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How To EQ Vocals

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The singer still tends to be the most important element of a modern pop song, sorry bass players.

Anyone who's ever mixed a record will know how difficult it can be to get a great sounding vocal when it’s surrounded by 50 other tracks in the mix.

In this tutorial Fab Dupont gives you all the principles of EQing vocals. He explains his techniques and gives you 3 fascinating examples of how to get pro sounding vocals.

He’ll show you how to:

  • Make precise and gentle moves with EQ
  • Remove whollyness and extra fat
  • Fix resonances, notching out offensive frequencies
  • Dial in a neutral sound on both male and female vocal sounds
  • Balance functionality and feeling while EQing

The downloadable exercise files contain the instrumental tracks and the vocal tracks Fab used in this video, download them and EQ them yourself.

Plugins Used:

  • Sonnox Oxford EQ
  • Avid EQ3 7-Band
  • Waves Q6

Music:

Will Knox - Ice Capades on iTunes or Spotify

Sara Lieb - All I Have to Do Is Dream on Spotify

Chestor Gregory

Fab Dupont

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Fab Dupont

Fab Dupont is a Grammy winning NYC based record producer, mixing/mastering engineer and co-founder of pureMix.net.

Fab has been playing, writing, producing and mixing music both live and in studios all over the world. He's worked in cities like Paris, Boston, Brussels, Stockholm, London and New York just to name a few.

He has his own studio called FLUX Studios in the East Village of New York City.

Fab has been nominated for Grammys 6 times, including two Latin Grammys and has received many other accolades around the world, including Victoires de la Musique, South African Music awards, Pan African Music Awards and US independent music awards.

Credits

David Crosby

Queen Latifah

Jennifer Lopez

Mark Ronson

Les Nubians

Toots And The Maytals

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David Einer
2016 Feb 15
Espectacular, uno de los mejores...
reddirt
2015 Dec 06
Another wonderful aid for anyone who aspires to get better. Fab you're are as good a teacher as anyone is ever likely to find. Cheers, Ross
rod
2015 Oct 23
Great video. I will recommend a subscription to my production students ! Superbe vidéo. Je vais recommander de s'abonner à mes étudiants producteurs ! ;-)
jwebsmall
2015 Sep 10
Excellent video, my vocal EQ'ing has dramatically improved having watch this video twice and taking notes.
Fabulous Fab
2015 Feb 20
@TheHunter: It's a transient thing. Over the years the converters have gotten really great at being transparent and holding nothing back. the transients @ 3K ish tend to be fast and in your face. It's an issue because most gear these days is as fast as the converters. It's the stuff that tape and transformers used to shave off. Without that layer of goo things get harsh and bunched up and hurt your eyes. I'm not aware of any literature on that. It's obvious when you turn modern mixes up. we just got used to feeling pain in our eyes when listening to loud music. It does not have to be that way.
TheHunter
2015 Feb 18
Hello Fab ! Excellent video as always ! In one night just watching just a few of these premium videos, I feel my subscription has paid for itself in knowledge. You mentioned briefly in this video about "digital noise" in the 2.5k to 3.5k range, and that a lot of converters have issues in this area. Do you have any other videos or articles you can point me to for further discussion on that specifically? Thank you !!
rmoreno
2014 Oct 06
Good Video!
micheleinglese
2014 Jul 28
Ottimo tutorial, bravo, sarebbe bello se anche a tutti gli altri ci fosse la lingua italiana.
electricthing
2014 Apr 06
This tutorial finally makes me understand. Now I know what to look for and why. A breakthrough for me. After watching, and making notes I took two songs and made the vocals better than ever. I'm not affiliated. Thanks.
robbiea7x
2013 Oct 09
This is absolutely the best EQ video I have seen, tremendous
DurhamDesi
2013 Oct 04
Excellent tutorial on EQing Vocals. Thank you for explaining it so well.
Becky Jo Benson
2013 Aug 19
FAB, this is the 5th time that I have watched this video in the last 18 months. Why do I watch it again? Because the first time I took a lot of notes on all the dbs and where I thought I should watch for the problems, then I listened to other recordings and tried to match those settings (waste of time because every room and singer and instrument and song is different). Bottom line, we must listen with our eyes closed so we can focus on the sound, but also the FEELING of what style and mood is being promoted. Wonderful 'how to' make it brighter yet meld into the track. THANK YOU, FAB!!
leapjoe
2013 Jul 31
Wow, amazing video on eq-ing vocals! Awesome! Thanks Fab!
BORNintoMUSIC
2013 May 04
facebook.com/onesunonemoon (sorry, hopefully this is not going overboard)
BORNintoMUSIC
2013 May 04
BTW - I hope one day my band can be engineered/produced/mixed by you :)
BORNintoMUSIC
2013 May 04
Fab, thank you for your time and effort into this video, it's helped me a lot! Can I recommend you include your own "fixed" track with each vocal as well? I'd like to compare my plugins against yours, and see what I can come up with, on budget EQ's. Thanks!
ravian
2013 Apr 23
The best eq vid i have ever seen... Period.
spiritlearning
2013 Mar 07
i went from giving up 100 times trying to mix for a whole year..running to guitar center and other stores waisting money buyin equibment.watching and studying over 200 youtube videos that never teach you real mixing or hearing....i gave up after memorizing each page on the book "mixing secrets..i gave up after 100 vocal mic placement tricks and 200 questions i analyzed everyday overwhelmed and lost ...the part that most stuns me is i started this commitment because i admired rap and poetryso i bought alot of mics and plugins becoming depressed badlybut can someone tell me y i love mixing now?
spiritlearning
2013 Mar 07
FAB ..YOUR SICK !........to all artist listen carefully ,..this is what youve been looking for.. fab teaches you how to listen to frequencies in a vocal (resonances) and how to care for them(poking out=cut ) ..after you find those target chunks..you begin to hear the vocal become stable (vibeful) and controlled in a musical way...(all this time we thought the poking out freq were ok and hard to hear lmao....i cant believe he than teaches how to listen to your feelings which somehow does the mixing for you in a magical way (while your controlling the vocal before compression !) godblessufab!
mysticmuse@hush.com
2012 Oct 06
uh yeah I was hoping I'd get a lesson on EQ'ing with 500 series EQ processors like my Neve 1073 EQ and STEP EQ. the frequencies on a plugin are totally different than on an analog processor I just don't know how I can use this info in a beneficial way as I always use only outboard gear and very little plugins. just wanted to chime in thanks.
Afrindian
2012 Sep 26
This teaching is excellent. It can make the difference between someone choosing you to mix and someone electing not to use your mix. Thanx for caring about the art and sharing at such a reasonable fee.
rustet
2012 Sep 24
Great video! Really drives home that a little goes a long way. @Il Pianista: I don't have that particular plugin, but I'm guessing that the top-left bypass switch is for the extra midrange eq only, while the one he uses bypasses the entire plugin. There's also a bypass switch for the 'classic' pultec section.
Il Pianista
2012 Sep 04
Not to be annoying.. :) but, are you sure you are really bypassing the mid-range on the pultec? Isn't the "on-off" button in the top left side of the plugin?
rubentirado
2012 Aug 21
Thank you Mr. Fab..... Great
darrendrums
2012 Jun 04
Fantastic, straight talking tutorial again:-) Would love to see one's on drums, acoustic bass , brass etc, especially with the common problem area's of EQ for each instrument?! Best Darren
jam92189
2012 May 22
wow this helped alot many thanks
rayhill
2012 May 21
FAB~!!!!! YOUR LIKE JEDI MASTER!!!!! MASTER FAB~~
bun102
2012 Mar 06
Hey Fab,Thanks to you Bro. I just bought your Vocal EQ video,and it totally improved my understanding of vocal. I just mixed the best vocal of my life!!! lol Thnx man. Good Stuff
carter1210
2012 Feb 26
This is great, I knew a lot of it already, but wasn't sure on some parts. Essential info that will be with you for life, I'm glad I invested in this video.
android
2012 Feb 13
Very good video!
WeMakeRecords.ca
2012 Feb 06
I rally enjoyed this tutorial. This video reminded me how important it is to get the sound right (correct) at the source. Therefore, if I find myself needing to cut more than 3db to fix, or boost more than 1.5 db to enhance...I have most likely chosen the wrong mic or mic pre for the job. Thanks FAB!
bigtree
2012 Jan 22
Watched the whole thing, very well done, highly recommended!
dcherouny
2012 Jan 20
Fab you get great clarity with the vocals without it sounding harsh! Amazing
TaskUno
2012 Jan 17
Wow. Lots of little things in here that are often overlooked and yet really important. The chart was really helpful too! I'm loving this site man and more so how much my stuff is sounding better because of it. Keep em' coming!
Dave Zerio
2012 Jan 17
The frequency chart in this video is EXTREMELY useful! Screenshot - Print - Memorize. Everyone needs to see/hear this video!
robrob
2012 Jan 17
Magic. Just magic.
tom12333
2012 Jan 17
Fab could You tell me: why do You compensate loss of dbs with fader not using gain in eq?
johnboy10
2012 Jan 02
Lets have it then :-)
bun102
2011 Dec 31
i check here everyday now just to see if its out already. Cant wait Fab
kedavis
2011 Dec 29
Looking forward to this also.
bun102
2011 Dec 23
Kiant Wait for this
Stone
2011 Dec 22
I cannot wait for this to be released!!!!!
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