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    Hi guys!

    Recently I have started improving my mixing and mastering skills with making beats. However, when it comes to vocal mixing I am still very weak. I know a lot of people are using Pro Tools with certain plugins, but my MacBook can't run this program due to too small disc space.

    I am currently experimenting with Adobe Audition 6 on my old Windows laptop, because I used to use Adobe Audition when I was younger. And for that time, with no knowledge at all, I used to record quite nice vocals. But compared to the quality of vocals in rap music these days, my current mixdowns are... well... shit. I have viewed some tutorials on YouTube and it improved a bit, but still I am not pleased because I know it could be better with the hardware I have at the moment: MXL mic & extern sound card (? in Dutch it is called "geluidskaart" so this is literally the translation for it. I can't think of an other word at the moment. Hope y'all understand)

    Now my questions are:
    • What do you think is the best program to record & mix vocals with?
    • Should I be able to get (nearly) studio quality vocal mixdowns with Adobe Audition if it's used right?
    • Which program are you using for vocal recordings/mixdowns?


    I am looking forward to your replies!! Just tryna get more feeling/knowledge about vocal mixing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cruzumusic View Post
    Hi guys!

    Recently I have started improving my mixing and mastering skills with making beats. However, when it comes to vocal mixing I am still very weak. I know a lot of people are using Pro Tools with certain plugins, but my MacBook can't run this program due to too small disc space.

    I am currently experimenting with Adobe Audition 6 on my old Windows laptop, because I used to use Adobe Audition when I was younger. And for that time, with no knowledge at all, I used to record quite nice vocals. But compared to the quality of vocals in rap music these days, my current mixdowns are... well... shit. I have viewed some tutorials on YouTube and it improved a bit, but still I am not pleased because I know it could be better with the hardware I have at the moment: MXL mic & extern sound card (? in Dutch it is called "geluidskaart" so this is literally the translation for it. I can't think of an other word at the moment. Hope y'all understand)

    Now my questions are:
    • What do you think is the best program to record & mix vocals with?
    • Should I be able to get (nearly) studio quality vocal mixdowns with Adobe Audition if it's used right?
    • Which program are you using for vocal recordings/mixdowns?


    I am looking forward to your replies!! Just tryna get more feeling/knowledge about vocal mixing.
    I think it is counter productive to separate out the vocal mixing to a separate approach regarding software. You are right in the sense that with lots of overdubs you need low latency and this is something that is software specific, with differences of a few ms among better audio interfaces. In short, record using as high sample rate as possible so that you get minimal latency and use a low latency audio interface. Then when it comes to the actual software, in terms of latency then Logic version 9 running at 192 kHz sample rate is a good default option. If you are using a PC based system Nuendo version 6 running at 192 kHz sample rate is a good default option. For the vocal processing I recommend hardware, which is of course what the pros use.

    I hope my intent to help you with the text above won't get me banned.
    Last edited by DarkRed; 10-15-2017 at 10:58 AM.

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    Adobe Audition is a great tool to record with...

    Then i import to FL Studio and create audio clips, but that takes money to buy Producer's Edition.

    But Audition alone will record and has a multi-track mixer that should help you. does audition not have a multi-track mixer anymore? im'm still using Cool Edit PRo 2.0, which is the basic version of Audition and it has a multi-track mixer.
    Last edited by Mike McKeon; 10-15-2017 at 11:40 AM. Reason: didn't read full message
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    Thanks for your replies @DarkRed & @Mike McKeon

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike McKeon View Post
    Adobe Audition is a great tool to record with...

    Then i import to FL Studio and create audio clips, but that takes money to buy Producer's Edition.

    But Audition alone will record and has a multi-track mixer that should help you. does audition not have a multi-track mixer anymore? im'm still using Cool Edit PRo 2.0, which is the basic version of Audition and it has a multi-track mixer.
    Yes, Adobe Audition has a multi-track mixer I believe. Oh wow Cool Edit Pro! Haha. I used to use that as well haha
    I am a music producer. I make beats and am looking for vocal artists to collaborate with! Please check out my music www.soundcloud.com/cruzumusic

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