This video shows just one way that you can use a couple of delays, instead of reverb, for the main vocal effects when mixing. For this song, I used a short diffuse delay to create a subtle ambient effect throughout the song. Then I used a longer echo that is brought up and down with automation throughout the song, at very low levels during the verses, and then louder during the choruses. I also ramp up the long delay during long held out notes to give them a longer tail.
The song is "Grow Old With Me" by Greg Adams and East Bay Soul, which I mixed for their "That's Life" CD. Vocals by Darryl Walker.
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