Re-amping is a production technique that is both a creative method used to inspire vocal new sounds, as well as a way to bring new life to a vocal track that may letting down the rest of your mix.
Vocals can be an important component for a lot of projects, and there are multitudes of different vocal styles and tones for every genre. Vocals are usually subjected to processing (such as EQ and compression) as they’re being recorded to capture the most desirable tone from the vocalist. Once vocals have been edited and layered with the rest of the mix, it can be found that original recording doesn’t sit so well in the mix with other tracks and instruments. Or… the character and tone is might want to be modified to meet a new creative objective.
The practice of re-amping involves taking the already recorded signal, routing it back out of a console or DAW and running it through external processing, before finally returning it into the editing or mixing environment. This type of processing provides opportunity to alter audio signals to enhance musicality, definition and musical identity, and add audio effects to an existing vocal recording.
Vocal signals can be processed through different types of amplifiers, speakers and effects units in addition to introducing other audio effects such as distortion, sonic filters, compression and harsh EQ for create effects. Common re-amping objectives may include musically motivated amplifier distortion, capturing room tone and resonance, applying effects and adding depth to stereo imaging.
This type of audio signal processing has very few boundaries: it can be used to both improve quality and musicality of any instrument track, as well as for creative processing and modifying tone.