Join Scott Hirsch for an in-depth discussion in this video Takes management: Technical, part of Vocal Production Techniques.
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- Now that we've discussed how to approach…recording multiple takes from a psychological perspective,…I want to get technical and show you…how to effectively manage multi-take recording…in your digital audio workstation.…As soon as you record more than one vocal take,…and I assume you will, you want to make…the process of comping a final take together…as straightforward as possible.…Most importantly, you'll want to have ongoing access…to every piece of every take so you don't lose…anything valuable as you edit.…Each DAW has a specific way of handling these tasks…but all of them require that you set a few things up…before you press record.…
I'll show you how to do this in Pro Tools,…Logic Pro, and Studio One.…In Pro Tools the best way to manage multiple takes…is to create a new playlist on your tracks after each pass.…So for example, you'd record the first pass like this.…(soulful music)…And then you go over to your track's playlist menu here…and you choose New, Playlist, and you can name this…whatever you want but it does auto name…
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