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Double Tracking

Double Tracking is one of the most used vocal effects in popular music. It has been used since the beginning of the 1960s.

For example, Rap artist Eminem double-tracks almost evrey of his vocal tracks.


In this video, Abbey Road Studios engineer Ken Townsend explains the invention and  history of ADT (Automatic or Artificial Double Tracking)

Examples of automatic and manual Vocal Double Tracking (DT=Manual Double Tracking, ADT = Automatic Double Tracking)

Andy Williams "I Can't Get Used To Losing You", 1963, DT - one of the first examples of DT

The Beatles "Tomorrow Never Knows", 1966 , DT

The Beatles "Dr. Robert", 1966, ADT and DT

The Beatles "Taxman", 1966, DT

The Beatles "Eleanor Rigby", 1966, DT

The Beatles "Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite", 1967, ADT

Alan Parsons "Eye In The Sky", 1982, DT

Night Ranger "Sister Christian", 1984, DT

Hall & Oates "I Can't Go For That", 1981, DT

Mike Sembello "Maniac", 1983, DT

Earth, Wind & Fire "After The Love Has Gone", 1979, DT

Eminem "Not Afraid", 2010,  DT

Katy Perry "Roar", 2013, DT