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Recording Vocals Explained®

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10 Videos | Length: 1hr 6min 31sec
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  • Mic Technique 3:51

    Mic Technique

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

  • Proper Recording Levels 5:21

    Proper Recording Levels

    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.

  • The Vocal Sound 9:28

    The Vocal Sound

    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.

  • Monitor FX 3:59

    Monitor FX

    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.

  • Recording Takes 5:18

    Recording Takes

    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.

  • Comping Vocals 7:08

    Comping Vocals

    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.

  • Recording Bk Vox 3:51

    Recording Bk Vox

    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.

  • De-Essing 8:37

    De-Essing

    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.

  • Tuning 8:22

    Tuning

    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.

  • Mixing the Vocal 10:36

    Mixing the Vocal

    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.

Product Overview


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.


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