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Hi

A singer says: My voice was completely shot, which is why we put so much echo on it (in the song)and one of the band members sang along with me to cover it up.

--- I understand that "cover it up" refers to the echo effect they used in a song, so two people sang to "mute" the echo effect? Am I pretty much correct? Is there a better/easier way to say the same thing?

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I think you might be trying to make it more complicated than it really is. I think the speaker uses "it" here to refer to his vocal problems, or rather, his (bad-sounding) voice. The echo effect is one way they tried to hide it, and the second singer another.

I could be wrong - I don't know anything about recording equipment or how to manage an echo effect, but I don't understand how a second voice could act to mute an echo in the first one. Perhaps someone with experience in this field will chime in.
Newguest Is there a better/easier way to say the same thing?
Probably not.
Echo is usually added post production, so if somebody sang along as a remedy, it would have to be an added track.

If you're talking about a live performance, it seems a little strange. But it's certainly possible to add echo live.

I guess your question is, "What are they covering up?" I would suspect, the whole bloody mess. Both the echo and the added voice were intended to cover up the fact that the author's voice was "completely shot."
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Hi, Del. You're right. Adding a voice to mute an echo would have to be a first. But some of these guys sit around in post production studios for days f-ing around. Emotion: rolleyes
You'd think the echo would have been added to the whole thing - not just to the author's voice - unless by "shot" he only meant "weak."
Hi guys!

The recording took place in the studio. It was four o'clock in the morning. I think they were recording the last song called "Last Night On Earth" and then Bono said that his voice was completely shot, which is why we put so much echo on it and Edge sang along with me to cover it up.

--- I understand now that they used the echo effect to cover Bono's shot voice and Edge just sang along with him to help/support him, so I guess it has nothing to do with "muting" the echo effect?

So, at the end of the session Bono had a weak voice so they decided to "hide" it using the echo and Edge was just helping him to sing. That's how I see it.

Thanks
Makes sense.

It's still a bit ambiguous as to the sequence of events. Eg.,:

(1) They do a final practice run-thru (or maybe a first take), and he realizes it ain't gonna work.
(2) They fool around with the mix, adding more echo, etc., but can't fix it.
(3-a) They do another take with the second voice singing along (at which point Bono's voice may be even more shot).
or (3-b) The second voice is dubbed in on the existing recording.

The expression "one of the guys sang along with me" seems to suggest it was not dubbed.

However, the expression "to cover it up" suggests it was.
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I think I understand. Thanks.