I want to start out by saying it sounds like you're working an entry-level budget here, so I'll keep my recommendations inexpensive but effective...
Originally Posted by Xpred
When you say "music track", do you mean you have only one instrument (which one?) that you record yourself, or are you saying that you are taking an actual commercial karaoke stereo recording and bringing it into Audition?
If it's the second, you're going to have a real hard time geiing your vocals to sound like they truely belong in the mix with the instrumentals, the vocals are pretty much always going to be sitting over the top to some degree. But a big part is going to be vocal microphone selection and ambience.
Start with the best quality vocal mic you can get your hands on; A nice Audio Technica, AKG or even Neumann LDC. Rent one if you don't have a friend with one you can borrow, you can get them for just a few bucks a day if you're in or near a decent-sized city. An SM58 just ain't going to match with the "pro sound". Mount the mic in a fairly dead room; using a closet full of clothes as a vocal booth is not a bad idea, though it can get warm and huimid in there if you try too many takes in a row. The idea is to get a well-miked but bone dry vocal as your foundation to start with.
Not suprising at all. You should not have to ever use a "bunch" of anything on your trackings - unless you are going for some purposely unnatural effect. The more compression, EQ, and reverb you have to add to a signal, the more the quality of the signal will be comprimised.
Originally Posted by Xpred
If you start with a good clean, dry recording from a great mic, make sure you "work the mic" well to naturally leep your voice levels as matched as possible; keep the amount of compression you need to add to a minimum. Any compression you do add next, keep it simple, and go with a decent-sounding plugin for vocals, and not the stock compression that comes with Audition. Try the opto settig on the freeware Blowfish compressor from DigitalFishPhones, for example.
Then, get your self a quality convolution reverb plugin. Try the freeware "SIR" reverb plugin with some free Lexicon impulses. Lightly sprinkle this reverb over your vocals *after* any compression you might add. Mix with the instrumentals as best you can.
NOTE: All plug-ins mentioned are free on thae Internet, but they are VST plug-ins. To use them with Audition, you'll need to also get the "VST-to-DX Wrapper", also available in a free version from the Internet.
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