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    A buddy and I have been recording a tune on Reaper. He did a couple of vocal tracks of the same part. Sections of the two were near identical while others varied from subtly different to nowhere near the same. I've added a bit of reverb. But, on playback when I failed to mute one of the tracks and was hearing both, the parts where he sang the parts nearly the same sounded really nice. Is this a common technique? What are some tips to use this intentionally?

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    Double tracking vocals is very common.

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    What he said ^^

    It is very common.

    What makes it work is when both tracks are nearly-but-not-quite identical. So if you double track a vocal, you have to take care with the second take to match the phrasing and other characteristics of the first take. If you don't, it can sound messy very quickly.

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    One trick is to use the doubled track a bit lower in volume.

    Often I will take out any conflicting consonants from the lower level track. Nothing worse than two 't' or 's's slightly out of time. Do that often with backing vocals or harmonies also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmys69 View Post
    One trick is to use the doubled track a bit lower in volume.

    Often I will take out any conflicting consonants from the lower level track. Nothing worse than two 't' or 's's slightly out of time. Do that often with backing vocals or harmonies also.
    +1 to that.
    Of course it's good to aim for perfect takes, but I find myself doing this a lot.
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    It's pretty common. Some artists rely on it (Eminem)

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    Kind of like a delay filter set to 0.0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000001 milliseconds.

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    I use the doubling effect on a vocal processor.
    Subtle but very nice.

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    Look into ADT.

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    Yes just like others said it is very common indeed!

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