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R&B Master Series II

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    Tutorial 1

    Intro

    1:13

    Welcome to Tony Shepperd's R&B Master Series II!

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    Tutorial 2

    Artist Introduction and Hardware Setup

    6:30

    Tony introduces you to the vocal artist Shelea Frazier and discusses the project you will be working on. Tony also shows the hardware chain that will be used while tracking the vocals.

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    Tutorial 3

    Tracking Background Vocals

    16:09

    Watch as Tony and Shelea record multiple layers of background vocals. See how Tony and Shelea work together creatively to achieve the best possible results!

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    Tutorial 4

    Vocal Outro Harmonies and Lead Vocals

    19:11

    Tony and Shelea continue recording vocals. Watch as they lay down both the outro harmonies and lead vocals.

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    Tutorial 5

    Vox Wrap-Up

    0:54

    Now that the Vocals are tracked, Tony and Shelea discuss what comes next in the process of building the song.

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    Tutorial 6

    Soundchain and Drums Pt 1

    11:14

    Tony starts this video off by discussing inserting analog processing into the stereo buss and its benefits as well as the rest of his audio chain before jumping into the kick drum.

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    Tutorial 7

    The Drums Pt 2

    9:39

    In this video Tony continues working with the kick before moving on to the snare and its processing.

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    Tutorial 8

    The Drums Pt 3

    11:40

    Here Tony moves on to the hi hat and shaker, and how each element can be positioned in the stereo mix through processing and panning.

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    Tutorial 9

    Tympani and Bass Guitar

    15:48

    In this video Tony adds the final drum element the tympani and adds the processing for this element. Tony then moves on to the Bass Guitar.

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    Tutorial 10

    The Lead Vocal

    10:02

    Now it's time to work on mixing in the lead vocal!

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    Tutorial 11

    Lead Vocal Pt 2 and Acoustic Guitar

    9:30

    In this video Tony continues working on the lead vocal trying to add more dimension. Next, Tony moves on to getting the acoustic guitar fitting nicely in the mix during the chorus through more processing.

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    Tutorial 12

    Acoustic Guitars Pt 2 Keyboards and Pads

    12:24

    Tony adds more acoustic guitar to the track, discussing where they are placed in the stereo spectrum. Tony then moves on to adding keyboards to the prechorus and adding synth pads such as bells to the track

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    Tutorial 13

    The Background Vocals

    14:21

    Now it's time to mix the background vocals that were tracked in an earlier video.

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    Tutorial 14

    Vocal Automation

    11:42

    Tony adds automation to the the lead vocal, such as volume rides and delay automation.

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    Tutorial 15

    Strings and Summary

    10:07

    Tony discusses the final element in the track, the strings. After showing how the four stereo tracks of strings are placed and processed, before giving a final summary of the the mix.

Insights

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    Tutorial 16

    Alex Teamer - Drum Programming

    5:47

    In this video you will get an insight of what Alex programmed, what his philosophy was and how he did it.

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    Tutorial 17

    Reggie Hamilton - Bass

    17:08

    In this video Tony introduces us to Reggie Hamilton, the very talented bass player on the track. Reggie discusses the two bass guitars he used on the track as well as how he goes through the creative process.

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    Tutorial 18

    Randy Emata - Keyboards

    9:49

    Randy Emata joins Tony to discuss the keybord synth and pad parts he layed down on the track and gives insight to how he likes to work.

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    Tutorial 19

    Michael Nielson - Acoustic Guitar

    17:20

    Michael Nielson talks with Tony about the guitar parts he contributed to the track, the way he likes to set up, and the different ways he plays to achieve different sounds.

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    Tutorial 20

    Raul Ferrando - String Orchestration

    8:47

    Tony gets some insight from Raul on how he put together the orchestration for the song as well as his creative process.

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    Tutorial 21

    Credits

    2:46

    Series credits

Mega producer Tony Shepperd has worked with superstars like Whitney Houston, Madonna, Quincy Jones, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Kenny Loggins, Boyz II Men and many, many more. Sit in on a real-world session where Tony tracks vocals and then mixes a modern R&B song to perfection.

Shown in HD video, Tony Shepperd begins by recording the talented singer Shelea Frazier, producing both her lead and background vocals, and then roadmaps how he will proceed to finish her R&B masterpiece production. Tony then focuses on the drum tracks, utilizing EQ and compression, mixing them so they're fat and punchy. The bass is up next, and Tony explains how to tame it and fit it just right into the mix.

Mixing the vocals are next on Tony's list and he demonstrates how to blend them with EQ, compression and reverb so they have that professional polished vibe. Acoustic guitars and keyboards are then explored and Tony explains how to give them that wide stereo sound. The background vocals are then examined and Tony shows how to better fit them and the lead into the mix utilizing automation and more. The strings are then worked on, and Tony demonstrates how to make them larger than life, and finishes the whole mix.

Just when you thought it was over, Tony interviews all the different musicians who played on the track including Alex Teamer (Drum Programming), Reggie Hamilton (Bass), Randy Emata (Keyboards), Michael Nielsen (Guitar) and Raul Ferrando (String Arrangement). All the players share their techniques, theories and insights when working on the track featured in this series.

Regardless of what genre you're working on, the knowledge passed on by studio great Tony Shepperd deserves to be heard. You will take things from it and use them on your productions guaranteed... Watch "R&B Master Series II" today.

Wiggs
Submitted 1 month ago

Very Helpful

Great Series with lots of detail

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Cakewalk Sonar

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PMRMUSIC
Submitted 2 months ago

Great Tutorials!

Gained a lot of valuable insight. 5/5

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Sound for Film/TV, FL Studio, Studio One

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bradbuhr
Submitted 3 months ago

Great Advice!

This was a great class from start to finish.

I am a: Hobbyist, Producer, Ableton Live, Cakewalk Sonar, Studio One

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koziolmatol
Submitted 4 months ago

A lot better than 1st part!

More things were showed, I also like interviews at the end, although they could be even more technical but still nice.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Studio One

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Geno
Submitted 8 months ago

Extremely clear and complete tutorial on the total recording & mix process

Extremely clear and complete tutorial on the total recording & mix process. This is a must see, and be sure to take good notes every step of the way.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Mastering Facility, Sound for Film/TV, Ableton Live, Cakewalk Sonar, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Reason

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ErnieD
Submitted 10 months ago

Love everthing about the R&B Master Series

I have watched the master series video two times just to ensure I have grasp some of the techniques shown. I know that I will have to practice over and over and over again, however, these videos give me the opportunity of seeing how a professional goes about sculpting his mixes and recording the vocal properly. This was one of the best video choices that I made.

I am a: Hobbyist, Audio Engineer, Cakewalk Sonar

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Psalterynbass
Submitted 10 months ago

Greatest Mastering Series Ever!!

This is the best tutorial series I have EVER seen dealing with R&B. Most are on Rock. Love It!!

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Studio One

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Wes4th
Submitted 1 year ago

R&B Master Series II

I love Tony's approach to his mix, not complicated like some others who use about 20 plugins on Vox 1. Old school. Love it. Wesley Smith Wes 4th Music

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BeatMusicGroup
Submitted 1 year ago

R&b Master Series II

Very helpful and motivating. Full array of topics and tutorial are well facilitated with clear examples.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Producer, Audio Engineer, Beat Maker

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Twayne77
Submitted 1 year ago

Inspiration!

Just started but good stuff so far.Really look forward to diving in

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I knew when I was 13 years old that I wanted to be a recording engineer. It's always intrigued me how various sounds were recorded and mixed.

2. What training have you had?

I have no formal training. I came up in the business at a time when there were no engineering schools. So I've learned everything from the ground up on my own.

3. When did you get into recording?

One of my first jobs when I was 15 was for the audio visual department at Andrews University. I started recording live music for the campus at many events.

4. People you have worked with/for?

Whitney Houston, Quincy Jones, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Kenny Loggins, Boyz II Men and many more. My full credits are here: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/tony-shepperd

5. Why are you so good at training people?

Because I didn't have the opportunity to learn under someone else, I've always tried to make my process of recording and mixing as simple and easy to understand as possible. Watching someone do this is much easier than just reading a book or hearing a lecture on it.

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    R&B Master Series II

    Mega producer Tony Shepperd has worked with superstars like Whitney Houston, Madonna, Quincy Jones, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Kenny Loggins, Boyz II Men and many, many more. Sit in on a real-world session where Tony tracks vocals and then mixes a modern R&B song to perfection.

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    Tracking & Mixing Master Series I

    Producer of the stars Tony Shepperd has worked with Whitney Houston, Madonna, Quincy Jones, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Kenny Loggins, Boyz II Men and many, many more. In his first series, Tony reveals his personal theories and practices for recording a rock band and mixing the track... Get on board!

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R&B Master Series II is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 12.
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Very Helpful Great Series with lots of detail
Date published: 2018-01-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Tutorials! Gained a lot of valuable insight. 5/5
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Great Advice! This was a great class from start to finish.
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from A lot better than 1st part! More things were showed, I also like interviews at the end, although they could be even more technical but still nice.
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Extremely clear and complete tutorial on the total recording & mix process Extremely clear and complete tutorial on the total recording & mix process. This is a must see, and be sure to take good notes every step of the way.
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Love everthing about the R&B Master Series I have watched the master series video two times just to ensure I have grasp some of the techniques shown. I know that I will have to practice over and over and over again, however, these videos give me the opportunity of seeing how a professional goes about sculpting his mixes and recording the vocal properly. This was one of the best video choices that I made.
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Greatest Mastering Series Ever!! This is the best tutorial series I have EVER seen dealing with R&B. Most are on Rock. Love It!!
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from R&B Master Series II I love Tony's approach to his mix, not complicated like some others who use about 20 plugins on Vox 1. Old school. Love it. Wesley Smith Wes 4th Music
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from R&b Master Series II Very helpful and motivating. Full array of topics and tutorial are well facilitated with clear examples.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Inspiration! Just started but good stuff so far.Really look forward to diving in
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Good overview of how to put together a mix Very clear and full of good ideas and applicable to most styles of music. Takes you through all the steps of mixing the song.
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent!!! Thank you Mr. Shepherd. I purchased the download as it's a great reference tool. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro this series will iron out any R&B mix wrinkles and improve your approach and work ethic. Courses like this are priceless.
Date published: 2016-05-21