Join Scott Hirsch for an in-depth discussion in this video What you should know before watching this course, part of Vocal Production Techniques.
- This course is the beginning half of a two course series on vocal production. Here in Vocal Production Techniques, we focus on preparation, pre-production, and recording as we work through a session with vocalist Jade Hendrix here in the studio. The companion course to this one, Vocal Production Techniques: Editing and Mixing, takes you through the rest of the process in the digital audio workstation of your choice. Both courses are ideal for any producer, engineer, or vocalist with a basic understanding of working in a digital audio workstation.
My goal in this course is to empower those who want to improve their vocal production skills and provide behind-the-scenes access to a professional vocal recording session.
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