5. Not too fast!
There is another tricky moment that waits for a mixing mastering engineer; it is vocal compression, to be more accurate, attack settings. Novices often swallow this bait by using compression with quite a fast attack since in this way it’s quite simple to control the audio dynamics even of very expressive music performance. The opposite side of this music mixing is sad – through simple and attractive, this audio compression deprives a vocal track of vivid dynamics and transients, consequently, power and music expressiveness. Through any further mixing engineer’s tricks, vocals will be dull and sort of sunken into music. That is why there is some advice – try to avoid a too fast attack for a leading part.
6. Not by a compressor alone…
Experienced engineers know that it’s impossible to get by the only one compression – even after processing, some words and phrases can still sink in a song, and others, conversely, are too aggressively flattened out. The solution is in the use of audio loudness automation before compression. In this way, the engineer equalizes cardinal music loudness differentials manually and the compressor completes the picture. This technique works really great which can be easily noticed in these mixing and mastering examples.
What else prevents vocals from ideal sound when vocals mixing was seemingly completed correctly – equalization, appropriate compression and spatial processing… Noises! These are aspiration, lip smacking, ambient clicks on the record and nobody knows what other ones. In certain circumstances all this garbage literally comes out, and the engineer should pay special attention to track cleaning – to mute inhalation sounds (you shouldn’t remove them completely since it sounds non-natural) and get rid of clicks by the de-click plugin.