Join Scott Hirsch for an in-depth discussion in this video Warming up and vocal health, part of Vocal Production Techniques.
- I'd like to introduce the vocalist we'll be…working With in the course.…Miss Jade Hendrix.…Jade is a Los Angeles based singer and songwriter,…who grew up in the presence of some of history's…great singers.…She spent her youth watching her mother, Sharon Hendrix,…who's a popular back-up singer for performers,…Tom Jones, Natalie Cole and Barry Manilow.…Jade's collected all that experience,…and poured it into her Farewell to Emerald City EP.…In this course we'll be working with Jade on the…vocals for a song she wrote, called Over My head.…
When we talk about producing and recording truly…amazing vocals with an artist like Jade,…it's easy to get wrapped up immediately in the gear,…equipment and the technical side of engineering.…This is important for sure, and we'll get into all that,…but I want to start our journey out by addressing…the most important aspect of vocal production,…the instrument itself.…The human voice.…You might be thinking that pretty obvious,…but really, you must treat the voice like any…delicate and expensive instrument,…
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