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fixing a boxy vocal...

Mon Mar 23, 2020 1:21 pm

am mixing a pop song for a female singer. on the verses track... the vocal has some recording issues (neumann mic notwithstanding); i didn't record this btw!.

there's a slight hum, and the overall sound is boxy. any suggestions? am playing with eq, a multiband compressor (both fabfilter plugins). it's much better, but thought to ask the brilliant people on this forum for any suggestions. i can deal with the hum, but how do i get the vocal 'out of the box'?...
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Re: fixing a boxy vocal...

Mon Mar 23, 2020 1:56 pm

Boxy usually means "prominent delay/early reflections of a smaller than small room (aka telephone booth. oops - how many folks around here still know these ? )". Not much you can do. The ear/brain is supersensitive in resolving this kind of clue. If anything, you can try to tame the room modes (resonances) that come with a tiny chamber. These go as low as

333 / height (or length or width, in meters) / 2

So a cuboid room with 2,5m x 1m x 1,5m would likely have peaky resonances (or sometimes the opposite, a sound well) at 66,6Hz (and multiples), 166,5Hz (and multiples) and 111Hz ( and multiples). If these or similar are present, cut them drastically, with high Q.

The other part are the actual reflections and there is nothing you can do about that.
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Re: fixing a boxy vocal...

Mon Mar 23, 2020 2:34 pm

it's something else; i have a number of vocal tracks (for a number of songs) from this singer, but this track sound different, like she put a carboard box around the mic. anyway, will definitely explore those specific frequencies, and see what i can do (all of this is saner than trying to get another recording... sigh...). thanx!
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