Join Evan Sutton for an in-depth discussion in this video Prepping to record vocalists, part of A Prolific Music Producer's Workflow for Finishing Tracks.
- Now that we've talked about putting together…a template for production,…I'd like to talk about templating for recording.…This is something that I really rely on a lot…because when I record it's often a lot…less simple than just having one track going,…but I find there are a lot of things…I can do that will actually make…the process simpler for me and then,…by the transient property of simplicity and creative mojo,…will make the experience much better…for the artist I'm working with.…Now, one of the situations that you might find…yourself in that I find requires a lot…of preparation and a lot of thought before hand,…is recording vocalist.…
Why is it important to do this with vocalists in particular?…Well, because vocalists,…and sorry for any vocalists out there listening,…but vocalists can be very temperamental,…so it's really important to make sure…they don't get spooked or anything like that.…Think of them as racehorses:…you want to make things very calm and relaxed…and inviting, and make them feel like…all they have to do is go out there…
Evan starts with the music production tools that can make it easier to see a song through to completion, such as templates, presets, and foolproof hardware setups. Next, he gets into the heavy lifting, mixing both songwriting and production techniques with tips for dealing with the psychological factors that may trip you up when completing a song. He wraps up the course with techniques that help to clear the final steps of song completion, including building transitions, adding ear candy, mixing strategies for increased efficiency, and simple mastering techniques, whether you choose to master your tracks yourself or hire a professional.
- Planning your track with a problem-solving mindset
- Prepping to record vocals and music
- Using DAW song templates
- Getting basic musical ideas down
- Making decisions that serve the song
- Using channel strip presets
- Creating sections and structure
- Building better transitions
- Adding FX, ear candy, and automation
- Mixing and mastering