The Pitch Correction plugin is explored to subtly tune the pitch of a lead vocal performance. The tuning software is also expanded into an audio effect, as author Scott Hirsch shows how to make the classic T-Pain or Cher style vocoder effect.
- [Instructor] One indispensable tool…many producers rely on for vocals is tuning software.…Logic Pro X comes with a really easy-to-use…and intuitive tuning plugin called Pitch Correction.…Let's take a brief look at some basic functions…of how we can use Pitch Correction to fine-tune vocal pitch,…and we'll also push the effect to the extreme…to see how we can use it as an effect…like for the T-Pain or Cher sound.…Now, to me, Jade's vocals on this song are really well sung,…and they don't exhibit any major pitch problems…that stand out.…
In fact, you should be careful using tuning software…to overcompensate on a singer's pitch,…since all really good vocal performance…have moments of out-of-tuneness that are…sometimes the very thing that makes the voice compelling.…But pitch correction software can be really useful…if you an awesome take that had all the flavor and energy…and there's a few out-of-tune moments.…That's pretty common.…You can use it just to bring those…right into the right world pitch-wise…to really use the vocal without having to redo…
Audio engineer Scott Hirsch starts with comping the vocals—combining the best performances into one final vocal master take. He explains how to edit out breaths and other noises and fabricate a doubling effect for additional texture and vibe, and then brings in some plugins into the mix—Antares Auto-Tune, Melodyne, and iZotope—to tune vocals and create more interesting soundscapes. In the "Mixing" chapter, Scott enhances the sound of the vocals with EQ, compression, reverb, delay, and automation, adding life and motion to the song. The final track demonstrates everything you can do to maximize the effectiveness of vocals with Logic Pro.
- Comping takes in Logic Pro
- Editing breaths and noise
- Doubling and tuning vocals
- Experimenting with iZotope's Stutter Edit
- Processing vocals with EQ and compression
- De-essing vocals
- Using reverb, delay, and modulation effects
- Automating levels and FX in Logic Pro