I’m specifically shopping for a reverb plugin for voice, but I figured that we can talk about the whole vocal chain for live performances in Gig Performer.
In my specific application, I’ve got my main vocal chain in the global rackspace with a local send. I start with some compression and EQ (and maybe a gentle autotune?), then it sends to the local rackspace for any song-specific effects. Finally, it’s back to the global rackspace for my basic reverb. I expect to make the delay (and maybe the mix) accessible from the parts/variations, so I can adjust it for tempo.
In my specific use case, I’m a bad, old baritone. My vision is to do popular songs from the 60s/70s/80s with limited range that can be done in a laid back way, sing them an octave lower than the originals, and be chill. Not that I have his resonant voice, but think “Leon Redbone” with electric guitar, MIDI keyboard, and backing tracks.
My goal for the main vocal chain is to get a baseline and fill things in. (I need all the help I can get.) For reverb, I want something that’s warm and natural. My goal is to make it not too noticeable - until you remove it, so I’ll be gentle with the controls. I might use it with a compressor and side chain, so it fills the silence without muddying the lines.
Zero latency, please. Light enough for live, but I might use it for studio recordings too, so I want good quality. (My Boss pedal emulation isn’t going to cut it.)
I know that Waves doesn’t officially support GP, and some of their plugs didn’t behave well, but I’m going to demo their Abbey Road Chambers product. BTW, they just released V13, for whatever that’s worth.
All recommendations for the vocal chain (and especially the reverb) welcome.