Get tips for recording vocals like a pro—regardless of the DAW you use. Go into the studio with audio engineer Scott Hirsch and learn mic'ing, recording, and creative production techniques for capturing great lead and background vocals.
- Hi, I'm Scott Hirsch. Welcome to Vocal Production Techniques. I'm an audio engineer, producer, and the owner of Echo-Magic West Studio here in Ojai, California. This course is all about recording and producing vocals. ♫ This time it's right over my head ♫ That's okay - The vocal is arguably the single most important part of a successful music recording. It's the element we grab onto to take us through the narrative of a song. Vocals can provide the unforgettable hook or chorus or bridge.
They can evoke strong emotions, making us elated and uplifted, or sad and melancholy. There's no other single instrument in the canon of popular music that has as much power and influence as a song's lead vocal. ♫ I will sing through my pain - And because of this, there's a tremendous responsibility in recording a vocal performance well. The success and overall appeal of your music hinges on it. My goal in this course is to share with you a set of techniques and working methods to capture the best vocals possible using some key tools, namely, a microphone, preamp, and a digital audio workstation.
Throughout this course we'll be working on a session with a talented vocalist, Jade Hendrix. ♫ You took the sun with you ♫ Along with our forever - We'll be recording lead and backup vocals on her original song, Over My Head, while we work with some great recording gear here in the studio. I'm excited to share these vocal production techniques with you, so let's get started.
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