As a mixing engineer, I’m always looking for ways to improve my skills and push myself out of my comfort zone. That’s why today, we’re going to be doing something very special – a vocal mix using just stock plugins in Studio One.

Usually, I’m used to working with UAD and Waves plugins, so this will be a bit of a challenge for me. But I’m confident that with the right techniques and tools, we can still achieve a professional-sounding mix.

The song we’re working with today is by my buddy Cam Meekins. He’s given me a two-track beat with the verse vocals separated into double left and double right stems. I’ve set the tempo to 86 bpm and imported the stems into Studio One.

The first thing we need to do is listen to the vocal stems and come up with some ideas on how to make them cut through the mix. Since the vocals are panned double left and double right, I’ll assume that Cam wants them to stay that way. So, let’s take a listen and see what we’re working with.

After listening to the vocals, I’m already getting some ideas for how we can improve the mix. We could add some EQ to boost the high frequencies and bring out the vocal clarity. We could also use some compression to control the dynamics and make the vocals sit better in the mix.

Now comes the fun part – experimenting with the stock plugins in Studio One. I’ll use the Pro EQ, Compressor, and Limiter plugins to achieve the sound I’m looking for.

After some tweaking and adjusting, I’m really happy with how the vocal mix is sounding. The vocals are now clear, present, and sitting nicely in the mix without overpowering the beat.

Overall, I’m thrilled with how this vocal mix turned out using just stock plugins in Studio One. It just goes to show that with the right techniques and tools, you can achieve a professional-sounding mix without having to spend a ton of money on third-party plugins.

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