Join Scott Hirsch for an in-depth discussion in this video Managing latency in vocal recording, part of Vocal Production Techniques.
- We've discussed a lot of the preparation and configuration…for vocal recording in your studio or workspace.…What goes on outside the box.…Now I want to focus on aspects of recording vocals…in the box.…So, let's set up our DAW for basic vocal recording…and then I'll show you some useful tips…on dealing with latency and making the computer side…of recording vocals as seamless as possible.…When you record to a computer via an interface,…your biggest enemy is always latency.…The time delay incurred by the computer.…
From mic input through to the monitors and headphones.…Well, this is a problem when recording any instrument.…It's an even bigger deal with singing.…Since as humans, we're most sensitive to the sound…of our own voices.…Let's take a look at some ways to deal with latency…in the box.…A great way to avoid latency issues…is to sidestep latency all together.…Most audio interfaces have a no latency recording option…that's capable of routing the input,…in this case, the vocal signal, directly to the monitors…
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