How do you record nice lush vocal harmonies?


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This is way lush...This one was the impetus for me trying to get my one man show live recorded decently...still miles away but ..Would love to know his set up but he is not talking...He has done quite well since this went viral...



I don't want to be the rain on the parade, but have you thought about using a computer to record with? It's a lot easier and way more possibilites are available. But I'm sure you know that. But at this point even Steve Albini admits that he wishes he'd learned how to use computers years ago--his life would be a lot easier, but tape is his thing, and will remain so now forever. And, how does one break a mic cable? Stand on it and then pull the connector off? I had one stop passing sound just a day ago and found that the solder joint on the cold leg had broken loose, so I soldered it back and that was that. Then the hot leg on the other end broke loose as I was testing it, and I went back and soldered that. Now it's back in service. I never moved the end connected to the Audient 880--it just worked itself loose. Not the most expensive cable, so it happens.

I started recording music in 2013 on my computer. It was good and all, then I bought my first four-track in 2018, and I just couldn't let go of the rough and hazardous sonic qualities that cassette has. Double tracking on tape always surprises/pleases. It always sounds different.

Turns out it wasn't the XLR cable but the little impedance transformer that I use (audio technica cp8201) that was broken. I opened it up and soldered the wires and now it works! I knew something wasn't normal as I never broke a guitar cable before and took good care of them.

Anyways, I'm liking the videos but I guess I should have been more specific about the vocal sounds I was going for. I was talking about late 60's stuff, ''wall of sound'' type of vocals harmonies. I'm really interested in how they produced those vocals. I recorded a track recently that has a small part in which there are vocal harmonies. I'm getting closer to that sound, and it's due to the fact that I have recorded more vocal tracks (6 in total). I have noticed that it makes a huge difference when doubling on one vocal note; I would usually probably have 2 vocal tracks with two different notes, creating the harmony, but it sounds way better when double tracking the base note, and the other notes too. basically just having more tracks sounds better to me.


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Why when I make lush harmonies with multi tracks, it does layer on tape different than the DAW? Much more ..lusher on tape with layers of voice. Like they are smeared together.
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California Dreamin' was dope.
Thanks man...I'm telling ya that Voicelive harmonizer is awesome...It is pretty cool to have a full set of 4 back up singers at your beck and call at a moments notice...Here's a link to Edgar Winter / Danny Hartmans "Autumn" where I was just starting to figure out how to do the two mic thing ..basically sound like harmonies all the way through.. Doing the solo thing and having those harmonies there is quite economically efficient from a time and energy point of view and so fun to have as a tool as I am working through how I will perform a tune. I've done a few Beach boy tunes and they are kick ass in my self absorbed deluded universe opinion.