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    Advice on my mixing/recording (Especially the vocals)

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    I've been recording me singing and playing guitar for some months but today I had a girl in my ''homestudio'' singing. It was really diffrent recording and mixing her singing and now I'd need some advice and/or opinions on the mix. Tips on plugins to use/use more of? My one opinions is that the vocals are a little bit too ''weak'' and it feels like something is missing. Any opinions/advice?

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    I really like her voice!
    Aside from that, I don't think the reverb on her voice matches the room that the guitars are in. It's almost like her voice hits the back wall before the guitars do, making the room sound short.

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    So you think it would sound better if I didn't use any reverb on the vocals?

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    Well, probably not.
    Did you record them in the same space? Was it treated?

    If so, you might use the same reverb on both the guitars and her vocals to make them sound like the same space, but also give the vox the sense of space that isn't going to be in just the mic (typically because the mic is so close to the mouth). The level of verb on each might be a bit different, but that's similar to yelling in a room, and whispering in a room. The yelling will show the room way more, but would still be present in a whisper to some degree.

    I'm no pro though, hopefully others will chime in.

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    Both the guitars and the vocals are recorded in my bedroom so the room is probably not treated (I don't even know what that means). Now that i think about the guitars are recorded in one of the corners and the vocals more in the middle of the room. I've used one of cubase LE 5's standard plugins on the vocals( Roomwork reverb or something) while i didn't use any plugins at all on the guitars.

    I'm a noob so I have no idea where in my room i should record and what plugins i should use etc.

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    Ah I see. Yeah, place in the room and the room itself is a massive part of the sound you'll end up with. After all, the microphones hear your room too!

    I would start by trying a little of the same reverb on the guitars that you used on the vocals. It might make them fit together better. But you probably wont want as much on the guitars (use the "Mix" control to turn the effect up and down, because i assume to verb is in an insert slot?) But then again, maybe you do! It's all up to you, you're in control!

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    Thank you for the advice! I'll try some reverb on the guitars.

    Yes, the reverb is in an insert slot.

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    Also, If you're any kind of serious about making music, you might start to poke through this website. I read the whole thing back at the beginning and it should clear up a lot of confusion and point you in a good direction. Lots of info and pages, but worth your time.
    Tweak's Guide to the Home and Project Studio

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    i agree with Sixers advice on the reverb. To me, the song would do well with just a small bit of small/med room reverb. I'd use the same reverb on all the tracks. Maybe longer decays on the backing vocal.

    I'm detecting a low end rumble in spots.

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    I also thought the guitar had a somewhat "sterile" sound to it. Just a bit brittle in the high midrange - like maybe 2500hz to 3000hz.

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    Thank you.
    What can i do to make the guitar sound better in the high midrange?

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