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Question for Vance Powell--Vocal Mix for the Band in a Live Room
Old 7th November 2017
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Question for Vance Powell--Vocal Mix for the Band in a Live Room

Hi Vance, and thank you for taking the time to share your experience.

I really love your philosophy of live recording in the studio. Makes me think of the Wrecking Crew, and how Carol Kaye said something was lost once people starting recording their parts remotely, in separate studios on separate days and never together as a unit.

Here's my question--if you have the band in one room and you're tracking without headphones, how do you make sure that everyone can hear the vocalist? Seems like running the vocals through monitors into the live room would create bleed that's impossible to work with come mix time.

Thanks, Vance!
Old 10th November 2017
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It's a volume thing.. things don't have to be loud to sound loud.. So I would use the pattern of the mic to get the rejection I needed and then move things around until it sounded right.. I just did a video thing with Bradi Carlile, (she's awesome!) and we just put a small amount of her in a floor wedge, but she didn't need it, but the band did..
Couldn't really hear it in any of the tracks.

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