Special Effects and Creative Processing for Vocals

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Create Your Own Signature Vocal Sound

Identifying the subtle effects used on your favorite records can be near impossible, everything is already blended together. You know there’s something in the mix that’s helping the vocal stand out but you can’t put your finger on it.

It’s probably one of these audio magic tricks, some unique blend of special effects.

In this tutorial Fab Dupont shows you how to make your vocal tracks special with these classic special effects. Explore the tricks that professional engineers use to give vocals body, depth, width and magic.

Learn several classic tricks and get inspired to find your own unique combinations of effects:

  • Harmonizers
  • Doublers
  • Distortion
  • Crazy Reverbs
Equipment & Software
  • Antares Harmony EFX
  • Soundtoys Devil-Loc Deluxe
  • Waves Doubler 2
  • Sonnox Oxford EQ
  • Softube TSAR-1
  • Avid Dyn3 Compressor/Limiter & Expander/Gate
Featured Music

The Arrows - Prisoner on iTunes or Spotify

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Fab Dupont

Fab Dupont is an award-winning NYC based record producer, mixing/mastering engineer and co-founder of

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 received many accolades around the world, including wins at the Victoires de la Musique, South African Music awards, Pan African Music Awards, US independent music awards. He also has received Latin Grammy nominations and has worked on many Latin Grammy and Grammy-nominated albums.


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2022 Sep 20
2022 Apr 18
Fab is referring the "how to use reverb on vocal tracks" video to show some sidechain and gate stuff on the long reverb. i really like the long reverb itself, but can't find the video" how to use reverb on vocal tracks" anyone got it?
2020 Apr 28
2017 Nov 06
Is it possible to get the dub- effect without buying the Harmonizer plugin? I have cubase 9 and native komplete ultimate.
2017 Jan 14
Thank u . You are the Boss
2016 Dec 15
This trick with the compressor and the VOX KEY is AWESOME!!! So cool!!!
2016 Dec 14
Wonderful tekkers!
2016 Jun 06
I always learn so much more than what I expected to learn. Fab is so good at giving you the Hows and Whys; that you really get it and can apply what you've learned to so many other situations. Thank you!
2016 Jan 09
What do you think about this for live performance ? Harmony EFX + Waves Doubler (+ Soundtoys Microshift ?) Is it often used ? Efficient ? Thanks
2016 Jan 01
GREAT! Appreciate the insight! Great tricks to have in the toolbox.
2015 Dec 30
Nice one Fab. @Trovadormusic, you can send your signal to a bus and select the bus with side chain on your plug-in. Not all plugins have side chain though
2015 Dec 06
Great video, does the "key" exist in Logic Pro X? Or how would you do that trick in Logic?
2015 Oct 14
FAB is a great teacher! Entertaining and extremely knowledgeable treats the audio mixing topics like a true artisan and craft master of sound! This video was a pleasure to watch. Finally, learned how to put a subtle harmony effect together without it sounding stringent of weird! The waves doubler is explained in great detail on setting it up to give better results! It gives detailed examples and he repeats the process for the slower observer, which is probably me! The sections on gating are worth the price of admission! I'm a Pensado fan and now I think I just became a FAB fan...Good job!
2015 Sep 19
Oh Yea. You are hero.
2015 Sep 19
Excellent Fab Thank You
2015 Aug 25
Hip tips for hot hits! :) This is a killer set of tips and instructions. Thank you!
2015 Jul 20
2015 Jun 17
This is a great tutorial, Have you planed to do a "part 2"? I'm really interested in producing/mixing pop vocals, so I'd like more more more Thank you very mucho
2015 May 27
Wow! Good! Good! Fabulousus! Thanks Fab!
2015 May 25
very nice just what i been looking for
2015 May 11
im not going to lie i dont know where you got the vocal key from or how you set it up
2015 May 05
Once I saw the video, I knew exactly what I needed to do for my next mix.
2015 Apr 23
This kind of things will make the difference between a sound engineer and music director/producer for ever...
2015 Apr 21
One of the best yet. Thanks Fab...I am learning so much from your site. It was really opened up my understanding and I'm looking at each of my plugs and hardware in a new light. Thanks again.
Marco Koch
2015 Apr 21
Thanks, very helpful!
2015 Apr 21
Fantastic video FAB!