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A Free Fix for Vocal Plosive Problems and some News

November 3rd, 2011 | 15 Comments   « Previous  |  Episode 36  |  Next »

The episode shot in Vicenza Italy at Abnegat Records while recording the surrealist punk, pro, surf band Oopart, I show you a really easy and free way to deal with plosives in a vocal recording, talk about our solution for a busted Yamaha SPX-90, and fill you on some developments with my studio and Recording Boot Camp business.



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  1. Rob

    I love this stuff, Ronan. What a cool and simple trick to sort out that plosive!

    In Tape Op #85 Brian Eno interview, he talks about how he uses ‘crisis’ as creative opportunities often leading to a much more desired result. How true is that with the SPX 90 failure you experienced and what a neat resolution JC came up with. That guy is full of magical ideas!

    Hope you had a great time back in Vicenza, Ronan. Can’t wait to hear more about the new studio in L.A. and your expanding range of home recording education.

    Enjoy the road rally too!

    ATB, Rob.

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  2. Caleb Hawkins

    Hey Ronan the new digs look great!

    On the plosive repair trick, I find it funny that you feature this now on this show, because last night I was mixing a track for my new album and I had a vocal that I really liked… The energy was good and everything was in tune, but in one of the verses I had some issues with THREE plosives I almost thought I was going to have to throw out the track and re record it, which was going to be a bummer because I liked the energy and conviction that the vocal had, but again plosives really killed it, I ended up chopping up the section of plosives and threw three hipass filters, one on each issue and tuned them to take care of the issue, the best part? You can’t even hear it! and even better? It took less than 2 minutes to do it!

    Love the SPX90 fix, using the Bigsby worked great!

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  3. Luciano Gayoso

    Great show!!!!

    Love the bigsby trick!!!!

    Greetings from Argentina!!!

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  4. Brandon

    Wow, what an amazingly cheap and clever way to get rid of a plosive! Awesome.

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  5. Rick

    Yo RCM

    yet another great show!

    keep it up

    Rick

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  6. Brian Chapman

    Great tips. This reminds me of a “two man” solution that me and another guitarist did in the studio for an ebow part that required a note hammered on up high on the neck. Yep. The 2nd man hammered the note on, while the 1st kept the ebow going and played the lower register part. Sometimes one guy just doesn’t cut it!

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  7. Anthony Rochester

    Great show, I can’t believe I didn’t think of dealing with plosives like that!

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  8. Ronald Benoit Jr

    Awesome Ronan!!

    I would have never thought of the EQ! I learn so much from your video’s keep them coming. Hope your move goes smoothly.
    Ron

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  9. Lucas

    @5:33 HAHAHAHAA

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  10. Bam Dixon

    You’re lessons are fantastic…. My SPX90ii was hit by a flood, I miss it’s clean delays for writing vocals… The previous comments on “Eno’s crisis creative” factor, is a take on exactly what you were framing up…Thx for the lesson on patience….cheers, hope to see u in LA!

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  11. Music Production

    It’s awesome. Keep it up.

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  12. Tom Rastikis

    Hi Ronan,

    Thanks for the quick fix on plosives. I just used it this morning!

    I appreciate all the tips and the great content you provide.

    Your new place looks great!

    Thanks,

    Tom Rastikis

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  13. jalipaz

    Hey ronan thanks for taking time in ur extremely busy schedule it seems to do these fine videos.
    It took me awhile to watch the video as ive been pretty busy myself but its funny i didnt watch it till now because the other day i had a sibilance problem. When i used digital performer and i had a sibilance problem or plosive problem i would fix it like u suggest here. Now i use logic and there doesnt seem to be a way to add an effect to just a region or part of a region. Does anybody have any idea how to do this in logic. Ive tried just automating a hi-pass filter but alot of times it makes a click when the eq automates on and off.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    thanks
    -jalipaz
    please feel free to email if anyone has a suggestion: jaulen(at)msn(dot)com

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  14. Nick

    I swear I was just dealing with this problem. That’s for the tip, going to try it out and see what I can come up with. Automating the vocal definitely does not solve the problem. It just muddies up the vocal. Thanks Ronan for the tip!

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  15. Justice Constantine

    Thank you so much for your video. I love that creativity with the whammy bar won the battle over expensive equipment.

    Justice Constantine

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