Jan 22, 2010

Vocal RiderWhen mixing, compression is often not enough to get the levels of the main vocals even throughout the song, as different takes and/or sections of the tune sometimes can have radically different volumes. “Riding” the volume of the vocals when recording (i.e. turning the preamp’s gain up and down during the take in the softer/quiter section) is one of the two ways used by engineer to improve this, the second one being using volume automation at the mixing stage. Waves‘ new plug in Vocal Rider does this job automatically – either while recording or at the mixing stage. All you need to do is set the target range of the vocal level in relation to the rest of the mix. Then, Vocal Rider compensates for all deviations from the target, intelligently raising or lowering the vocal volume, instantly. And unlike everyday compression, Vocal Rider adds absolutely no additional coloring to the track. More info about Vocal Rider here.

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