I used to think vocal ambience (reverbs and delays) were an either or choice.

Either have reverb on the vocal or not. Either have a long or short delay.

Over the years I’ve learned to better harness vocal ambience as a tool to tell a story and enhance the arrangement of the song.

Today, I want to show you an example of what I call the Vocal Ambience Arc.

Much like a story arc that has a beginning, middle, and end, vocal reverbs and delays can evolve throughout the course of a song and help bring the listener deeper in.

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