Producing vocals to stand out in the mix is never an easy process. Luckily, in the last decade, many vocal enhancement plugins emerged, ranging from channel strips and equalizers to special processing units. Conventional Harmonic Exciter effects and Enhancers are capable tools for juicing up the vocals. However, they are quite infamous for their side effects. These range from listening fatigue to sound artifacts, and the results often sound harsh and artificial. Pursuing this further, we will cover the Noveltech Vocal Enhancer plugin in this tutorial. It is based on the groundbreaking and patent-pending IAF technology that is also at the core of Noveltech’s renowned Character™ Plug-In.
Noveltech Vocal Enhancer
So, in the next tutorial, I will guide you thru Noveltech Vocal Enhancer interface and show you a few practical examples. For this tutorial, I have chosen an Eastern-influenced vocal line. It sounds a bit muddy, and I am sure that the mentioned plugin will help with that. So, we will start by adding a fresh instance of Noveltech Vocal Enhancer to the audio channel within the SoundBridge: DAW which contains the vocal line.
Upon opening of the Noveltech Vocal Enhancer, we can see a simple and straightforward looking interface. There are not too many controls and the engine is primarily concentrated on what it should be, the processing of the vocals. The IAF process behind the Noveltech Vocal Enhancer boosts the material’s “desired” characteristics dynamically, instead of statically boosting certain frequency areas like an EQ – or artificially adding harmonics like a conventional Enhancer. As IAF continually adapts to the source material, the processing results are way superior. And the sound remains natural, even when applying more than just a little.
The interface contains a couple of sections that I’ll cover below.
- Strong Processing button
- Focus Frequency: Sets the processing focus within the high and low filter settings. As Vocal Enhancer influences multiple frequencies, it is hard to label this with exact frequencies – have a look at the display for feedback on the ranges affected.
- Enhancement: This sets the amount of processing. Unlike with conventional methods, there won’t be any ear-fatigue, so if it sounds good, it is good!
- Enhancement Meter: Meter displaying the amount of overall enhancement in real time.
- Enhancement Display: FFT display, showing the amount of processing over the frequency range from 1 kHz to 20 kHz in real time.
- Low/High Filter Borders & Resonance Parameters: These lines may be moved to narrow or widen the frequency range of the processed part of the signal. What’s more, the dry signal will not be cut or affected by setting them. The filter section below displays the exact settings.
These would be the two primary sections. Besides this, there is a dedicated filter, metering and preset sections which we will not cover in particular. Now let’s hear this awesome plugin in action. First, we will check how the unprocessed vocal sounds. Then we’ll check out the processed. Finally, listen to the context with other instruments in the compact arrangement which I have previously made.
~ Vocal – Unprocessed