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- Mar 17th, 2011
Whether you’re working in a world-class audio environment with a million dollar console, or your spare bedroom with a beat up old ball mic, this tutorial shows you everything you need to know to record platinum sounding vocals into your DAW.
Capturing crystal-clear vocals is one of the most important and most overlooked parts of song production. So how are vocals best recorded? Let the experts at Singing Canary show you the way!
This tutorial starts with an explanation of room acoustics and microphone placement. Next, you’ll learn some important tips about how to transform any room into an optimal vocal environment. With your room set up and ready to go, the tutorial moves on to a deep discussion of the different types of microphones, how they are used and how they shape the sound of the human voice.
You’ll also learn about the proximity effect and how you can use it ... or avoid it! There’s even a lesson on the different polar patterns from hyper cardioid to figure eight and how to employ them correctly in your recording environment.
From there it’s off to pop filters and their placement, compression, & EQ. This is followed by a comprehensive section on vocal tuning and vocal alignment!
So if you want to learn about vocal recording, or if you’re looking to improve the sound of your vocal tracks, this Recording Vocals Tutorial will set you down the right path to recording perfect vocals, every time.
- (The) Art of Audio Recording 101: Introduction to Recording
- (The) Art of Audio Recording 102: Recording Drums
- (The) Art of Audio Recording 103: Recording Guitars
- (The) Art of Audio Recording 104: Recording Vocals
- (The) Art of Audio Recording 105: Recording Strings
- (The) Art of Audio Recording 201: Dynamics
- (The) Art of Audio Recording 202: Spatial Effects
- (The) Art of Audio Recording 203: EQ
- (The) Art of Audio Recording 301: From Demo to Master
- (The) Art of Audio Recording 302: The Mix
- (The) Art of Audio Recording 401: Touring An SSL Console
- Analog Mixing Consoles: Layout, Signal Flow and I/O
- Greg Townley 101: Sonic Dimension in Mixing
- Greg Townley 102: Sonic Dimension: Expanded
- Recording The Grand Piano: The Dave Brubeck Sessions
- Rich Tozzoli 301: Producing and Mixing Guitars
- Rich Tozzoli 302: Mix Digital, Sound Analog!
For a full list of the topics covered, see the Tutorial Outline
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Amazing course if you are totally new to recording vocals. Also a great course if you are a nerd and want to hear the Sony C800G and Chandler TG1 in action!
Good Training on Recording. This is useful for beginners. Recording level (db) was not mentioned.
Singing Canary Productions tutorials on recording vocals are very informative. Produced at a nice easy pace allowing me to absorb all information given.
It's a good tutorial for sure, but in my opinion it shouldn't be seen until you have a bit more knowledge into Eq, Comp, etc, otherwise you won't notice the diferences or meaning of his adjustments to the outboard equipment. I watched it 6 months ago and couldn't understand much, this time I thought it was very useful.
Great insight into various types of mics and how to record various vocal performances.
Good coverage of equipment and A/B of different combinations of equipment.
Nice tuts. Feel more confident in my vocal recording techniques.
I just got into recording vocals, so right away I watched this tut and found it interesting, but now that I'm recording I have new questions that aren't answered in this tutorial. So good starting point I would say but a more indepth tutorial would be appreciated
Great Tutorial! really good info on how to choose microphones and how different mic's are used the auto tuning video is really good to its very helpful if you have the antares evo plugin.
This course came in so handy because I had just started looking into buying a new mic and headphones. It gave me some real perspective on just what I needed to know without any filler thrown in.
I liked the discussion of mic selection and accessories. Would have liked more discussion on affordable mics, not just the sm58. I liked that post processing was also discussed.
Good information on mic placement, mic selection, equipment and processing.
All the people who want that in this tutorial needs to be more shown how you set up an EQ for the Vocals, did not understand what a great vocal recording should be. This are very special tips that you only get from good engineers. And when you want a really good vocal recording, then yes, it has to be so much product specific. There is a reason why these products became so famous. To internalize this tipps is the best way to start good sounding vocals in my opinion
Really great info and also great to to see and hear the process behind what it takes to get high quality vocals. Time very well spent!! I'm off to watch another in this series!
good introduction to vocal recording. I got a few tips and tricks - but not as many as I would have liked. Am still not so sure the tips and tricks that make sure you get that amazing vocal sound down on tape. If you are not very experienced in this area its a good start. Not so good for someone a little more advanced.
Excellent video definitely worth watching. Just the right amount of information. Good attention to detail and easy to understand.
It was a little disapponting to me. For a pretty high price ( glad I only paid 50% ) I've been given some rather basic information such as not to use an Sm 58 or really get close to the recording mic or use a compressor and a limiter and also reverb to make the vocalist feel comfortable etc.. I am much more interested to here a professional singer doing his/her work. What are important aspects and differences io terms of EQ, compressing, microphones, but also overdubbes, BVs. I would love to learn from an expert such as here to really nicely equalize a professional vocal in a mix. Please add a few more advanced videos to this tutorial and share some more of your real secret tips and tricks. . .
I would agree with Michael about the informative part. The material in this video is good for general understanding of vocal recording, mics and some hardware stuff, but it's like basics, and I would suggest to add a few more chapters about real singers making their job in studios, harmonizing, equing and compessing. Like, tell us more details about the vocal recording. My rate for this series is 3, but it's not for quality or something, it's for small amount of real information.
On the positive side, I absorbed a few good ideas that I will definitely apply to my own vocal recordings. For me personally however, this tutorial was waaaaay too product specific and left out an enormous amount of information. I would have learned a GREAT deal more with a very general through advanced "explanation, technique and application" of vocals, compression, reverb, EQ, delay, "HOW" exactly a vocal track really stands out in a mix, what adjustments to consider on different vocal styles, what "makes" a great vocal track, harmony treatments, and the list goes on and on. Far too much rambling while leaving out a great deal of what truly makes a stellar vocal recording.
Enjoyed this vocal tutorial. Learned a lot and will be buying some of the products mention in the videos.