Join Scott Hirsch for an in-depth discussion in this video Using Auto-Tune during the recording phase, part of Vocal Production Techniques.
- In the Vocal Production Techniques: Editing and Mixing…companion courses, I'll be discussing…some technical points of using Auto-Tune processing.…But here, for the recording side of things,…I want to share one helpful technique…I've come across that uses Auto-Tune software,…not as a way to fix after the fact,…but as a tool to help to get a better take,…in terms of pitch delivery as it's being recorded.…Now personally, I don't use any Auto-Tune software…unless I absolutely have to.…So here's a way of using it so you don't have to use it.…
Confused?…Let me explain.…One helpful way to navigate an inspired singer…with some pitch issues, is to record a take,…then process fairly heavily with Auto-Tune on that take.…And then you play the tuned take back…in the singer's headphones quietly…or as loud as needed as they record another take against it.…I call it the karaoke approach.…Now, obviously Jade's pitch is great.…And this process wouldn't be necessary in this song.…
But I'll show you how to set this up in your DAW.…
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