Can somebody help me with a few mixing questions regarding vocals and pop songs in general. I'll outline my process and the hardware and software I use and maybe somebody can help me out with some tips or tell me where the weak links are in my software/hardware.
Here's currently how I do it when recording vocals
1) I use Cubase SL 2.0.
2) I route a Behringer B1 mic into a Behringer mixer with phantom power.
3) All eq is flat on the board and this goes into Cubase via an Echo Mia card
4) I use Melodyne to help out with pitch (works very nicely)
5) I use the Dynamics module that come with Cubase and add an 8 to 1 compression ratio for the lead vocal.
6) I then add some EQ'ing but don't really know what I'm doing. I usually take out some of the harsher midtones and try and warm it up a tad.
7) I then add some reverb with Glaceverb and maybe a bit of delay.
8) Sometimes it sounds OK but it never sounds like I think it could.
I know in a real studio they would not use Behringer stuff but this is all I can afford for now. I really want the vocal track to be warm and full and sit well in the mix.
Any tips you guys may have would be appreciated. Do I need a better mic? Is there a plugin that will help warm up and fill out my vocals? Would a pre-amp be better than running through my mixer. (and if I get one where does it sit in the chain?)
Sorry to go way OT but this has been a question for many years. Also feel free to recommend any books or DVD's on mixing vocals.