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Hello, I have a song which is almost ready for going off for professional mixing and mastering.

My lead vocalist has provided vocal tracks in which the volume varies too much from phrase to phrase, although they are otherwise great vocal performances and I dont want to ask him to re-do them.

What is the best, non-destructive way of normalising a vocal track within acceptable boundaries? Is it normal that a professional mixing person would receive the tracks with automation on them or should I better use another method?

Has anyone ever used Melodyne for this? I am familiar with Melodyne but I have never dared use it for such a task.

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by Tacman7 on Thu Jan 14, 2021 9:48 am
I would send the raw data, that's what mixing person supposed to do?

But don't hurt to render some of your own renditions of what you want it to sound like.

I would try the normalize command on a copy of them to see how it works.

If you got compressors and stuff setup with automation I would render it and send the audio.

Try export stems with just that track selected maybe.

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by drewcampbell5 on Thu Jan 14, 2021 9:56 am
Tacman7 wroteI would send the raw data, that's what mixing person supposed to do?

But don't hurt to render some of your own renditions of what you want it to sound like.

I would try the normalize command on a copy of them to see how it works.

If you got compressors and stuff setup with automation I would render it and send the audio.

Try export stems with just that track selected maybe.


I dont know, is it? They seem to differ. I've only ever submitted one other track to a professional and for that the lead vocals were spot on for volume normalisation.

I didnt know there was a normalise command, i'll look at that thanks. Medodyne seems to work within a certain limit but I daren't go further.

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by klypeman on Thu Jan 14, 2021 10:11 am
If I was to normalize a track I would use -14 dB as a norm but the mixing engineer could also do that if needed so a raw track could be preferred and also not a compressed one.

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by SwitchBack on Thu Jan 14, 2021 10:41 am
Any dynamics moderation is destructive in that the process can’t be (100%) reversed. Having said that, use a good compressor, a mild (1:2-1:4) ratio and a release time that sort of ‘rides the phrases’ should help to bring it down a little. And hold on to the original tracks too.

S1’s normalizing a track won’t do anything to the track’s dynamics. It will find the loudest peak, bring that up to 0dB, and all the rest up in proportion.
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by Steve Carter on Thu Jan 14, 2021 4:07 pm
Use the event centre tab/s (or create events as needed) on the track to get the relative levels how you want them and render/bounce - shouldn’t affect the dynamics too much.

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by sirmonkey on Thu Jan 14, 2021 7:25 pm
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by drewcampbell5 on Fri Jan 15, 2021 2:04 am
Great replies here thanks everyone :+1

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