Somehow mastering vocals in FL Studio is dead easy. But belief you are limited by logic you will create somehow a problem for yourself.
Remember to first denoise properly your vocals:
Apply this structure for vocals:
Fruity Limiter: “Use the Gain”, remember to use Fruity Limiter default preset! As well for Maximus, “if you rather would use that compressor” you might need to as well check with the bands if they do not clip your sound. If the volume of vocals is above 0dB.
When you gain up in Limiter at max hitting only limit once in your track, or else you will create distortion on your vocals. Some strange clipping will occur on phones as well. The CEIL option can be used to avoid the limiting which is a hard clip to increase value beyond 0dB.
We recommend Maximus for vocals as the compressor nearly has better gain propulsion.
Try adding some different Eq solutions:
Eq -6dB from start to around 1000Hz. You can do as slowly to even 350Hz.
But most times a vocal needs to be lowered at these frequencies. Because of especially Resonance.
But the limiter gain eq limiter gain will cause these levels higher, but first resonance removal is needed. And the reduction of these levels can in overall be gained up again. The more you reduce these levels the less harsh they will sound after a gain.
If you are not good working on Parametric Eq 2 you can choose to use TDR SlickEQ “unique VST” to remove 224Hz center resonance for about 6dB to even 9dB. Often a high level of 100-1000Hz is a bad sounding level, and measure that by how much your vocals lose in power and how much noise you remove.
To avoid your vocals to play with basses, put on a 40Hz cut preset with Parametric Eq 2, and drag it to your lowest sounding bass level. To avoid problems with vocals playing with any bass
Now you need to set your s letters shh words to perfect superb cool levels. That way you need to set it ready at this;
Use Maximus and on High-Frequency band set your cut like the envelope in the picture. Rember to make it soft clipping so you avoid distortion: And Turn always off 20Hz LOW CUT:
You might want to get an addition of more leveled levels of your S letter, so set as of example BANDS in Maximus to around 2kHz of the high frequencies “bands”! Most people sing higher frequencies, but some have bassy vocal, and you need to set the bands to around 2kHz. These 2kHz levels are not fixed by SPITFISH. So Maximus might be the best solution to this.
You should try using Maximus to remove with the above envelope the deessing proposition, and it will reduce your bad levels of f and s letters highly enough to sound better in the recording. The compression is specifically done to press all your sounds into one specific height.
Deessing is essential for your music, as it can sound harsh to anyone, as high frequency creating problem to mostly all listeners and that avoids one listener to listen to your track.
Now you might want to use a plugin that is not in the collection if you still have s letter problems:
But after removal of the frequencies as compression with Maximus, you can slightly then after the Maximus reduce about 2 to even 4 dB of your most hitting shh tss letters with Parametric EQ 2 from around where you see the dense colorization of words appear as your track plays. That is to reduce more of the problematic sounding levels on nearly all recordings.
Use a plugin called SPITFISH: Download: SPITFISH at loopswag.com 500kb
Remember to set SPITFISH to Stereo – Then Gain sense at 4k with a depth not too hard to avoid many problems as removing too many high frequencies. If you have a higher level of frequencies by the vocals you might need to set the tune to 8k or even 12k. But most even have at 4k. Sense needs actually to be higher, and depth needs to be lower, the higher the depth the higher removal of higher frequencies will occur and your vocals might sound empty.
TIP: The more sense is better than the more depth you use with SPITFISH.
Remember that your sound needs to be under 0dB to use Spitfish or else you get super problems! Like distortion as well. Remember that as often is needed to know if you do a remastering to a track, then limiting will occur to the track. But Maximus can soft clip to 0dB your vocals and you might then use SPITFISH as the next plugin.
Now you might wanna turn your vocals lighter up around 1000Hz-3000Hz. As well as gaining more high frequencies using a tool called DeepPurple. It is also used on master as well on vocals. For those who master tracks that are needed really mad. As you gain with the mid GAIN2.
You can as well use gaining with Parametric EQ 2 of around 1dB up around specific of vocals 1000-3000Hz. But often it can cause a bigger problem than the clean increase deep purple does.
So you set Q lower most times when gaining, And High Q when lowering the sound!
Q is the range.
Download: ModernDeepPurple at loopswag.com 1.5mb
Now you should put on a Hibert out with this plugin; of your vocals to sound more stereo, but it is advised to check quality it delivers, otherwise, you might want to turn the process down using the handler to the right of the input level of the plugin as in all plugins like volume button:
“Using Hibert out might cause a different problem to your vocals, and it is only adviced to use if specific your vocals might sound good with the option.” If you use reverb you might not need this processing.
Tip with this knob of plugin mix is to set it to 50% to even 25%:
That makes them super Stereo flip cool but often it’s bad but be aware how you do it!
Download: freqshifter64 at loopswag.com 500kb
Now you should edit your vocals somehow with more EQ?
You can run your vocals higher at the end with Fruity Limiter gain?
You might want to use different solutions for stereo feel. Stereo Shaper can somehow change the delay of the vocals of the right or left side, not always that that is a good solution. But it can really hit the difference of stereo field and your placement of your vocal. Stereo tools often aren’t the best solution unless you do stick to reverb solution.
You might go dead down to doing different cool processing for your vocals – Therefore we have packed two plugins called SQEncode and QSEncode:
You might want to set them to around as in the picture to mix level of 10%:
That is a different option if freqshifter isn’t working for you!
That way you get easier to set the vocals in the right stereo feel. But not always this is even the best.
A very good tip for your recording is to use as little as possible power of effects, that can be done as above. Of the mix level of the plugin. That way you can change effect proposition for your vocals.
But a very good tip is to use your hand around the microphone head if you got a dynamic microphone. To record less reverb. As well as some socks for your microphone to avoid noise from computer fan or more reverb sound to sit with your recording.
Since recording with dynamic microphone is possible, it will get studio quality. But are lacking frequencies above 4000Hz, with a bad microphone. Therefore you might need to use plugins which can enhance the higher frequencies by something called excitement. The plugins for that have been made by Terry West but are not long that available, there are different processing to use Antress plugins to mask more frequencies out in the progression. You might want to seek upon unlogic treatment for your vocals.
Terry West plugins that excite the high frequencies are called CS4 and CS12-M these plugins will most often create masking of higher frequencies making them sound more stronger in the higher frequencies.
Download: CS4 & CS12M at loopswag.com
Tip with Maximus: Set your vocal at a curve with the green envelope to edit it as a curve. That way you achieve a soft clip on your vocal. If your vocal is distorted it will somehow make it less distorted. But that’s not the most important thing. It will gain your vocals. With the PRE option to gain with. As you see this vocal has gained much more than specific. And plays to around -6dB.
The envelope is needed to be added to -4.7dB and then most likely your vocals will be around -6dB in height as of sound level as you achieve a curved envelope to around -6dB. That is enough for a track, and you might not need higher levels with vocals as of FL 12 and FL 20. With FL 11 you still would need 0dB vocals.
Your vocals don’t often need to be more than -6dB in your track. If it does your levels of the track are too high. Setting lower levels of mid is often a good thing to do for a track. Remember to turn off the LOW CUT.
So, by all means, you need to compress your vocals as the above option, to avoid the low sounding levels to be sounding low. That compression to around -6dB is most essential as last part of your vocals in the mixer, and you should use this as the ending option.
You can as well use Maximus to gain with rather than with Limiter, but then again you need to EQ down your levels more and more than again to gain them. Sometimes a reduction will reduce certain levels of your vocals. Most likely you do not want to reduce 1000-3000Hz of your vocals. As these levels are 100% clean mostly in all recordings, and if you do a record with Hard Clipping they surely will sound distorted. If they do not, most often they are clean.
There is an option to clean your vocals more through roughly by finding the specific notch level of your vocals. The sound of the bell will describe for you the highest level, and do change it to the opposite as the next picture. You will understand this as dragging the handler from left to the right to indicate the highest bell sound level.
Using around 5-10 of these Parametric EQ 2 processings your vocals will most likely be more cleaned. And will sound more professional. But if your vocals already have its good sound level this process isn’t that needy.
There is more solution by affecting your vocals by reducing the harsh levels, but be known that the reduction is only done by harsh levels.
By reduction from 100-1000Hz of your vocals, you can somehow gain them back again with Maximus or Fruity Limiter, and the removal of resonance will be surely done by how much you reduce and in overall how much you gain.
Bass vocals will sound much more polite and pleasant as soon as you reduce the resonance in the vocals. The reduction of sound level can as well become -30dB and you gain up to a level of nearly -6dB the bass levels your reduction of resonance would be accordingly by the percent of how much you reduce and how much you gain up back again.
When your recording is just this:
You do not need to normalize the track, sometimes normalize will cause distortion. But you can as well with Maximus or Fruity Limiter gain up to even 0dB with gain and without making the track to sound actually bad. But that is needed after then to reduce some levels that are with a higher power of noise.
The recording does not always need to be -6dB to even 0dB. Try to avoid recording at the highest possible level to avoid your vocals being distorted by a hard clip.
Thought these above vocals became studio recording in the end, just by the use of Fruity Limiter or Maximus gain, as well as through rough removal with denoise was done.
There is the magic you can do with the use of intellectual use of gain which often causes unlogic thinking to become as you do compressor gain. You might believe you are creating a huge increase of noise, but in the end, it does not matter. Since the gain is specific to even gain 60dB without creating any huge problems for you.
The last tip!:
To reduce the reverb of your recording you might want to remove certain levels of side frequencies in your recording. But they will become very mono. And sometimes artists fill their vocals with reverb unless the room isn’t acoustic fixed, or unless you don’t hold your hand around the head of the microphone, these vocals often are dead hard to fix. But you need to find these plugins often which does change out the side frequencies of the track. That can be either CS12 by Terry West and even ModernMonoizer by Antress. There are still other plugins which can remove Side Frequencies.