What Are Stacks?
When you are learning how to rap it’s only a matter of time before you set foot in a studio to start recording. If you are new to recording then chances are you may not be familiar with what stacks are. Stacks are also called “dubs” which is short for “double” which basically means you record your entire main vocals again on a separate track.
Why Use Them?
The reason this is such a common practice in recording studios is because recording stacks can give your vocals a bigger sound. Tho this is a very helpful technique for recording vocals it’s important to remember that recording stacks may not be necessary for every song. If you are recording a crunk track then stacks may be a great help to you but if your recording a very mellow track you may feel that the vocals sound better without the stack.
It’s key to remember that there is no right or wrong way to record stacks and at the end of the day you just want to do what is best for the track. However here are a couple of techniques that you may want to experiment with the next time you are in the studio.
Static Stacks: This type of stack is the most common and means that you simply rerecord what you previously did on your main vocal and try and get it to sound as close as possible to the original. The purpose of this stack is to just to add a little more body and fullness to your main vocal to give it a bigger sound. Depending on how this stack is mixed by the engineer will determine how subtle or how obvious this stack is to the listener.
Diverse Stacks: This type of stack is basically doing the opposite as the static stack. Instead of trying to record this stack exactly like your main vocal you want to try and figure out ways to switch up the tone, pitch or emotion while retaining the same time and cadence as the main vocal. This type of stack will add another layer of color to your vocals causing it to stand out more while remaining in time.
Stacks are typically background vocals which in essence are like backup singers for the lead artist. Their job is to support the main vocal so if you decide to add stacks to your main vocals make sure that it’s complimenting them and not taking away or being distracting.
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