Join Scott Hirsch for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files, part of Vocal Production Techniques: Editing and Mixing in Pro Tools.
- [Instructor] If you have access to the Exercise Files used throughout this course, download them and what you'll get is a folder called Exercise Files like the one here on my desktop. In this folder, you'll see a Pro Tools session or .ptx file associated with the videos of the same name in the course. As long as you copy these files and these associated folders, like the Audio Files folder to your work hard drive, and don't go moving any folders or flies around, everything should link up. If something gets moved, Pro Tools might ask to relink the files.
In that case, just click Search, navigate to the drive or directory where your Exercise Files live, and click Accept when the files are found. Pro Tools will automatically relink the files as long as the files are present on your hard drive. If you don't have access to these Exercise Files, feel free to work along with your own session as you watch this course.
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 Pro Tools.
- Comping takes in Pro Tools
- 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 Pro Tools