Mini tutorial on how to unmix overdub vocals

This is a mini tutorial on how to unmix overdub vocals. These are vocals that may be playing at the same frequencies at the same time.

I couldn’t upload to youtube for OBVIOUS reasons but the link above is sufficient.


The vocal at 17:00 begins to sound very wooly after you did the reverb reduction.

Plus, it still sounds like s doubled voice…not sure if you were tutorializing how to separate unison singing so that the result sounds like 1 single voice. Of course, I was sort of flipping through the video…I didn’t do a linear watch from beginning to end.

It’s nice you’re putting time into stuff though. It (as you know) makes the skillset stronger over time…but…

Your comment at 20:00 or whatever… “I can keep working on this vocal till I have it right” reminds me of something…that I’ve learned anyway.

I find that with my own extraction work, I MUST periodically let outside ears hear my results while in the midst.

Otherwise, I can miss things because I’m so microscopically focused. And sometimes, it may be an edit I missed, etc that’s best corrected before extraction.

On your 17:00 wooly vocal…my thought was…the vocal two steps earlier sounds much better…so maybe I’ll leave that as is and shift my attention to some other element or tracks… the bass drums for a while (on an appropriate recording…or hammond b3…or whatever a particular song has happening.)

Not sure if I entirely understand you’re use of context when you mention the word “wooly” but if you meant vague or confused or you meant undefined then I will be happy to explain further.

The Intentions for the reverb reduction was for the vocal to sound as dry as possible(unmixing the overdub) as the part where he solo’d the vocal(thats at the 7 minute and 7 second mark of my video). So to reiterate. There are 2 parts where he solo’d the vocals and when he does that the vocals start to sound dry, the first part is at 7:07(mark of my video) and the second part is at 8:00(which would be the 7:35 mark of my video).

I would invite all to watch the entire youtube video (from my personal mini tutorial) and I would invite all to download the audio from that video so you can also follow along and learn. Unfortunately I was put in a position where I couldn’t link the video(fear of copyright violations) and therefore makes it difficult for the learner to follow along.

So in my mini tutorial, I compare 2 parts. I compare the part where the vocals are stacked/layered on top of each other(while playing in unison) and then I compared that part to the dry part(where he solo’d the vocal layer). When I used the reverb reduction, you can start to hear the vocal becoming dry(and you’re right! It’s not completely dry, its still wet a little bit, but it’s getting dryer) and you can continue to use reverb reduction to get the vocal dryer and dryer (so that it completely sounds like one voice). Also, you can use the unmix levels feature(where you can get a completely dry layer and a completely wet/noise layer) to balance out the noise profiles. So, the part where it sounds “wooly”(assuming you mean undefined in this context) can easily be defined by unmixing the levels and then using the noise layer to do reverb reduction again… From there, it’s a refining process.

In the youtube video (of my mini tutorial), the instructor demonstrates (somewhere between) 4-5 vocals stacked/layered on top of each other. In those 4-5 vocals that are stacked/layered on top of each other it seems like there may be 1 vocal layer that is playing in unison(might be a triplet, might be a quartet) in harmony at a different pitch at different frequencies. However there is a part where he solos the vocal and that part sounds dry. The reverb reduction process allows me to unmix the overdubs(unison vocals) to become dry(just as dry as the part where he solos the vocal).