Firefly Secret Mixter Remixes!
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How I Did It

Think of Nothing
by Jeris
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Sun, Jan 25, 2015 @ 5:03 PM

Samples are used in:

 

Tools I Used

AbletonLive
Celemony Melodyne
Izotope Nectar
Izotope Ozone
Alicia's Keys VST

Samples I Used

"Winding Into Gone"
by Orrisroot


"Heist Loop"
by Martijn de Boer (NiGiD)

Process

Question was asked in the comments about how the vocals were processed:

1. First I try to cut and arrange the vocals in Ableton without any time or pitch manipulation at all.

2. Then I use Melodyne to manipulate time, pitch, formant, modulation, etc.

3. For harmonies, I create a double, change the pitch, then add random pitch drift and random time offsets. As Copperhead pointed out, I really should have found a second take and used that (if available)instead of creating a harmony from the same sample. But if it isn’t available the offsets can create a believable harmony…sometimes. Even if it isn’t a harmony doing this will sometimes add more depth to vocals. Sounds weird and flangy when you listen to it on its own…but in the mix it sounds better…sometimes. I wonder if I forgot the offsets on this. I usually get better results.

4. Then I add a vocal effect from Izotope Nectar. I actually just use a free version so I have to record the track as audio in sections because it stops after about 30 seconds. I really need to just buy it. I think I used a folk preset on this one, I don’t remember. On harmonies, I usually use a second Nectar preset.

5. Finally I added an additional vocal effect on both vocal tracks. I used “Vocal Compressor-3 Band” from Izotope Ozone 4”…which I do own. I turned the reverb up to 3.3