Episode 4.5: Fat Vocals, Overdriven Piano, and My New Favorite Song

Here’s another “in between” episode.  I share a couple of nerdy engineer tricks.  (1) How to fatten a vocal sound (one method), that I learned from the mixing engineer of InsideOut, and (2) Overdrive, on a piano.  Also, my new favorite song.  Enjoy!


5 Replies to “Episode 4.5: Fat Vocals, Overdriven Piano, and My New Favorite Song”

  1. Your fellow nerds appreciate the tech tips. I recently applied the fattening trick to bass guitar track and was amazed at the fullness.

  2. First of all, long time no see! It’s cool to see what you’ve been up to.

    I’ve written a few songs lately, and I’ve been trying to put them together in Cubase SX3. You mentioned a couple of things I’m highly interested in: 1) free plug-ins to fatten and expand vocals, and 2) a good, cheap piano plug-in. I’d appreciate any more info you can throw my way. I hate to post my email address, so shoot me a message of Facebook, if you don’t mind.

    BTW, I especially liked the part about overdriving the piano. In one of my songs, I’m actually using an overdriven Rhodes suitcase EP, and it adds a very cool sound.

    Thanks in advance, and I look forward to hearing back from you!


  3. For the benefit of others I’ll answer your questions here (and probably get to you on Facebook or whatever–hey Tim!).

    1) Plug-in I used for fattening vocals was ‘mda detune’ (you have to feed it a stereo source–route vocals to a stereo group track if necessary). Alternatively you can copy the tracks, select the audio in the “arrangement” window, and in the info bar at the top set fine tune as I described, mix those tracks in with the originals…

    2) The free piano plug-in is ‘mda piano’. Not the richest instrument you’ve ever heard but man, it’s free, and it does sound kind of like a piano.

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