In this tutorial Brian shows you how he starts with the raw, dry vocal and shapes it into the track it needs to be in order to cut through the mix and be the focal point of the listener’s attention. He shows you some of his favorite ways to "destroy" a perfectly good vocal recording and tells you why a vocal doesn’t have to sound beautiful to be right!
- So, if you thought of the drums…as the stage upon which your mix stands,…then you've got to think of the vocals…as where the lighting director…shines the brightest spotlight.…You know, it's the vocal sound that separates…the good from the great mixes…and there's lots to talk about…when it comes to vocal treatment,…but again, knowing where to begin…is a huge help when attempting…to climb that hill.…So let's start with a first impression set,…the vocal made on you when all the faders…were just up and rolling.…I'm going to go back in time here a little bit…and I'm going to show you how…my thought process worked here.…
I'm going to, before the vocals starts,…turn off the plug-ins.…(music)…Sorry, that's the way it was.…
I accidentally turned this automation on.…It should have been off.…But, I picked this song also because…latter on in the song, you can see down here,…a female vocal joins him…and they sing duets from the chorus' out.…That's always been a big challenge for me,…malleting male vocals together.…And when the effects were off you…
Brian starts with the basics of creating a mix template and getting a good raw balance of the instruments in the mix. He then dives deep into signal processing techniques on many types of instruments, including drums, bass, guitar, keys, vocals, percussion, strings, and brass. He'll pick out and treat individual tracks with compression and EQ, add space with reverb and echo, and modulate the sound with flangers and phase shifters. Pro Tools is used throughout the course, but the techniques will work equally well with the DAW of your choice.
- Customizing a mix template
- Understanding the interplay of volume, panning, EQ, and dynamics
- Processing drums
- Processing lead and background vocals
- Gain processing
- Treating the bass guitar and synth guitar
- Placing piano in the mix
- Treating strings and brass