Join Scott Hirsch for an in-depth discussion in this video Connecting a microphone/playback, part of Vocal Production Techniques.
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- Once we've made our mic selection,…we're gonna connect it to our audio interface.…I wanna briefly describe how we get from mic to computer…so we're clear on the signal flow of a vocal recording.…Starting with the mic, all mics require…a piece of gear called a preamp.…The preamp's function is to take the mic's output,…the electric signal coming down the mic cable,…up to line level.…Line level is the signal all studio audio gear needs…to work properly including the interface…connected to your computer.…
Now in my studio, this mic preamp…is an external outboard piece of audio equipment.…The mic signal goes in and there's a gain knob,…basically a volume knob, and the output…is line level ready to be received by the interface.…Now keep in mind some audio interfaces…have built-in mic pre's.…So you'll connect your mic directly to the interface…and you'll be able to set the input gain there.…Once the line level audio hits your interface,…whether you're using an outboard preamp or not,…that's where the digital conversion takes place…
First, learn how to get the singer comfortable in the recording studio and select the right microphone and preamp for the session. Scott discusses how to set up a good headphone mix and configure your DAW, and interviews the recording artist featured in the course, Jade Hendrix, about warm-ups and vocal health. Next, Scott moves directly into recording: positioning the mic, setting levels, and using compression. Then he delves into the psychological aspects of vocal production, like coaching the singer and giving feedback over the talkback mic. In the final chapter, Scott demonstrates some creative production techniques, including doubling vocals, stacking multiple vocal tracks, using Auto-Tune while recording, and methods for harmonizing.
- Warming up
- Selecting a microphone, preamp, and headphone mix
- Setting levels
- Dealing with dynamics
- Recording vocal takes
- Creative production techniques: doubling vocals, using Auto-Tune, and more