How to Mix Southern Rock, Country Background Vocals

In this video, I go over my process and show you how to mix background vocals to spice up your mix. This is one way as there are many ways to achieve great background vocals assuming you are starting with a good source, to begin with. The song I’m working on is called “River” which I co-wrote with the singer.

0:00 Intro
0:28 Quick Listen of Chorus on Track
1:02 Listening to the BGV’s in Solo with and without processing, panning and routing
2:22 Slate VMR Mix Rack processing
3:52 Giving the vocals clarity
4:22 Giving the vocals sheen – polishing the vocals
5:16 Pulling the vocals forward and gluing and adding excitement to the background vocals with the CLA2A from Waves
5:51 Using saturation on the vocals with the Sound Toys Decapitator
6:45 Adding width to the background vocals
7:38 Adding a hint of chorus on the bgv’s with the Sound Toys Microshift
8:00 Adding the vocal rider to level out any peaks
8:34 Adding Reverb using the Relab LX480
9:20 Adding delay/echo to the reverb using the H-Delay from Waves
10:48 Using the Fabfilter ProQ 3 for filtering of the reverb and delay tone
11:30 Listen in context with the mix with and without processing

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– Fergie


Vocal Mixing

In this video I show you how several small steps can create a huge vocal without being harsh or annoying to listen to. Get that vocal to sit in the mix just perfectly and not to loud where it’s separate from the mix or to low where it’s buried in the mix. Plugins used on the vocal are the Waves Schepps 73, Slate Digital VCC Vintage Console Channels, Chris Lord Alge compressor plugins CLA-3A and the IK Multimedia TRacks CSR Plate Reverb.


Mixing Vocals – Vocal Mixing

How to mix killer vocals! In this video, we go from start to finish mixing vocals. We go through eqing vocals, using compression on vocals, using reverb and delay on vocals and even automating vocals. We go over it all! Taking your vocals to the next level doesn’t have to be complicated. If you have a great singer, even inexpensive mics can sound good! Thank you so much for watching today.

– Fergie