Recording vocals in your home studio can be somewhat tricky, especially if the quality of your recording space doesn’t contend with a professional studio environment. However, there are plenty of solutions that can improve the quality of your vocal recordings. The room in which you record in will be as much a part of the recording as the singers voice. This can work in your favor and can also work against you. Read more.
Updated December 2018. Over the years, we’ve posted articles that include advice and insights for vocalists from every genre. From recording tips to video warm ups, from vocal health care tips to production tricks, we’ve covered a lot of ground. Here are some of our more popular posts collected in one place. Read the posts.
For any given song, the specific approach to producing background vocals is dependent on the production style and genre, but when listening to any modern song on the charts, you can quickly pick up that there is a lot going on. Serious thought has been put in to the arrangement and presentation of these parts, which usually means quite a bit of editing work. Luckily for us, this type of work and associated workflow is what Pro Tools does best. Read more.
As a vocalist preparing for a performance or studio date, “the obvious thing to do is rest,” recommends Daniel Ebbers, Associate Professor of Voice at the Conservatory of Music. “But there are environmental things, like being in a place where the decibel level is much higher than you think it is. To compete with the sound, you have to strain your voice to be heard or understood. Many times, people are unaware that they’re in such an environment, but when you’re a singer, you have to be aware of these environmental conditions.” Read more.
Sometimes you have to push to get the best take out of a singer. The artist and the band might be satisfied with a take, but you as the producer or the engineer might feel like there’s something better you can get. So you say, “OK. We’ve got a great take down, let’s roll down the track one more time, and let’s get one more on tape.” Sometimes that’s when something really special happens. You always have to be an encouraging presence. Read more.
If you’re recording and mixing your own tracks, you may have already begun experimenting with reverb and delay, two time-based effects that offer the opportunity to change the perceived time and space coefficient of an individual instrument, voice, or an entire mix. We’ll consider the aesthetic use of each, and recommend a few classic tracks worth checking out that make excellent use of these time and space effects. Read more.
No one was closer to Michael Jackson at the height of his creative powers than Bruce Swedien, the five-time Grammy winner who, with Jackson and producer Quincy Jones, formed the trio responsible for the sound of Jackson’s records. Excerpted from Swedien’s book, In The Studio With Michael Jackson, published by Hal Leonard. Read more.
I’d rather not copy and paste the lead vocal track together from a number of earlier takes. I prefer to record the best sections together onto a new master composite vocal track. I listen to each section of the song and decide which of the takes offers the best performance. I assign pitch correction on each vocal track, and as I get ready to record that section to my new composite track, I can tuning make adjustments. Read more.