In the recent decade, the use of vocal chops has been gaining popularity. You can find examples in practically every genre of modern popular styles, but dance music is where you’re most likely to hear them. You’d find it hard to find a major producer who hasn’t used vocal chops at least in one of their tracks. In the following tutorial, we will show you an interesting way to layer your vocal chops with creative effects.

As usual, we prepared a short sequence in our SoundBridge: DAW. It includes most of the elements of a full mix including a previously made vocal chop sequence. Let’s listen to it solo and then in the context of the full mix.

This is a screenshot of my mix before applying any effects to the vocal chop sequence.
~Full Mix – Vocal Chop Sequence (Unprocessed)
~Vocal Chop Sequence – Solo

To begin processing our vocal chop, the first step would be to duplicate the existing channel and place it underneath the original.

This is a close-up screenshot of main and duplicated vocal chop channels.

Now, we will open the audio editor and pitch up the duplicate of the vocal chop by 12 semitones. Let’s hear how that sounds.

This is a close-up screenshot of the pitched-up vocal chop sequence.
~Vocal Chop Sequence – Pitched Up

Vocal chops processed with delay and other effects

Next, we will apply a delay effect to the pitched-up vocal chop sequence. In this instance, we’ll be using the vintage-inspired delay effect Tal-Dub. It can be used for various delay effects, from moderately distorted to extremely loud or endless delays. You can experiment with the settings, but in this case, we’ll use the built-in filter and a 1/8 delay time. Additionally, in order to create some movement, we will automate the damp parameter, which is essentially a low filter. It’s important to note that the mix needs to be 100% wet. Let’s hear how it sounds.

This is a screenshot of my mix and delay effect interface and automation applied to the pitched up sequence.
 ~Vocal Chop Sequence – Pitched Up + Delay

It could be useful to process our vocal chop sequence further with a glitch effect, for instance, to make it more interesting. For this task, we chose MRhytmizer by Melda. As its name suggests, it’s an effect that can introduce trance gates, tape stops, and many other glitch-type effects to produce different rhythms. The tabs on the interface’s main page allow you to assign various rhythmical patterns that have an impact on time, volume, and filter. As you can see from the image below, we have set up a basic pattern, shown on the right side. Let’s hear it.

This is a screenshot of my mix and slicer effect interface applied to the pitched up vocal chop sequence.
 ~Vocal Chop Sequence – Pitched Up + Delay & Slicer

Finally, after adjusting the volume of the processed vocal chop, let’s hear the full mix.

~Full Mix – Vocal Chop Sequence (Processed)

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