Hey, Shahar here from Waves and I just recorded some vocals into a new song I’m working on. I use this SE USB 2200A microphone. It’s one of the quietest USB microphones I’ve used And the fact that is a USB microphone, means I
went directly from the microphone into my computer. No need for an I/O, although you can connect an I/O if you want one. It has an analog output as well So now that I’ve record my vocals, I’m going to show you how I mix them into the track using plugins from the Waves Gold bundle. Let me play you just a couple of bars with
no plugins at all on the vocals. Alright, so I put three plugins on the vocals themselves. I put a deesser, I put a EQ and I put a compressor. I put the deesser just to get rid of some of those sibilant Ss,
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And I pulled up the male S setting put the threshold so that the DeEsser only kicks in at certain parts and it sounds like this. Now that the Ss are a little softer, I brought up some EQ And what I did with the EQ is
roll off the lows to get rid of rumble that�s not necessary, and then essentially brighten it up. I brought up about 4dB at 2.5k
a little more at 5.5 and then again I shelved it at 8.5k and it sounds like this. Again without it And with it So now I know that’s going to cut through the mix a lot better The last thing I did was put a little compression. And the reason I put the compression is to lower the parts that poke out of the mix and bring up the parts that are low so
you can make out all the lyrics. I used a fast medium attack a ratio of 2,5 boosted the gain just a little bit to compensate for the compression and with the compressor it sounds like this. Here’s without it So, to me it sounds a lot better with that. Now, I want a tie a little reverb and delay to the track I use the Waves TrueVerb for my reverb, pulled up the New York plate setting, which is a subtle sort of plate with a little pre-delay, and it gives it a sense of space. It sounds like this. And the last thing, which is pretty important to me, was the delay. I used the delay to sort of give the vocals a
sense of space and make them wash a little bit, And widen them in a stereo sense by bringing up the SuperTap and a little delay on
the left, a little delay on the right, and lock those delays to the tempo of the track, which is very easy to do in SuperTap. Here’s what it sounds like with a delay. So this is what it sounds like with the plugins from the Gold Bundle and the vocals are recorded through this SE microphone. Let’s have a listen.

Intro to Mixing Vocals with Waves Plugins

100 thoughts on “Intro to Mixing Vocals with Waves Plugins

  • April 26, 2010 at 5:01 pm
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    Good!!!!!

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  • May 8, 2010 at 4:22 pm
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    how do you clean up you'r vocal with pro tools…? thx

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  • May 10, 2010 at 10:05 am
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    Can yu plz make a vid how to install waves into pro tools cuz it won't do it with mine

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  • May 24, 2010 at 1:42 am
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    Nice clean sound! The only thing that would have made this vid 1 notch better would be a bit more detail on use of the plug-ins. For example, Super Tap. You say it's easy to "lock those delays to the tempo of the track". While you're there, why not show us exactly how that's done?

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  • June 5, 2010 at 4:53 pm
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    This is a great tutorial – may I ask, if you had a choir of voices would you do this process to each one or to a group channel after you balanced the vocals out?

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  • June 6, 2010 at 2:00 pm
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    @misterwillguitar With a choir if you don't want the vocalists to be distinct, rather want to glue them together, I would balance them into a subgroup and then process them together.

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  • June 9, 2010 at 8:35 am
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    great work daniel!!

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  • June 20, 2010 at 2:44 pm
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    @prepboymagic
    Yes you could apply a similar setup to rap vocals, but you may might choose to compress harder, and have less reverb/delay (or a shorter delay).

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  • June 23, 2010 at 8:30 pm
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    Hey Daniel great tutorial!! Would you pls tell me the precise settings / set up for the delay and reverb ftrom the waves plug-insplssss!!

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  • July 26, 2010 at 2:53 am
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    im debating on buying a waves plug in soon. Whats a good plug in bundle thats good for beginners just learning about the waves plugins? im into mixing hip hop vocals, instruments, and other effects to make my music sound clear, concise, and still have my base lines sound good.

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  • July 26, 2010 at 3:21 pm
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    @Patjersey
    There are several waves bundles that are designed for beginners in that they are affordable and easy to use, but essentially are handpicked plugins from waves pro line. Check out Native Power Pack for example. If you want to go deeper with learning how to use the plugins there is the Gold Certification Bundle course/book. One other option is to get an artist signature series bundle, like the Tony Maserati collection if you're doing hip hop.

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  • July 28, 2010 at 3:30 pm
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    @ksk235 It's Logic.

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  • August 8, 2010 at 10:26 pm
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    This voice was recorded with what equipment? you always use this mic preamp and with whom? for a home studio mic which would indicate you to get good recordings? and that preamp? Thank you. very good recording quality!

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  • August 21, 2010 at 8:53 am
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    Damn i learned more about the components than most of these videos. Str8 to the point and very clear about whats its use is. Giving us examples. THUMBS UP.

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  • August 28, 2010 at 9:41 am
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    nice

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  • September 10, 2010 at 8:02 pm
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    I'm a rapper, and I'm trying to learn how to use plug-ins the right way. Would you say that a De-esser, compressor and an EQ would be the only plug-ins I would really need to use?? and does that fact that you're using a USB mic cause less delay to occur when recording?? becuase I'm really concered with having no delays.

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  • September 20, 2010 at 2:58 pm
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    You should do a tutorial for rap and RB we would love to see how you work with waves plungins

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  • September 28, 2010 at 11:31 am
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    thank you for the explanation, sounds much professional after this

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  • September 29, 2010 at 11:00 pm
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    Stay here don´t fade away .

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  • October 1, 2010 at 12:55 am
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    Not bad. The vocals sounded over done. I think you'll get a better sound if you duplicate the vocal track, lower the level and add the effects to the duplicate. that way you still maintain a nice crisp and clear vocal with the original un-effected track, with the effect underneath and not so obvious. i think if you do it that way it will sound much better.

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  • October 5, 2010 at 3:06 pm
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    just spent around 13 stacks on a waves bundle. im loving ssl 4000. still learning everything else

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  • October 12, 2010 at 9:18 pm
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    hi there, i would like to know what would be the best approach to mixing backing vocals (e.g do you send to bus and work it from there or do you deal with them individually) If you do have any advice please carry on. Thanks for all the videos very helpful. Thanks.

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  • October 15, 2010 at 6:46 pm
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    Daniel, this process also applies to other musical stiles like rock ? The order of the plugins change the final result ? Thanks

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  • October 21, 2010 at 5:48 pm
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    Superb tutorial. It is a very beautiful song Shachar!

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  • October 26, 2010 at 5:46 pm
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    You are definitelly one of the best tutors on the net ;D I am currently savin money to get on of the bundles!
    Cheers!

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  • October 28, 2010 at 1:03 am
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    Delay works wonders 🙂

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  • November 8, 2010 at 6:58 am
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    Sounds decent even on here, good job.

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  • November 12, 2010 at 11:51 am
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    Man great song, makes me question my Contemporary writing and producing degree… haha
    is that song anywhere?

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  • November 13, 2010 at 8:13 am
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    where can I get this song???

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  • November 27, 2010 at 7:14 pm
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    is there a video explaining how to use the delay the same way you used it for this song?

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  • December 5, 2010 at 8:39 am
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    hi there just a question , does the use of wave plugin basically do the eq gate and other settings so that you do not hav eto appley eq or gate using dicferent plugins (or the standard ones that cubase or logic give)?

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  • December 6, 2010 at 11:46 am
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    love the song!!!

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  • December 14, 2010 at 5:46 am
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    @kickflipindy78 Everything he did can be done with Logic plugins but if you can afford, mixing with Waves plugins will give a pro sound to your tracks. Waves EQs, compressors and above all reverbs are to me much better than plugins coming with your DAW. NPP bundle is not very expansive and you have great stuff out there.

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  • January 11, 2011 at 6:15 am
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    sounds great

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  • January 13, 2011 at 6:31 pm
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    @hugio55
    It's called 'Fall' by Shachar Gilad

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  • January 13, 2011 at 8:47 pm
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    @danielwaves just bought on iTunes. First song I have bought being at music school in a whiiiile…
    Thanks man!
    hugio55

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  • January 27, 2011 at 12:07 am
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    Dude…I wanna tell you THANKS A MIL for putting me onto this mic! AS SOON AS I watched your video, I went on ebay and low & behold I found one for DIRT CHEAP! New in the box! Apparently the owner didn't know it's worth but nonetheless when I heard you EQ your vocals with Waves, I IMMEDIATELY had to have this mic! I own a AT4050 and it doesn't give me the automatic DEPTH I need for vocals. I watched other YT vids and this mic did WONDERS!!! THANKS AGAIN DUDE!!! THUMBS ^^^

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  • March 11, 2011 at 3:25 pm
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    Very strange accent you have, but nice job! Track sounds good bro.

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  • April 4, 2011 at 11:23 am
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    מגניב ביותר

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  • May 2, 2011 at 8:51 am
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    I like the mix!

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  • May 17, 2011 at 1:51 pm
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    can you make a vid about mastering with waves?? =D

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  • May 29, 2011 at 10:40 am
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    guitar bleed in the vocals @ 3:09 — i doubt he was using that usb mic.

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  • May 30, 2011 at 8:41 am
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    @MrBrennanWalls could have been picking up his headphones…

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  • June 12, 2011 at 4:53 am
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    @VFXgeneralist That's exactly what it was…

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  • July 9, 2011 at 5:58 am
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    Can someone tell me the exact plug ins he used? I can't believe I spent £300 on something I don't even know how to use, he made it sound really simple.

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  • July 12, 2011 at 2:48 am
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    What ABout For Rap Vocals?? i just donwloaded waves plugins but am not be able to use them so much, what kinda effects do u suggest me to mix my rap vocal??
    please response 😀

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  • July 26, 2011 at 1:18 am
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    good before and afters just what i was lookin for.

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  • August 4, 2011 at 8:57 am
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    BET THIS GUY HAS A LOT OF GROUPIES LOL. GREAT WORK MAN.

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  • August 22, 2011 at 9:17 am
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    what kind of compression would you use for a sort of Keith Urbany kind of track?

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  • August 24, 2011 at 5:26 pm
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    what are you use for recording vocal, software?

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  • September 6, 2011 at 8:04 am
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    good video man but do a video on the mastering chain please

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  • September 16, 2011 at 5:55 am
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    you forgot to mention that autotune plugin. 😛

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  • September 26, 2011 at 8:19 am
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    vocals still way to loud good mix…but turn the volume down

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  • November 9, 2011 at 11:48 pm
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    Hey!, it sounds great!
    but is it possible to record an acoustic guitar with this mic?

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  • January 3, 2012 at 12:21 pm
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    why r u hiding your autotune…

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  • January 25, 2012 at 2:58 am
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    I would of compressed harder. And that delay was a little to apparent for my taste. Almost sounding like phasing. Idk, not my genre so yeah maybe that sounds "good" for it.

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  • April 16, 2012 at 8:32 pm
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    Yes but check the Waves website for full tech specs and compatibility.

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  • June 2, 2012 at 12:25 pm
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    Great song. Sounds great!

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  • June 8, 2012 at 7:22 pm
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    I know this is about vocals but the kick and bass sound very well 😀

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  • July 1, 2012 at 11:50 pm
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    ola daniel please can you really give me the name of the wave plugn in that you used to mix tgis track , man its so sweet .

    thank you

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  • August 17, 2012 at 1:42 pm
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    lol he's using logic in the video

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  • August 26, 2012 at 6:03 pm
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    I NEED print screens bro i cannot see the settings you use in EQ

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  • September 26, 2012 at 7:18 am
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    great videos !

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  • December 11, 2012 at 10:27 am
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    did you put all the plug ins on the vocal track or a aux track?

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  • December 31, 2012 at 12:23 am
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    Can you post some images, or new video, because the quality is too low. Thanks 🙂

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  • February 1, 2013 at 2:04 pm
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    Waves makes excellent plugins. For the goofballs who lol'd "he's using logic" it really doesn't matter what software your using "pro tools whatever" it's about signal chain and plugins. The wave plugins work with most recording software. Pro tools, Sonar, Sony Acid, Vegas, Logic etc. Nice video

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  • February 20, 2013 at 4:51 am
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    I been watching your video for a year. It is a great reference guide for me. Thanks a lot.

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  • April 14, 2013 at 11:34 pm
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    i still the vocals are way to high in therms of volume, i like the vocals more together with the mix(other instruments), this sounds to… triangular , i dont want to say amateur because you have a great sense of music(as i seen in other videos) but the vocals need definitely to be more integrated with the band, anyways i really like your work, liked

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  • May 3, 2013 at 2:09 pm
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    Can I use the Waves GTR 3 with the guitar plugged in the mic slot of the computer…and not using any custom hardware and stuff like that…I mean I plug in the guitar in the mic slot and just use the program ?

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  • May 27, 2013 at 8:39 am
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    what kind of micro is that

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  • July 4, 2013 at 11:55 pm
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    but am offended u did not mension the advanced producing DAW,Cubase,its fine dnt apologise,ur forgiven

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  • September 26, 2013 at 12:03 pm
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    I would work more on the compression, that was not good in my ear.

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  • November 12, 2013 at 8:12 am
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    check out my latest song mixed with ZERO plugin entitled "Hello Christmas'.Plugins are destroying your sound.Everything that shines is not gold.

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  • February 1, 2014 at 7:25 pm
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    you forgot to mention the pitch correction…

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  • February 4, 2014 at 12:51 am
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    what are your delay settings exactly….I really liked the softness of the delay you put on there but am having a hard time achieving that on a song I'm working on.  thank you!!!

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  • March 2, 2014 at 4:06 am
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    That song is so wet. Good work ; )

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  • March 4, 2014 at 2:46 pm
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    Nice tips and the song is really really good man. I love the song.  🙂

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  • May 4, 2014 at 4:08 pm
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    Mono Audio. :/

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  • July 17, 2014 at 11:28 pm
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    Hey Shahar you didnt mention what type of waves compressor you were using. Is that the RChannel?

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  • July 17, 2014 at 11:51 pm
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    Shahar how can I use my BLUE snowball mic inside of Pro Tools? Or anyone who can answer this?

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  • September 16, 2014 at 2:28 pm
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    Those vocals don't sound completely dry in the beginning .Soundcard,Pre amp,hardware compressor ?

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  • October 21, 2014 at 5:27 pm
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    This is probably the best tutorial video online

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  • July 29, 2015 at 9:04 am
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    Awesome thanks so much Shachar..;)

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  • September 12, 2015 at 8:58 pm
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    nice track

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  • October 27, 2015 at 3:28 am
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    Hey, I wanna this song into my headphones. What is the name of it?

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  • January 24, 2016 at 3:59 am
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    Doesn't explain anything & this was filmed trebly

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  • March 9, 2016 at 12:38 am
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    god song !!!

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  • December 2, 2016 at 3:45 am
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    I went thru tons and tons of videos and yours helped the most. Thanks.

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  • January 31, 2017 at 6:37 pm
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    720 1080 pixel 🙁

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  • July 29, 2017 at 11:57 pm
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    9794436628 whatssap vst waves chahi

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  • November 24, 2017 at 9:59 pm
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    I like this your vid – you are a nice guy, thank you! 🙂

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  • November 24, 2017 at 10:00 pm
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    And the song is beautiful – reminiding me of my first loves 🙂

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  • December 28, 2017 at 12:16 am
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    This video made me not buy the silver bundle….. horrible production skills, video quality is shit, and the musician isn't all that great.

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  • January 6, 2018 at 2:01 pm
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    Improve your video quality

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  • March 30, 2018 at 10:21 pm
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    Nice clip. Seems aged though, I expected Marilyn Monroe to appear at any moment 😀

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  • August 7, 2018 at 5:46 pm
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    The time when youtube was still potato quality haha

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  • November 11, 2018 at 1:37 am
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    What’s the song called ?

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  • February 10, 2019 at 2:28 am
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    People complaining about the quality video etc. Man, it was published in 2008!

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  • April 25, 2019 at 2:22 am
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    great song should of gone number 1

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  • November 21, 2019 at 10:55 am
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    Fuck that was terrible.

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