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Recording Vocals with Dave Pensado

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Chapter 1: Introduction

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    Introduction (1:02)


Chapter 2: Chapter 1 - Understanding Microphones

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    Introduction (0:13)


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    Understanding Microphones (4:20)


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    How a Microphone Works (2:37)


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    Microphone Settings & Uses (2:20)


Chapter 3: Chapter 2 - How to Set Up Microphones

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    Introduction (0:13)


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    Windscreens, Shockmounts, & Pop Filters (3:02)


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    Gobos & Room Acoustics (2:14)


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    Mic Selection (6:42)


Chapter 4: Chapter 3 - Before Starting

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    Introduction (0:21)


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    Making a Vocalist Comfortable (3:21)


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    Planning for the Session (2:55)


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    Headphones (3:26)


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    Knowing How to Get a Great Vocal (4:53)


Chapter 5: Chapter 4 - Vocal Recording Chain

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    Introduction (0:31)


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    Mic Pre (2:58)


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    Compressors (3:38)


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    EQ (3:09)


Chapter 6: Chapter 5 - Recording a Vocal

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    Introduction (0:31)


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    The Vocal Session (8:53)


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    Sit Down with Esthero (15:23)


Chapter 7: Chapter 6 - Fixing Problems

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    Introduction (0:33)


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    VocAlign (5:20)


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    Melodyne (11:57)


Chapter 8: Chapter 7 - Mixing Vocals

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    Introduction (0:12)


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    Mixing Esthero (12:09)


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    Breaking Down Rap Vocals Part 1 (5:03)


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    Breaking Down Rap Vocals Part 2 (6:53)


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    Breaking Down Rap Vocals Part 3 (6:16)


Chapter 9: Chapter 8 - Wrapping Up

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    Introduction (0:17)


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    De-Essing (9:01)


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    Mid-Side EQ (14:44)


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    Comping (4:33)


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    Wrap Up (2:49)


Welcome to Recording Vocals with Dave Pensado, a full, in-depth course that provides viewers everything they need to know to take their vocals to the next level.

Recording Vocals with Dave Pensado was created for both the enthusiast recording in their bedroom and the person already working in a professional studio. Whether interested in recording vocals, learning about how microphones work, or fixing and mixing vocals, Dave takes us on an easy-to-follow, deep dive through this course.

As part of the Strive series, Recording Vocals with Dave Pensado covers the gamut of what one needs to learn, incorporate, and execute to make their vocals the best. Dave goes over many different facets of recording vocals, including how microphones work, proper setup and all that entails, preparation for vocal sessions, and utilizing the best signal chain when recording. Throughout this course, you will observe an actual vocal recording session with Dave’s mix assistant Leandro Hidalgo, how to fix any problems after your session with Grammy-nominated mixer Bob Horn, and how to get the final mix done by Dave himself.

Dave Pensado is not only one of the recording industry’s preeminent mix engineers, but also the most-watched online teacher of audio in the world. With multiple Grammy nominations and wins under his belt, Dave has had an astounding career. Christina Aguilera, Pink, Shakira, Beyonce, Flo Rida, Afrojack, Frank Ocean, and more are a fraction of the superstars who keep Dave on speed dial. From pop to hip hop, country to Latin, and R&B to alternative, Dave’s special niche is making radio-friendly records while enhancing artistic intent. His online television series, Pensado's Place, is seen in over 150 countries, and over 100 schools use the show as a teaching tool.

So if you're ready to power up your vocal recording, watch Recording Vocals with Dave Pensado today!


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charlielinnell
Submitted 3 months ago

Great tutorial!

Inspirational, personal and very helpful!

I am a: Student, Hobbyist, Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Logic Pro

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Bmsongs
Submitted 4 months ago

I saw the Light!

There are many things to know when you are just starting. The technical side can be overwhelming. The artistic stde is just as challenging. Dave gives a very simple overview of the recording process specific to vocals, This information can be used in other recording session as well. Dave seems like a great guy to hang around with.
Dave did an outstanding job!

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician

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JTP
Submitted 7 months ago

Dave's always a great listen

I like Dave's videos because they're not so much tutorials as they are just sitting down with a knowledgeable pro and having a chat. I can listen to him all day because he's very enthusiastic about audio and what he says makes great sense.

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ONCEALIENS
Submitted 7 months ago

The Pro of pros!

Great advise and tips for anyone of any level!

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Cedric A
Submitted 8 months ago

Brilliant

Really enjoyed watching Dave explanations, not only about the technical factors but also about the human factor (relationships with the singer, how to interact with him, etc.), which is somehow even more important - Lots of good advice and learned quite a few very useful things


Chris78
Submitted 10 months ago

What a mess!

First of all, let me say that I think that Dave Pensado seems to have a lot of experience as an audio engineer. However, as a teacher he is terrible. During the videos he seems unprepared on the material to be covered, sometimes he starts talking about a topic and then decides to stop (and this is not even edited out), and generally talks to you as if you were an audio engineer and nothing less, not trying to teach you, but talking to you like a friend trying to give you a few pointers. For example, at a certain point he says "this plugin is a SLAP, it's self-explanatory", does not explain what the plug-in it is or what it does and proceeds to do several things without explanation. Finally he says "see? just like magic...", which I find completely unprofessional. Beyond that, he does give some really good tips here and there, but he also does not cover many aspects of vocal recording (like recording levels, for example), does not go in-depth into anything, and overall all the information is given in a disjointed, "remembered just now" kind of way. Overall, this course could be trimmed down to 30 minutes and called " tips & tricks recording vocals" and would have worked better.

I am a: Hobbyist, Ableton Live

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jamescoats57
Submitted 1 year ago

Great Tips from a humble Legend

Dave covers a lot of material fast but keeps it simple. His aesthetic approach to engineering as opposed to the using a lot of technical jargon is refreshing. Dave emphasizes capturing the 'energy' of the vocal performance using tools and techniques to enhance the performance with subtly. There is a video in which Dave interviews the vocalist that presents a perspective on the artists's expectations of the engineer thats very informative. The "Wrap Up' video at the end is inspiring with some great encouraging words from a MASTER!

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Studio One

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Bhang
Submitted 1 year ago

Mostly for Beginners

I thought there was some interesting information here, but it lacked depth at times when things got interesting. Like his reverb trick using 3 reverbs and a delay. He shows how it sounds but does not show any settings or how to recreate this effect.

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Deshan
Submitted 1 year ago

very very helpful

i like it so much, I ve learnt many things that I had never heard,Thnak you.

I am a: Student, Audio Engineer, FL Studio, Cubase

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Glamour Guy
Submitted 2 years ago

Great insight from Dave!

Lots of topics covered, and the reason as to when and why to use them!

I am a: Audio Engineer, Musician

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Dave Pensado is one of the recording industry’s preeminent mix engineers. With multiple Grammy nominations and wins under his belt, Dave has had an astounding career. Christina Aguilera, Pink, Shakira, Beyoncé, Flo Rida, Afrojack, Frank Ocean, and more are a fraction of the superstars who keep Dave on speed dial. From pop to hip hop, country to Latin, and R&B to alternative, Dave’s special niche is making radio-friendly records while enhancing artistic intent.

In 2010, Dave and his manager started a web series entitled Pensado's Place. The show is wildly popular, is seen in over 150 countries by 600,000 people a month, and is used as curriculum in over 100 colleges around the globe. Every week audio artisans who work with superstars like Coldplay, Kanye West, Rascal Flatts, and more join Dave to discuss all things audio. The show has been featured in Forbes, Huffington Post, Boston Globe, and Last Call with Carson Daly among others.

With all the success, what is Dave’s favorite part of his career? "Nothing is better than being able to teach," says Pensado. "The ability to share and watch it positively impact a life is incredibly powerful." It’s that ethos that makes Dave so revered by his peers and makes him a legend to his fans.

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    Into The Lair - Dave On General Mixing

    Curated from the free “Into The Lair” video tutorial series, Grammy winning mix engineer Dave Pensado shows you awesome tips and tricks on the art of mixing. Learn how to use Reference Mixes, Dissect a Mix and Make Tracks Wider Sounding. Dave also reveals the Top 10 Mixing Mistakes, Ear Training, Keyboard Shortcuts, Mastering Techniques and more!

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Recording Vocals with Dave Pensado is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 18.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great tutorial! Inspirational, personal and very helpful!
Date published: 2018-03-30
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Dave's always a great listen I like Dave's videos because they're not so much tutorials as they are just sitting down with a knowledgeable pro and having a chat. I can listen to him all day because he's very enthusiastic about audio and what he says makes great sense.
Date published: 2017-12-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from The Pro of pros! Great advise and tips for anyone of any level!
Date published: 2017-11-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Brilliant Really enjoyed watching Dave explanations, not only about the technical factors but also about the human factor (relationships with the singer, how to interact with him, etc.), which is somehow even more important - Lots of good advice and learned quite a few very useful things
Date published: 2017-10-21
Rated 2.0 out of 5 by from What a mess! First of all, let me say that I think that Dave Pensado seems to have a lot of experience as an audio engineer. However, as a teacher he is terrible. During the videos he seems unprepared on the material to be covered, sometimes he starts talking about a topic and then decides to stop (and this is not even edited out), and generally talks to you as if you were an audio engineer and nothing less, not trying to teach you, but talking to you like a friend trying to give you a few pointers. For example, at a certain point he says "this plugin is a SLAP, it's self-explanatory", does not explain what the plug-in it is or what it does and proceeds to do several things without explanation. Finally he says "see? just like magic...", which I find completely unprofessional. Beyond that, he does give some really good tips here and there, but he also does not cover many aspects of vocal recording (like recording levels, for example), does not go in-depth into anything, and overall all the information is given in a disjointed, "remembered just now" kind of way. Overall, this course could be trimmed down to 30 minutes and called " tips & tricks recording vocals" and would have worked better.
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Tips from a humble Legend Dave covers a lot of material fast but keeps it simple. His aesthetic approach to engineering as opposed to the using a lot of technical jargon is refreshing. Dave emphasizes capturing the 'energy' of the vocal performance using tools and techniques to enhance the performance with subtly. There is a video in which Dave interviews the vocalist that presents a perspective on the artists's expectations of the engineer thats very informative. The "Wrap Up' video at the end is inspiring with some great encouraging words from a MASTER!
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Mostly for Beginners I thought there was some interesting information here, but it lacked depth at times when things got interesting. Like his reverb trick using 3 reverbs and a delay. He shows how it sounds but does not show any settings or how to recreate this effect.
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from very very helpful i like it so much, I ve learnt many things that I had never heard,Thnak you.
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great insight from Dave! Lots of topics covered, and the reason as to when and why to use them!
Date published: 2016-10-14
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Good content, the guy seems disinterested There is some good stuff in here. But the guy is distractingly disinterested :(
Date published: 2016-09-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from More Greatness from the Humble Teacher... The entire tutorial is very informative however, Dave's advice at the end about being yourself and not a copy of someone else is solid gold!
Date published: 2016-09-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Place to Start! Dave does a great job covering many aspects of recording a strong vocal performance. There are always more topics to be touched, but he covered all the basics, from the technical to the social aspects.
Date published: 2016-09-08
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Incredibly informative! This man is incredible at what he does and so humble. This series had some fantastic insight and I'd love to see more from Dave. Lots more!
Date published: 2016-09-08
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Love this tutorial!!!!!!! This tutorial by itself is worth far more than the year's subscription! Loved it!
Date published: 2016-09-07
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from What a great course I loved this course from Dave ! So much information delivered in an excellent and personal way. Dave tutorials always feel like a conversation with some one you know, plus the best thing about him that makes his stuff even better is his humility and his way of having fun in every move he makes. It made this whole course easy to follow! Great work!
Date published: 2016-09-07
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Thank you Mr.Pensado! I've watched hundreds of hours to Groove3 tutorials and have learned a lot from them. The series of Mr.Pensado stand out, not only because they are always fun, but because they go way beyond the technical aspects. They share musical and human wisdom, they are about the feel of techniques. I am truly greatful for that.
Date published: 2016-09-03
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent as Always! Viewing Recording Vocals with Dave Pensado has been the best 2hr career investment ever. I understand why he is a highly revered engineer.
Date published: 2016-09-03
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from I saw the Light! There are many things to know when you are just starting. The technical side can be overwhelming. The artistic stde is just as challenging. Dave gives a very simple overview of the recording process specific to vocals, This information can be used in other recording session as well. Dave seems like a great guy to hang around with.
Dave did an outstanding job!
Date published: 1969-12-31
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