This article originally appeared on The Recording Revolution.
When it comes to mixing background vocals, there are two simple truths that can help us place them perfectly in the mix:
- Not every track can be the star of the show.
- Background vocals need their own space/sound.
The first truth tells us that not every vocal can be up front like a lead vocal. Background vocals specifically should be (in most cases) a bit less “in your face.”
The second truth tells us to be creative and intentional about how we treat background vocals – not assuming they are just “fine” as is.
In this video, I break down how to use tools like reverb, delay, and filters to help your background vocals sit perfectly in the mix and do their job well!