Join Scott Hirsch for an in-depth discussion in this video Doubling lead vocals, part of Vocal Production Techniques.
- Adding an exact double of a lead vocal…is a time tested technique…that's an effective way to make a lead vocal stronger,…less pitchy, and add a little more texture.…Let's talk about how we can achieve this…in our vocal recording,…as well as some pitfalls to avoid.…One thing you want to avoid when recording a double…is the idea that you're being sung to by two people,…or even worse, the same person at a different time.…On the contrary, the idea is to give the impression…of one voice, but with a little more texture…and something interesting going on with the sound.…
You want the timing and phrasing to be as exact as possible,…and for that reason, it's helpful…as a pre-production measure…to have the vocalist listen…and possibly even study the original vocal performance…to get the phrasing just right on the double.…We've already done this,…and we're ready to record the double.…You ready, Jade?…- Yeah.…- Here we go.…♫ Don't you worry about me,…♫ I'm tougher than you might think…- Cool, so there's our first double.…
Sounded great, Jade.…
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