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How awesome is doubletracking?

by Kim Lajoie on December 19, 2011

It’s pretty awesome. Which is why it’s used so much. Chances are, you probably use it yourself. Doubletracking makes things sound bigger and thicker. Who wouldn’t want that? Do I need to count the ways? Guitars. Especially overdriven guitars. And distorted guitars. And overdriven distorted guitars. The more the merrier. And by ‘merrier’, I mean […]

Alternatives to reverb

by Kim Lajoie on August 14, 2009

Reverb adds two properties to sounds – diffusion and depth. While there are many ways of changing the balance between diffusion and depth, there are times when a more extreme approach is required. Reverb may not be the best solution if a sound needs a lot of diffusion but very little depth, or a lot […]

Backing Vocals

by Kim Lajoie on August 5, 2009

Recording backing vocals is a little different to recording the lead vocals. Rather than recording them forwards, then backwards, then forwards, I simply record them one section at a time – typically four or six takes for each part. I prefer a combination of syncronised harmony vocals (in time and harmony with the lead vocal) […]

Vocal doubling

by Kim Lajoie on April 30, 2009

Sometimes people talk about making a lead vocal sound thicker by “doubling” it – copying the track and applying some subtle effect to the copy (such as delay or pitch shift), and then sometimes panning the two tracks opposite each other. Personally I never use such doubling tricks – if I want to emphasise the […]