The first thing you're doing 'wrong' is that you're believing that there is a 'right'.
Copying a collection of plug-ins to your signal chain just because somebody else uses the
same is not the way.
*Listen* to your sound. What does it need? Is it not
bright enough? Maybe you need to use EQ. Is it too dynamic? Maybe you need to use
I see you're adding rap vocals over a pre-recorded backing -
this is like trying to add your own foreground characters onto a background painted by
somebody else. It's often not easy to make your vocal sound part of the backing.
From your video example...
You are running everything WAY too loud. Get a
gain plug-in and nail the backing down to peak around -10dBFS. When you record your vocal,
aim to peak no higher than -10dBFS. Red lights on your output buss are a no-no and your
audio interface will be sounding strained. There are a number of articles covering
recording and mixing levels in the SOS archives - search for them and read carefully.
At the moment your vocal is FAR too loud compared with the backing. I can also
hear no timing relation between your vocal and the backing; it's like someone talking
while a song just happens to be playing in the background. Maybe try a different backing
and pay attention to your performance to make it groove *with* the backing.
Hope something here helps. You just have to work at it a step at a time and learn your
craft - there's no 'make it sound good' trick or magic wand!
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