Occasionally, I’m asked to “double” the vocals as a session singer. I want to talk about doubling here for a minute because there are some important things to note about the process!
What is Doubling?
Doubling is a term for singing the same track twice. If you’re hiring me to sing your song, you may want doubles because it makes the song sound thicker/fuller. You don’t have to do this (and sometimes it’s too much for the song, such as a piano ballad or something), but it’s worth mentioning because it’s not something I do unless someone asks for it.
Why don’t you just do it if they might use it?
I am not a fan of wasting time, mine or anyone else’s. I have a deadline to get the song done, and I’m usually doing leads, harmonies and editing everything so if a double isn’t requested, I won’t do it. However, if someone asks I’ll totally do it for no extra cost, so be sure to ask if you want it for your track!
How do I get my session singer to do a great double?
One important note about doubling: it should be similar in emotional tone to the original. I’ve heard tracks where the performer sounds excited and energized on the original and relaxed on the double (or vice versa) and it sounds weird. Also, if you have two tracks with the same emotional intensity and you like one take better, you can easily swap it out without compromising the lead.
My session singer wants to charge extra for a double. What gives?
Some session singers will charge more for a double track. Some will do them both automatically. It’s important to ask up front if you need one. That way you don’t have any unexpected charges at the end of the session. It’s just about our policies, time, etc so everyone is different!
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