just wanted to give you guys a quick look soloed to give you an idea of the range and the different vibe between them, but really, this is best done in context to the mix, right? We’re not going to be listening to the vocal in solo.

I’m going to put the mix in and experiment.

[music]

What I’m hearing is around 80-90, it just feels like the vocal was recorded in a closet. I’m not really digging that. Part of that is going to be because it’s still pretty stale. The stock delay, nothing to it, maybe adding a little bit of modulation will help. A little bit of character. Maybe some saturation would be cool.

I like it feeling a little bit more like a delay, and I got that up around the 100-105 range.

Then what I want to do is come back over and showcase that 1kHz cut. So, around 800-2kHz is a sweet spot for the vocal. Picked that up from Dave Pensado.

I’ve adopted that and use it in nearly every single mix. You can see there, I’ve got a little bit of a boost, and then I’m using the Hoser to boost around 1kHz as well. It’s about 1.3kHz on this one.

We’re going to do the opposite for the slap delay. What we’re going to try to accomplish is instead of boosting and pulling out more of that 1-2kHz region like we have on our lead vocal, we’re going to pull back and boost around it to try to wrap this delay around the lead vocal. So, I’m going to actually cut 1kHz a pretty healthy amount. 4, 5, 6 dB, and then I’m going to boost just gently on the opposite sides of that and see what we get.

I may not like this top one, but I tend to like the slap delay to be a little warmer, so this 300-500 seems to do well for me when I’m messing with vocal slap delays.

[delay EQ in and out]

So, vocal slaps. A good rule of thumb, go in and pull out a little bit of that 1-2kHz, or a lot in this case. I’ve got six dB. Don’t be afraid to push it.

I like to boost a little bit of the warmth. I’m using the stock delay. It has no saturation, no character, no added anything.

[de-essing]

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