Join Scott Hirsch for an in-depth discussion in this video Talkback microphone demeanor, part of Vocal Production Techniques.
- When you work as a produce or engineer…in the studio, you're entrusted with a very…powerful tool, the talk-back mic.…Being a singer on headphones in a closed-off space…can be a very isolating experience,…and often the only guiding light…is the voice in their headphones.…So I want to discuss a few ideas…about talkback mic demeanor and share some…dos and don'ts since it can really affect the vocalist's…well-being, and therefore their performance.…First, some technical details.…
A talkback mic is a dedicated mic that allows…one-way communication from the control room…to the talent when they're in an enclosed space.…You can set it up via hardware as I have here in my studio.…I have a microphone patched to my headphone system,…and I can control the mic on or off with a foot switch.…I like the foot switch 'cause I can operate it hands free.…Or you can set up a talkback mic using software,…by dedicating a channel of your DAW,…which you can manage turning on and off…either via a software gate or by the click of a mouse.…
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