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Old 23-03-2016, 03:47 PM   #13
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Re: How to make industrial vocal effects ?

Before I move onto Vocal FX Chains, here's three points to consider.

1) (Power) Fry Vocals - If you can comfortably push out Fry Vocals with power and consistency then you can get away with only using a very light vocal FX chain if you're going full Aggro. This kind of vocal chain would be focusing on Minimal Saturation & EQing and focusing more on Pitch-Shifting and Chorus Modulation to the greatest effect. Best done through a Dynamic Mic since Fry Vocalists are usually pretty damn loud.

2) Clean Fry - Depending on the ability to actually have an 'ok' singing voice and not sound completely tone deaf, clean vocal-work usually works pretty well singing in the mid-low octaves. As opposed to Fry-Vocals, you'd be focusing more on Saturation & EQ and less on Modulation (a Harmoniser like Antares Harmony Engine EVO is awesome for this vocal style). A good condenser mic for this vocal style is a bonus. May sometime incorporate a lightly-applied typical Fry Vocal style depending on the vocalist in question.

3) Whispered Vocals - For the people who can't competently do the above two. By far the easiest to record but also by far also suffering from the largest FX chain to get it to sound somewhat decently. You're looking at multiple levels of Saturation across Low/Mid/High bands, Multiple Pitch-Shifting Instances, multiple EQ instances in precise points of the FX chain, chorus and Reverb. Condenser Mic recommended.

Below is what I have personally done before with Successful Result over time (In order of what to load):

Power Fry (Amduscia, Hocico, C-Lekktor, X-Fusion)
1) EQ (Boost 6.5k-9khz for Clarity, Boost 220-280hz to get some bottom-end)
2) Saturation (Light Use)
3) Pitch Shift (50/50 Wet-Dry, Pitch +1 )
4) Pitch Shift (50/50 Wet-Dry, Pitch -2 )
5) EQ (Boost the same values as the first EQ but at only half of the gain and make the bands wider)
6) Chorus (2 Voices, Set Wide at Medium Depth and around 30/70 Wet/Dry)

Clean Fry (Wumpscut, Velvet Acid Christ, SITD, Die Sektor)
1) EQ (Boost 6k-8khz for Clarity, Boost 200-260hz to get some bottom-end)
2) Multi-Band Distortion (Medium Use, the lower your voice, the more you boost)
3) Pitch Shift (40/60 Wet-Dry, Pitch +1 )
4) Pitch Shift (40/60 Wet-Dry, Pitch -1 )
5) EQ (Boost the same values as the first EQ but at only half of the gain and make the bands wider)
6) OPTIONAL - Harmoniser (Harmony Engine EVO or Melodyne Strongly Recommended)
7) OPTIONAL - EQ=Post-Harmonising - (subjective to how you've Harmonised the vocals)
8) Reverb (20-80 Wet/Dry, 600-800ms Decay, Minimal Diffusion)

Whispered Vocals (Asphyxia, Wynardtage)
1) EQ (Boost 6.5k-9khz for Clarity, Boost 1.2K-3k aswell)
2) Saturation (Heavy Use)
3) Pitch Shift (50/50 Wet-Dry, Pitch +1 )
4) Pitch Shift (50/50 Wet-Dry, Pitch -1 )
5) EQ (Mid-Pitch Shifting, Lightly boost the same values in EQ-1)
6) Pitch Shift (50/50 Wet-Dry, Pitch +2 )
7) Pitch Shift (50/50 Wet-Dry, Pitch -2 )
8) EQ (Post-Pitch Shifting, Lightly boost the same values in EQ-1)
9) Saturation (Post-Pitch Shift, Light Use)
10) Reverb (20-80 Wet/Dry, 750-1000ms Decay, Medium Diffusion)

Plug-ins of interest:
Aegean Pitchproof - It's a freebie Pitch-Shifter which I have been frequently using for Pitch-Shifting vocal work in. Highly recommended.
Softtube Saturation Knob - Another Decent Freebie, a good alternative for users who do not have Ohmicide.
u-he Protoverb - Free, Algorithmic Experimental Convulsion Reverb. Simple to use, you might even get lucky on the randomising and get something awesome.

Alternatively you could invest in a Boss SE-50 from the 2nd hand market and plug your Mic into it. Set the Pitch-Shifting to +1, -1, +2, -2 and away you go! I have one and they're super fun to use for live vocal mock-up's (plus I can whistle into it and sound like one of the Clangers

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