When only 1 lead vocal track is available, and you want to mimic some double tracking up the center, or have some doubles moved out wide … how do you guys do it? Ideally, there’d be variation in pitch and timing of the doubled track with regard to the original, like a “real life” doubled track … has anyone tried making microchanges in VariAudio to get effect?
To start it off … for up the center fake “double tracking” (as if the singer sang it twice), I use SoundToys Microshift, blending it in with the dry lead vocal. It actually doesn’t quite mimic the sound of double tracking (there’s a small stereo effect, and I’m not sure there is variability in pitch or how early or late the “harmony” voice is), but it does a nice job of making the centered lead vocal sound nice IMO.
If I really want to go for the full double track effect (variability in pitch/timing compared to the dry lead) I use RevoicePro 3. That also lets me keep it entirely mono, but to be honest, that’s never been a big deal either way for me. It tends to sound phasy unless the fader is pulled down on that “double-track”, but otherwise it sounds good.
For the kind of doubling where “double, triple, and quadruple” tracks etc. are placed way out on the stereo field at lower volume, Microshift isn’t helpful because it widens only a few degrees as far as I can tell, it can’t throw stuff way out their on the periphery. For that, I also use RevoicePro 3. It has a stereo preset, so if all I want is two “double tracks” out their, I can do it in one run. But if I want to vary the panning with 3 or 4 voices, or maybe process each voice separately, I do multiple mono runs with RVP3, and then pan/process each one separately as needed. I also like the fact that I can modulate how much the “double” track timing and pitch vary from the dry track. It’s not an earthshaking difference, but it does sound more natural to me than a fixed offset (haven’t checked to see how much confirmation bias there is in there!).
I have an old TC Helicon VoiceOne digital box … it has been great for me … but I think it’s gotten to the point where the combination of Microshift and RevoicePro 3 have maybe made it obsolete … although the VoiceOne box is cool to use (S/PDIF, lots of programming flexibility, etc.), the ease of the plug-in world is making me wonder if I’m going to be packing it up for good soon … .
What do you guys do for doubling when you can’t get real “doubled” tracks laid down?
Thanks for any thoughts!