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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowman999 View Post
    I was wrong. Here's what my man told me -

    If the song calls for it, fine. On 90% of recordings I did in the early days, there was doubling on pop songs. I never doubled either Rascals leads, but I did on some background vocals. Aretha, please. Dionne Warwick, no. Vanilla Fudge, not that I remember. Iron Butterfly, no, don’t think so. But on many no-name rock acts there was some doubling, even on lead. Rule of thumb: if you think it’s gonna sound good, do it; try it. It’s art; there are no rules. In the 60s and 70s there was a lot of doubling and
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    There is no right or wrong way to record anything. Just what works best for any given project.

    I have heard many recordings where double tracking of vocals worked for the project. But in most cases the doubled vocal is so far back in the mix that you would never really hear it. When used that way, it only supports the main vocal track and gives a bit of a chorus effect maybe. The point is that is not something that is always done, but more as an effect for a particular song, and definitely not something you would actually hear. Well, unless it is meant to be heard. That then goes back to what any song needs.

    Why was this a topic? Oh yeah...

    Sometimes it works, sometimes it is annoying. It just depends on what the song needs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmys69 View Post
    There is no right or wrong way to record anything.
    Not pressing the record button before recording might be an exception to that rule.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by TAE View Post
    Not pressing the record button before recording might be an exception to that rule.....
    No; That would be considered the right way to record me.
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    I double my vocals, but not so much for an effect. I do it to smooth out my voice. I clone the track then offset the length by a few MS (no delay) - barely noticeable on playback, yet very noticeable when muted.

    If I had a clear singing voice like a good ol' country singer (not nasal), I wouldn't use it.
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    When talking about double tracking, nobody mentions the Beatles?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FingerzAndKeyz View Post
    When talking about double tracking, nobody mentions the Beatles?
    QWell, yes. The Beatles double-tracked their vocals. That's common knowledge and doesn't add to the debate. There's no need for them to be mentioned as such.

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    One of my songs was reviewed as needing work on the singing, with it being a bit lifeless, which I think, too. Someone said to give it reverb, another said to try Leslie. I imported the singing again, leaving them out of time by milliseconds. I gave one reverb and the other, flanger. Feedback says it works, going as far as to make the lead break fit better.
    Last edited by GearShift; 01-30-2018 at 08:03.

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    2 performances, separate performances... Yes, one on left, one on right, sometimes no reference of the prior vocal(s),,,
    Depends on the desired out come... If really that close, give just a bit of delay to one track after the fact...
    We all keep learning. Each song has its own needs,,,

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    Quote Originally Posted by FingerzAndKeyz View Post
    When talking about double tracking, nobody mentions the Beatles?
    I did.

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