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Into The Lair - Dave On Vocals

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    Vocal Mixing with EQ, Compression, and Effects Pt. 1

    Mixing engineer Dave Pensado takes you through his technique using EQ, Compression, and Effects on vocal recordings in the 32nd episode of Into The Lair from Pensado’s Place.

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    Vocal Mixing with EQ, Compression, and Effects Pt. 2

    Dave takes you through his technique using EQ, Compression, and Effects on vocal recordings in the 33rd episode of Into The Lair from Pensado’s Place.

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    Mixing Pro Lead Vocal Tracks

    In this video, Dave goes over some of his favorite techniques for getting a professional lead vocal sound in the 50th episode of Into The Lair from Pensado’s Place.

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    Mixing Background Vocals

    Dave shows some of his methods of mixing background vocals in the 63rd episode of Into The Lair from Pensado’s Place.

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    Mixing Background Vocals

    In this video, Dave shows you some techniques to gain clarity and definition between the multiple elements of your vocal mix in the 112th episode of Into The Lair from Pensado’s Place.

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    Mixing Vocals with Parametric EQs

    Dave shows you techniques using the bandwidth of your parametric EQs that can be used to achieve better sounding vocals in the mix in the 103rd episode of Into The Lair from Pensado’s Place.

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    Manipulating Top End on Vocal Tracks

    Mixing engineer Dave Pensado goes over his techniques for enhancing and working with top end (high-frequency) in a mix in the 49th episode of Into The Lair.

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    Vocal EQ Techniques

    Dave shows a technique to get your vocal tracks to cut through the mix by manipulating the low end in the 82nd episode of Into The Lair from Pensado’s Place.

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    A New Idea for Vocal Delays

    In this video, Dave shows a new idea to get great sounding vocal delays for your tracks in the 83rd episode of Into The Lair from Pensado's Place.

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    Mixing Vocals for Earth, Wind & Fire

    Dave walks you through some vocal mixing techniques he used for a track on an Earth, Wind & Fire record in the 60th episode of Into The Lair from Pensado’s Place.

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    How to Fix Over De-Ess'd Vocals

    In this video, Dave shows you how to fix over-De-Ess’d vocals in the 85th episode of Into The Lair from Pensado’s Place.

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    Mixing Vocals

    Mixing engineer Dave Pensado shows you some techniques to help bring the energy of the vocal into focus through some unique methods in the 118th episode of Into The Lair from Pensado’s Place.

Product Overview


Curated from the free Into The Lair (ITL) video tutorial series, Grammy Award–winning mix engineer Dave Pensado bestows his tips and techniques from years of recording vocals. The vocal sound in a production can be the differentiator between an amateur and a pro-level mix, and in these vocal-focused ITL episodes Dave covers the ins and outs of mixing your vocals.

Dave goes over EQing lead vocals to fit in your mix, getting background vocals to blend perfectly, understanding how to use compression to make a vocal jump out and mixing vocals using various types of EQ, compression and effects.

Dave then covers fixing “over de-ess’d” vocals, manipulating the top end on vocals, incorporating delay effects onto your vocals and applying vocal mixing techniques that Dave used for the legendary group Earth, Wind & Fire.

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Into The Lair - Dave On Vocals is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 5 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Outstanding Lesson This right here is the secret sauce and it can open doors to experiment and create outsatanding vocal mixes
Date published: 2021-06-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Wonderful to watch Always great to watch a real master at work. Throughly enjoyable and revealing insights.
Date published: 2020-10-09
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Always love listening to Dave. Got started in mixing from this man, great to see these againg.
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from this guy rocks I can't name one person in the world that has had more of an impact on my professional career than Dave. His team (including Herb) are top notch and the complete transparency in his tutorials are truly a gift from the gods!
Date published: 2017-05-14
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Dave Pensado I think this is a good format for the 'Into The Lair' series. Dave is one of the real guys in the big chair and many of us, if not all, could learn things from him and/or think about different ways to accomplish mixing tasks. Don't let the laid back delivery fool you, because he will say in one sentence what will take you an hour or hours to experiment with.
Date published: 2016-03-13
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