Join Scott Hirsch for an in-depth discussion in this video Maximizing creativity by design, part of Vocal Production Techniques.
- We've identified the health of the voice, itself,…as a crucial component to vocals, and how much of that…begins before you even set up a mike.…Now I wanna discuss some other ideas that come into play…before you set up a mike or hit record.…These concepts mostly have to do with the vocalist's…well-being, not so much physically,…but this time mentally, psychologically.…- When I do a recording session,…you know, regardless of what I've got going on in my life,…I try and leave everything…on the doorstep of the studio.…
You've gotta be willing to compartmentalize…the day-to-day and ho-hum stuff,…to be in a space where you can be creative…and open to direction.…You'd be surprised by how much your voice will pick up,…even just smiling, through a phrase.…You can hear that, and in the same effect,…if you're kinda, you know, not in the best of moods…or not feeling too well,…it's all reflected in the recording.…
- It turns out there are choices we can make…to our workspace, our approach,…and our preparation that can help foster…
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