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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
Skill Level Beginner
- [Scott] Hi, I'm Scott Hirsch. I'll be your author and guide for Vocal Production Techniques: Editing and Mixing in Pro Tools. Once a vocal recording session is complete, there's a lot of work to be done. As a producer or engineer, you'll need to choose, edit, and compile all the vocal takes and then create an exciting and evocative mix of the vocals with the other tracks to finish a song. And that's what this second course in the Vocal Production Techniques series is all about, editing and mixing vocals.
Along the way, I'll show you how to make a compilation edit of all the best takes while cleaning up breaths and other noises for smooth-sounding edit. We'll be exploring how to fabricate doubles and harmonies to add texture in post-production using Melodyne. As well as how to seamlessly tune your vocals with Antares' Auto-Tune 8. We'll dive into vocal mixing techniques where I'll show you how to sculpt vocal frequencies with EQ and tame dynamic range with regular and multi-band compression.
I'll show you how to craft wild vocal-based soundscapes using processing tools like iZotope Stutter Edit. We'll work with volume automation to give our lead vocal life as well as effects automation to add motion to delay, reverb, and modulation effects. (jazzy music) So let's get started with Vocal Production Techniques: Editing and Mixing in Pro Tools.