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Modern Vocal Production

A straight forward look at some techniques throughout the entire recording process that will improve the sound of the vocal performance in your song.

Lessons will be hosted on Reddit /r/vocalproductionclass and there will also be youtube follow up videos

I also plan on having some downloadable recording sessions for homework.

Lectures
  1. Modern Vocal Production - Lesson #1 - Vocal Recording Preparation

    A look into the important steps taken before starting a recording session.

    • Rehearsal
    • References
    • System Usage
    • Session Preparation
    • Key Commands

  2. Modern Vocal Production - Lesson #2 - Vocal Recording - Part 1

    Another overview of the early stages in recording session. We're looking at optimising your session, microphones, microphone positioning, and the importance of communication. As well as some vocal recording tips when tracking on a digital audio workstation.

    • Buffer Size
    • Session Formats
    • Microphones
    • Microphone Positioning
    • Communication
    • Ears
    • Takes
    • Key Commands

  3. Modern Vocal Production - Lesson #3 - Vocal Recording - Part 2

    • Vocal Compiling
    • Editing
    • Plugin: Vocalign
    • Plugin: Elastic Audio
    • Plugin: Autotune
    • Key commands

Prerequisites

Seeing as this course will cover a specialised area of recording some experience in Digital Audio Workstations would be good. But not entirely necessary. Students should have an interest in recording music and a motivation for high fidelity.

Syllabus
  • Vocal Preparation
  • Vocal Recording
  • Session Management (boring, I know, but necessary)
  • Vocal Compiling
  • Vocal Editing/Tuning
  • Vocal Gain-Based EFX (EQ, Compression, etc.)
  • Vocal Time-Based EFX (Reverbs, Delays)
  • Key Commands
Additional information

This course has room to grow, I am open to any feedback as to specific areas I should bring more focus to. I work mostly in Pro Tools but, understandably, not everyone has that available. So if you want me to do tutorials in other DAWs like Logic, Cubase, Reaper and in both Mac and Windows, just ask.

I also mix songs for reasonable rates so if you're interested just PM me.

Teacher qualifications
  • Worked in 3 different studios over the span of 7 years.
  • Currently Head Engineer at a recording studio that works predominately with vocalists
  • Nerd

Here are some examples of my work.

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