Join Scott Hirsch for an in-depth discussion in this video Methods to stack multiples, part of Vocal Production Techniques.
- As far as stacking harmonies,…sometimes it's fun to make it sound like there's…a million people in the room.…I did a gospel song a few months back,…and my mom came in with my godmother and…my godsisters, and the five of us…stood around three mics and just sang each part,…and then doubled each part, and then tripled each part.…
So by the end of it, five people sounded like 45 people.…You know, it just depends on the song.…- While vocal stacking is related to doubling,…it's truly a method all into itself.…Unlike a vocal double we might do on a lead vocal,…stacking, by which I mean recording four or more passes…of the same part,…tends to remove the personality and intimacy of the…lead vocal line.…But for background vocal parts, stacking vocals is…an effective way to make your productions sound…larger than life.…
- I think it's possible to…have a rich harmony with just one singer.…But, I think, there's something really special about…having more than one singer.…You know, budget doesn't always allow for that.…But if, even just having one more person…
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