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Recording Vocals Explained

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    Tutorial 1

    Mic Technique

    3:51

    In this tutorial, learn the proper mic placement for recording vocals. Using different mic types and wind screens and pop filters.

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    Tutorial 2

    Proper Recording Levels

    5:21

    In this video Kenny runs through the proper recording levels for a DAW including mic preamp settings and the uses of compressors to control dynamic range.

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    Tutorial 3

    The Vocal Sound

    9:28

    Watch ss Kenny shows you the proper use of EQ, compression for recording both before the DAW and after to avoid committing to a sound while keeping the singer happy with what they're hearing.

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    Tutorial 4

    Monitor FX

    3:59

    In this video, Kenny goes through the procedure of adding Reverb and Delay (echo) to vocals to create space and inspire our vocalists in the recording process.

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    Tutorial 5

    Recording Takes

    5:18

    In this tutorial, Kenny shows you how he prefers to record takes, to keep the session moving and get the best possible performance from our singers.

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    Tutorial 6

    Comping Vocals

    7:08

    In this video, Kenny shows how he comps or compiles keeper takes to create one finished master performance. Side-chain compression and voice stealing are both demonstrated.

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    Tutorial 7

    Recording Bk Vox

    3:51

    In this tutorial, learn a unique technique for recording background vocals in a way that makes it extremely convenient, fast and more focused for our singers.

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    Tutorial 8

    De-Essing

    8:37

    While many de-esser plugins exist, Kenny shows you all the benefits of doing this task manually and how quick and efficient it can be. Along with creating a very consistently Eqed vocal.

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    Tutorial 9

    Tuning

    8:22

    In this video, Kenny uses Antares Autotune 7 to get our vocals perfectly in tune and more pleasing as a finished product. The benefits of both auto mode and graphic manual mode are discussed at great length.

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    Tutorial 10

    Mixing the Vocal

    10:36

    In this final vocal, Kenny revisits all the previous discussed effects, re-tweaks them along with adding a few extras. Kenny then proceeds to ride or automate the lead vocal to fit perfectly into our mix.

Want to get professional sounding results when recording vocals? This collection of video tutorials by multi-platinum engineer and producer Kenny Gioia takes you through his process for setting up and recording, editing, tuning, EQ'ing, compressing and mixing vocals. Watch as Kenny takes you step by step, from mic selection and placement, all the way through mixing, and get a truly professional result.

Kenny begins with with an in-depth look at the different types of mics he likes to use and their proper placement in conjunction with wind screens and pop filters. Next, he runs through the proper recording levels for a DAW, including mic preamp settings and the use of compressors to control dynamic range. Kenny then shows you the proper use of EQ and compression for recording both before the DAW and after. Moving on, Kenny shows his technique for adding reverb and delay to create space and inspire our vocalists in the recording process.

Recording takes is next up, and Kenny shows how he prefers to record takes to keep the session moving, and get the best possible performance from the singers. Kenny then focuses on comping together the keeper takes to create one finished master performance.

Editing vocals is then explored and you'll learn the pros and cons when using both Elastic Audio and Beat Detective Editing. After demonstrating the use of sidechain compression, Kenny shows a unique technique for recording background vocals in a way that makes it extremely convenient, fast and more focused for your singers.

De-essing and tuning the vocal are up next, and Kenny shows how manually de-essing the vocal manually can be both quick and beneficial. Kenny then uses Antares Auto-Tune 7 to get the vocals perfectly in tune and more polished as finished product. Finally, Kenny revisits all of the previous discussed effects, re-tweaks them along with adding a few extras. He then proceeds to ride and automate the lead vocal to fit perfectly into the mix.

If you record vocals or are just getting into recording, this series will give you a solid foundation and even some new tips and techniques... Watch "Recording Vocals Explained" today.

1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I've played an instrument since I was 10. Drums and Trumpet. I'm 40 now. I can play a little bit of any instrument. Master of none. Rock bands most of my life.

2. What training have you had?

I was taught trumpet classically from grade school up until I graduated high school. I went to Five Towns College for engineering and learned that you can't just learn this stuff from school. I did graduate though.

3. When did you get into recording?

I've been recording since I was 15. Two cassette players wired to a Radio Shack mixer. Eventually I got an 8 track reel to reel by Fostex. I've used just about every DAW and I started using them before they even recorded audio. Vision and Performer were just MIDI sequencers at the time. Before they became Studio Vision and Digital Performer. I got studio jobs because I knew computer MIDI and most studios didn't. I eventually moved up to Sound Tools which was two track. Then Pro Tools made a Audio Media III card which let you have 4 inputs. Gradually I moved up from there with Pro Tools D24, Pro Tools Mix to HD.

4. People you have worked with/for?

Marcy Playground
Mandy Moore
LFO
Willa Ford
Lee Ann Womack
Paulina Rubio
Hall & Oates
Bayside
Head Automatica
Cute is What We Aim For
FTSK
and many more...

5. Why are you so good at training people?

Hmmm. My Mom always said "Self Praise Stinks". I think it's because I have no ability to talk like a professional announcer, or plan out my teachings. So I teach as if you were sitting next to me. Pretty much off the cuff. I think that engages people more. We're so used to hearing everything done so properly and planned out with unnecessary explanations and proper wording that the brain will actually ignore most of it. Your brain tunes it out like you're back at your desk at school. But if the teacher grabbed you aside and just explained it to you, I believe you'd get more out of it. That is what I try to do.

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Recording Vocals Explained is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 1.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Clear and comprehensive Very clear step by step sequence of actions and plugins from recording thru background, harmony, tuning and final mix.
Date published: 2016-08-18
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