Join Scott Hirsch for an in-depth discussion in this video Microphone selection, part of Vocal Production Techniques.
- Once we've done everything possible…with our studio pre-production to optimize our vocal…session, it's time to start thinking about gear.…Since the microphone is the first piece…of equipment in the recording chain that…the voice hits, choosing which mic to use…is crucial to getting a great vocal recording.…For each singer and song, there's arguably one…type of mic that best supports the music…and the vibe of the production.…And believe it or not, that mic isn't…always the most expensive mic.…The one you would have thought would work,…or the one the audio gear salesman told…you is made for vocals.…
I want to spell out three important tips to selecting…the right mic for a song.…Number one, know what it is you're looking for.…In other words, what is the sound in your head…you're trying to capture as a producer or engineer?…Is it expensive, slick, and hyped?…Or is it smoky, dark, and intimate?…Or is it narrow, focused, and precise?…Knowing what you're after helps set you up…to make the decision quickly in the second step.…
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