#1
I'm recording vocals for a song and am not sure how to record a particular effect. What I'm going for is the whole band yelling a phrase in unison, like on earlier AFI albums or a lot of other punk stuff. Any ideas on how that should be recorded, in terms of mike placement etc? Should I multi-track it one member at a time, or have everyone recorded simultaneously? Any suggestions would be welcome.
#2
they're called gang vocals and when i've recorded them we all stood in a circle around the mic and did it that way and then you can double that if you want
#3
Gang vocals eh? Cool. I wasn't even sure what to call them. I'll give that a try. How far away were you from the mic? I'm guessing at least a few feet?
#4
Quote by Axe_Burner
Gang vocals eh? Cool. I wasn't even sure what to call them. I'll give that a try. How far away were you from the mic? I'm guessing at least a few feet?


Mix it up, have some closer, some further away. Do it a few times in different positions and mix them all together if you want the crowd to sound bigger.
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#5
I record 3 or 4 takes of the band. Each take they stand in different positions around my condenser, which I usually place towards the center of my room.

For mixing, I pan out and blend the takes and then usually buss to a small reverb, depending on the vibe of the mix and desired effect of the gang vox.
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#6
Depending on the overall effect you're looking for, you can try a few other things too:

-try recording it in a stairwell or a bathroom or something to get some natural reverb.
-compress the living f**k out of them, hype the highs and roll off most of the lows and mids for that that whispy "def leppard" style
-add some chorus to it. It is, after all, a chorus!!
-all of the above

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#7
Excellent. You guys have given me a lot of good ideas to try out. Thank you so much!