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Phase - right and wrong
Old 16th June 2006
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Phase - right and wrong

I'm working on as project at the moment where on the chorus the singer did a second vocal take. What I then did is Duplicated the track, put one left and one right to get a nice wide sound. Didn't really work, now I know I can get the effect i'm looking for with delay, reverb and EQ. SO, I tried reversing the phase on one of the backing vocals.
Is this a big no no or will I get away with it?
Old 16th June 2006
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Throw your mix in mono. Does it still sound good? If yes, then you're fine.

Flip the polarity back and forth in stereo and mono... Do they sound any different? If yes, pick the better sounding one.

Is this only on 1 background vocal, isolated while tracking? If so, then you'll probably hear absolutly no difference.

If you're multing the vocal, panning left/right, and reversing the polarity on one side, then you'll totally lose that vocal. But it will sound kinda cool and fake surroundy while in stereo.

By the way... it's polarity, not phase. Big difference. (about 360 degrees or more...)
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