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Mixing and Editing.. HELP PLS

  • so i just did my very first cover, and on the laptop it sounds pretty ok, but you can hear all the background noise. im using audacity atm, and i figured i can just use the noise cancellation. but im still kinda loud and i cant really turn it down. so what other software (thats possibly free) do you think i can use? i really wanna be able to do a lot of things, but i need better software!!

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    • Mixx.

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    • IMO, use audacity alone is enough, I myself use only audacity and I can reduce the noise into minimal. Still if you want a perfect, no noise record, you would need a sound proof room or at least a mic with voice filter (Is it what they call it? The little grid thing put in front of the mic to filter the voice?)

      If you stuck with audacity, just use Noise reduction 2 or 3 times, after that cut out unnecessary parts (the parts where you don't sing) that have noise in it, then your vocal would become... cleaner? I guess...

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    • Another good way to improve the vocals in Audacity would be to add a bit of reverb. (I noticed you didn't really use it that much.) In addition, adding echo with a delay of about .1 seconds and a strength of .2 or .3 (Notice the decimal, 'cuz 3 usually a bit too high.) Both of these are easy to locate in the effects bar. Another good thing to note that lines up with what the person above me says would be to utilise the Equalisation effect to reduce the TREBLE. (not the bass) Do that by selecting "Treble boost" in the equalisation screen, then moving the bar down slightly; this will reduce the sibilance (the harsh popping sounds and things that you can hear when you say p's and things.)

      You said that you were a little bit too loud; if you go into view and turn on "Show clipping" you'll be able to see if you go over, then you can add the option to  

      Another thing I'd recommend for your singing is to open your mouth a little more as you sing and try to put your emotions into it. (vocal exercises will help with this a lot.) A lot of the time you sound like you're talking to the mic, (a good idea would be to step back a little bit too, and if you don't have a pop filter- the item he's mentioning- you can make one with a coat hanger and some pantyhose, or slip a sock over the top of your microphone.

      If you'd like to sound a little bit more professional, though, I'd recommend getting a trial of Reaper; Kurrainu, Jefferez, and (I think at one point) Rachie use the free versions- but you can buy it later if you want to, although it does have a bit of a steep learning curve and I'd recommend looking up a lot of videos first!) It has a mass of capabilities, including auto-tuning your voice (not in the way that T-pain's voice is auto-tuned, though; it can be quite subtle.)  

      After listening to your song I subscribed (and watched a couple of your other videos; you have a lot of potential, and if you use a couple of those basic tips I mentioned and a bit of your own research, you could be a fantastic youtaite.) 

      https://soundcloud.com/ryan-smart-905719856

      I linked my SoundCloud there to give you an example of the difference small editing can make; I'm using my computers' microphone for these, so it is a TERRIBLE recording, but the mixing improves it marginally. (The Summertime record is unmixed, as I didn't know how when I started out, but the other two are a bit better, for what was recorded on a potato.)

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4q-6P3NWrg

      Here's a link to Kitty Em's Youtaite tutorial, where she covers "Lie" and improves it through editing; this will help you with volume and things like that with editing as well, and has some of the tips I mentioned here. 

      ) I hope you have a pleasant day, and I hope my rant didn't seem too critical. 
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