Thank you, I'm using FL Studio 20 and I'm trying to compensate for a lack of acoustic treatment on a demo track for a female artist in my community (However, I doubt she'd approve if I were to share it yet). It's really just a learning experience for me but, I hope it could become something bigger (she also told me she wanted to take me on tour ) So far, the vocals coming on good. I did some Desessing, EQing,noise reduction, compression(Fruity Limiter and Fruity Compressor), removed breathiness (unless where it sounds really nice) and double tracking techniques.I also used the Transient Processor to take out the natural yet unwanted reverb that existed in her house and it worked (despite not being designed for that when it comes to vocals). Everything seems to be going smoothly but, something is missing. I really wish I could share her vocals to one of my beats right now but, I'd have to run the idea by her first and that would take some time. Nevertheless, this should give everyone an idea of how much I already know about vocal mixing. Is there anything else I could do the up the quality? Should I do what I'm already doing but, better? (Man, I wish I could share the demo song with you now; I'm also still working on it).Im happy to help, can you be more specific about what you are trying to do and what DAW you are using so we know what stock plugins you have available?
yea I would NOT do that with a limiter on the master, with herself as a side chain. I don't know that doing that makes sense actually. In theory her vocals could trigger herself kinda. These days I refuse to use a limit on the master and it may be more natural to just automate your volume on her track to get it to sit right.
A few things in regards to the compressor. In the case of vocals my signal path is usually compressor THEN eq as an pre compressor EQ can trigger the compressor when you don't want it to. What's your compressor ratio? Compression in general is pretty misunderstood and while I have done hundreds of mixes over the years with tons of compression, these days I really try to go easy on it. It can make a track dead pretty darn quick if you use it wrong. This is an interesting article on the topic https://www.soundonsound.com/techniques/inside-track-jack-white
Also I am a HUGE believer in LCR mixing. It really helps me carve out the mix how I want it. See this video