DOUBLE TRACKING

The doubling of vocal or instrumental tracks in a multitrack recording process is referred to as Double Tracking. It is one of the most used vocal effects in popular music and has been used since the early 1960s. For example, Rap artist Eminem double-tracks almost every of his vocal tracks.

Double Tracking is no longer a spectacular sound, but has become a matter of course within a production process. For sound engineers and producers, double tracking effects are a standard tool to give voices a sense of space, depth and presence.

SOUNDSAMPLES

1963Andy Williams I Can't Get Used To Losing You
1966The BeatlesTomorrow Never Knows
1966The BeatlesDr. Robert
1966The BeatlesTaxman
1966The BeatlesEleanor Rigby
1967The BeatlesBeing For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite
1982Alan ParsonsEye In The Sky
1984Night RangerSister Christian
1981Hall & OatesI Can't Go For That
1983Mike SembelloManiac
1979Earth, Wind & FireAfter The Love Has Gone
2010EminemNot Afraid
2013Katy PerryRoar

DOUBLE TRACKING IN BOHEMIAN RAPSODY

INTERVIEWS

"A method to fatten up vocals"

– Luk Zimmermann

"... like a shadow"

– Boris Blank

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