Start to Finish: Ill Factor - Episode 8 - Vocal Production Pt. 2

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The main vocal ideas are in place, with just a few spots to finesse and fill in. Once the takes are in place, ill adds processing and effects to the vocals to enhance each section and create atmosphere.

See how ill Factor:

  • Write the ending line of the pre-chorus
  • Stack harmonies on the pre-chorus
  • Explains which warping algorithm to use when adjusting vocals in Ableton Live
  • Discusses treating the vocals during production before mixing even when passing off to another engineer like Jimmy Douglass
  • Breaks down his thought process behind vocal processing and effects
  • Talks about listening to what the artist is naturally doing while listening to playback and adding those ideas during the vocal production
  • Sidechains delays and effects to the vocal to duck them while the vocal is happening and bloom when finished
  • Automates filters on the delays to add movement to the effect tail

Watch ill Factor, produce "Light Shine Through" from Jared Evan. Only on

Equipment & Software


  • Ableton Live Push 2
  • Dangerous Music D-BOX+
  • Focusrite Clarett 8pre
  • Novation Bass Station
  • Novation Impulse 49
  • Novation Launch Control XL
  • Warm Audio WA 73 EQ
  • Warm Audio WA 76 Compressor

Ableton Live Stock Plug-ins

  • Amp
  • Analog
  • Auto Filter
  • Chorus-Ensemble
  • Compressor
  • Delay
  • Drum Buss
  • Echo
  • EQ 8
  • Gate
  • Hybrid Reverb
  • Overdrive
  • Pedal
  • Redux
  • Reverb

3rd Party Plugins

  • Arcade by Output
  • FabFilter Pro Q
  • iZotope Vocal Synth 2
  • Native Instruments Guitar Rig 5
  • Nicky Romero Kickstart
  • Modo Bass
  • Native Instruments Kontakt
  • Plugin Alliance Maag EQ4
  • Roland Zenology
  • SoundToys LittleAlterBoy
  • Valhalla Room
  • Valhalla Vintage Verb
  • Waves DeEsser
  • Waves Doubler
  • Waves RCompressor
  • Waves Tune Real Time
  • XLN Audio Additive Keys
  • RC-20 Retro Color
  • UAD Teletronix LA-2A
  • XLN Audio XO
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ill Factor
Ivan Corraliza, professionally known as ill Factor, began creating music where most everyone begins, in the bedroom fueled by ambition and a dream to turn his hobby into a full-time job. Countless hours of music-making and tweaking led to some moments of frustration while trying to get his music noticed. However, everything changed when Ivan sought out a mentor and was blessed to be taken under the wing of Jimmy Douglass. Jimmy is a veteran in the music industry with more than forty-plus years of experience working with artists from Aretha Franklin to Justin Timberlake. He began sharing his network and insights into the Industry with Ivan, which helped Ivan create relationships with artists and industry professionals, turning his hobby of making music into a career.

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2021 Oct 09
When will the Spanish subtitles be available?
Castor X
2021 Sep 16
Thank you for this Ableton series-wonderful
2021 Jul 18
Yvan, master of the analogies! I'm now a huge fan (and user) of Ableton live. Dope! Thanks again for all that crazy stuff!
2021 Jul 16
Great vocal treatment. Simple and effective. Very explanatory as well. Watch until the end!