Join Scott Hirsch for an in-depth discussion in this video Takes management: Psychology, part of Vocal Production Techniques.
- Managing the number of takes a singer requires…to get the best performance is an important aspect…of vocal recording.…And there's a specific psychology to navigate…as the producer or engineer.…Every singer is different in terms of…how they'll want to approach recording vocal takes.…Let's discuss with Jade the way she approaches takes…to give you an idea of some things to keep in mind…when you're recording.…- For me, in my heart of hearts,…there's probably no such thing as too many takes,…I will go on forever, just because…I'm a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to recording.…
And if I don't feel like I'm really getting it,…then I just want to keep going.…But I've had producers along the way step in,…and tell me, look, you're gonna hurt yourself…if you don't stop.…If you don't stay hydrated.…If you don't listen.…You're better off if you just do five,…maybe six takes, max.…Your voice is an instrument,…and it's not a limitless commodity.…You can wear it out.…
And if you've got a session booked…from 10 to seven o' clock, and you're tired by one o' clock,…
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