The song in question is "A Change of Seasons" by Dream Theater.
There are two instances in "Part III: Carpe Diem" (the third of the song's seven parts) where main vocalist James LaBrie has more than one vocal line going on. All of his singing is on one stem, including parts that are dubbed over each other.
- The first of these is a brief instance where James holds a note that bleeds into the next phrase ("Ticking away" "Seize the day..."). While I cut off the slide in solo vocals, I was intending to reassign a part of it to a harmony.
Unfortunately, every option I've considered feels awkward and forced, feeling like a harmony pops out of nowhere for no reason. Should I have a harmony here, or just cut off the note in all charts altogether? I'd be interested to hear what the most natural solution to this would be. It seems likely this type of situation has happened in official DLC, but I can't recall any examples to use as reference.
- The second, much weirder instance is this sustained note here (quick reminder: this is just the main vocals stem). For Solo Vocals this was simple: I handled it Spoonman-style, with "gone" cut off just before "We". Harmonies, on the other hand, is where it gets complicated. I wanted to assign the held note to HARM1 and the accompanying lyrics to HARM2.
The problem is that HARM1 notes aren't supposed to span multiple phrases, and alternatives like leading with HARM2 or making it all one phrase would look ugly and wrong. I read about a dirty solution for this, but some of the wording goes over my head, particularly the comments regarding phrase markers (is it acceptable for markers to touch in this case?). Given the surrounding context, would this be considered an acceptable place to use said fix?