Tracking and Mixing
Welcome to Tony Shepperd's R&B Master Series II!
Artist Introduction and Hardware Setup6:30
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.
Tracking Background Vocals16:09
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!
Vocal Outro Harmonies and Lead Vocals19:11
Tony and Shelea continue recording vocals. Watch as they lay down both the outro harmonies and lead vocals.
Now that the Vocals are tracked, Tony and Shelea discuss what comes next in the process of building the song.
Soundchain and Drums Pt 111:14
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.
The Drums Pt 29:39
In this video Tony continues working with the kick before moving on to the snare and its processing.
The Drums Pt 311:40
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.
Tympani and Bass Guitar15:48
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.
The Lead Vocal10:02
Now it's time to work on mixing in the lead vocal!
Lead Vocal Pt 2 and Acoustic Guitar9:30
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.
Acoustic Guitars Pt 2 Keyboards and Pads12:24
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
The Background Vocals14:21
Now it's time to mix the background vocals that were tracked in an earlier video.
Tony adds automation to the the lead vocal, such as volume rides and delay automation.
Strings and Summary10:07
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.
Alex Teamer - Drum Programming5:47
In this video you will get an insight of what Alex programmed, what his philosophy was and how he did it.
Reggie Hamilton - Bass17:08
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.
Randy Emata - Keyboards9:49
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.
Michael Nielson - Acoustic Guitar17:20
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.
Raul Ferrando - String Orchestration8:47
Tony gets some insight from Raul on how he put together the orchestration for the song as well as his creative process.
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.
Submitted 1 month ago
Great Series with lots of detail
I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Cakewalk Sonar
Submitted 2 months ago
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
Submitted 3 months ago
This was a great class from start to finish.
I am a: Hobbyist, Producer, Ableton Live, Cakewalk Sonar, Studio One
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
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
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
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
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
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
Submitted 1 year ago
Just started but good stuff so far.Really look forward to diving in
I am a: Hobbyist
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