Join Larry Crane for an in-depth discussion in this video Vocal recording tips, part of Music Production Secrets: Larry Crane on Recording.
Larry: When I first started recording music, I really kind of would put the …vocal mic up and, and not get really choosy about the takes and, and all my …techniques, as far as recording. I'd just get a level and I really didn't …pay that much attention to it. It always seemed to happen late in the …game, and it wasn't the most important part for some reason, or didn't, we …didn't spend so much time on it. I guess, I should say, earlier on in my career. …As I've moved along, I've gotten a lot more picky about this whole part of the …process, because I think the vocals become one of the most important parts of …most songs. And I'm sure Erin would agree.…
Erin: Yes I would. I hoped you'd say that. …Larry: As a singer. Erin: (LAUGH). …Larry: (LAUGH). we also, we have a movie on choosing the …right vocal mic. And you should definitely see that, …because that's going to run you through the process that brings you to this, …where you've got a mic that you feels going to work good on the singer and the song. …
First, Larry introduces basic signal flow techniques that will improve any recorded sound. Then he explains some of his recording secrets, like how to capture acoustic guitars and vocals at the same time, how to choose the best microphone for a vocalist, and how to use stereo mics and room placement to create an ensemble sound on a single performer.
- Understanding input signal path
- Gain staging
- Checking phase on a drum kit
- Miking snare drums
- Comparing vocal mics
- Recording live acoustic guitar with vocals
- Using distortion with bass guitar
- Finding the best drum placement in rooms
- Recording upright piano
- Creating your own style