Join Scott Hirsch for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting up a great headphone mix, part of Vocal Production Techniques.
- So we've chosen our mic, and set our pre-amp.…We wanna start thinking about the mix of tracks…the singer wants to hear in his or her headphones.…The mix needed for singing may be unique…and almost certainly is not what you're listening to…in the control room, or your main monitors.…Let's discuss how to build a headphone mix…and how to give the singer the right mix…that will provide the best support for the recording take.…First, it's good to get a sense…of what the singer prefers to hear,…especially if they're a seasoned pro like Jade.…
Let's hear what she has to say.…- I'd imagine most singers have a preference…when it comes to what they hear in their headphones,…and how they like to wear them.…Personally, I keep one can on my right ear…and take the other one off.…That way I can hear the music,…and I can hear my voice through the mic on one side,…but then I'm hearing everything naturally…through the other ear.…I like to use a lot of reverb.…It just makes it a little easier for me,…and helps carry the load, I guess.…
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