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    Uh oh. Any way to fix a vocal where the mic is being cupped like a set of....

    I'm working on reviving/remixing some old material and the singer/screamer, 90% of the time was very clearly cupping the mic like his life depended on it. Any pointers for getting rid of some of the "cupped" sound via EQ or some other method? It just sounds very "congested" for lack of a better word (that I can think of). It's also clipping like a barber.

    Bonus points for methods involving the use of Logic and Slate plugins as that's what I have!

    I've posted a raw unprocessed track too(aside from the vocalist's own hand processing)
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    Default Re: Any way to fix a vocal where the mic is being cupped like a set of....

    I'm working on reviving/remixing some old material and the singer/screamer, 90% of the time was very clearly cupping the mic like his life depended on it. Any pointers for getting rid of some of the "cupped" sound via EQ or some other method? It just sounds very "congested" for lack of a better word (that I can think of). It's also clipping like a barber.

    Bonus points for methods involving the use of Logic and Slate plugins as that's what I have!

    I've posted a raw unprocessed track too(aside from the vocalist's own hand processing)
    Do any of those plugins have a "de-swoggle" function?
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    Default Re: Any way to fix a vocal where the mic is being cupped like a set of....

    Good luck, there's probably no real trick besides the obvious (eq, maybe some distortion.)

    Maybe it's possible to sort of embrace the sound (a little) somehow?
    Just kind of let it be a thing..... Maybe? Maybe not...

    Run a telephone filter on it, in parallel. Mix them together (while probably still eq'ing the original.)

    Dunno.
    Good luck.
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    Default Re: Any way to fix a vocal where the mic is being cupped like a set of....

    I'm with the long-necked critter.

    I'm not sure WHY you feel you have to alter it(for clarity)?

    Out of context it's impossible to know how to start to answer the question.

    See... To me, this could easily be an entirely usable heavy vocal track.

    I dunno.

    Lemme hear it in context.

    I suspect I'd be getting it MORE distorted to smooth out the phrase entrances and tails.

    Which could be a modest PITA without obliterating intelligibility, but should be eminently possible.

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    Default Re: Any way to fix a vocal where the mic is being cupped like a set of....

    Do any of those plugins have a "de-swoggle" function?

    That's my hope.


    Good luck, there's probably no real trick besides the obvious (eq, maybe some distortion.)

    Maybe it's possible to sort of embrace the sound (a little) somehow?
    Just kind of let it be a thing..... Maybe? Maybe not...

    Run a telephone filter on it, in parallel. Mix them together (while probably still eq'ing the original.)

    Dunno.
    Good luck.
    I'm with the long-necked critter.

    I'm not sure WHY you feel you have to alter it(for clarity)?

    Out of context it's impossible to know how to start to answer the question.

    See... To me, this could easily be an entirely usable heavy vocal track.

    I dunno.

    Lemme hear it in context.

    I suspect I'd be getting it MORE distorted to smooth out the phrase entrances and tails.

    Which could be a modest PITA without obliterating intelligibility, but should be eminently possible.

    Hey! It's why ya need a lyric sheet for heavy records.

    HOHOHO, but not really.

    SM.
    Awesome, thanks guys. I guess I needed to hear it's a workable track as is. I was working with adding more distortion and hair to it, but as Slipperman posited, yes, it was even more unintelligible.

    I'll see what I can do about getting a track with everything intact up at some point soon to see how far up the suckomatic scale I am.
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    Default Re: Any way to fix a vocal where the mic is being cupped like a set of....

    Just mix it like this:




    EDIT: Although really, the dumbass "screamo" thing is pretty much done AFAIC. The misfits' horrible recording and mixing was much better.

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