Vocal Recording: A Complete Production Guide
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Vocal Recording: A Complete Production Guide

Go beyond simple tips and dig into the start-to-finish process of creating, recording & mixing hit sounding vocals!
4.3 (99 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
1,900 students enrolled
Last updated 12/2013
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This course includes
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 8 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • In this course you will be able to arrange great background vocals
  • You will be able to choose the proper singing technique needed for the song
  • You will be able to place and feel comfortable in front of a microphone and pop screen
  • You will be able to connect with the singer and the singer with the engineer on a creative level
  • You will be able to create a clean and organized vocal session in whatever recording software you use
  • You will be able to choose when to stack vocals
  • You will be able to make composite tracks and tune vocal tracks
  • You will be able to add effects like EQ, compressors, reverb, and set up busses and auxiliary tracks and understand why
  • You will be able to record and mix HIT sounding vocals!
  • If you'd like to follow along with the course, it'd great if you have a song recorded that doesn't have vocals. This is not necessary to take the course.
  • An added benefit is if you have a recording software. It doesn't matter whether you are working on a Mac or PC, whether you use Pro Tools, Logic or any other program. This is not program-specific.

Today, many musicians are wearing multiple hats, including engineer & artist. Unlike most audio courses you'll find, "Vocal Recording: A Complete Production Guide" goes beyond simple tips to bring you through the entire process of creating hit-sounding vocals, from prepping the session & performing, to setting up a great mix session & mixing the vocals into the track. By hearing techniques from both the singer & engineer's point of view, you'll be able to create your own hit tracks within hours!

"Vocal Recording: A Complete Production Guide" is for anyone who is an artist looking to hone their engineering and recording skills. It's for engineers who would like to improve on their studio techniques and developing a productive relationship with performing clients. It's for any singers who want to feel more comfortable in the studio. Lastly, it's for anyone who is interested in capturing the true nature of the song they wrote and presenting it in the best light possible.

This course will take you under 2 hours. Each chapter includes an in-depth discussion and how-to, focusing on one of the 8 steps in recording hit-sounding vocals. In addition, each chapter comes with a summary video for reference in addition to a PDF summary for your convenience.

Who this course is for:
  • Singers
  • Recording engineers
  • Artists
  • Recording Studio managers and employees
  • Performers
Course content
Expand all 18 lectures 02:02:38
+ Intro & Vocal Techniques in the Studio
3 lectures 13:50

An introduction to the course and the teachers, Enrico De Paoli and Cheryl B. Engelhardt.

Preview 02:14

The first chapter of this course explores different vocal techniques available for use while producing a song. Chest voice and head voice (falsetto), and when to use them throughout the song are a few of the topics covered.

Preview 10:05

Chapter 1 Summary

Chapter 1 Summary
+ "Big" Studio VS Home Setups
2 lectures 08:15

This chapter is a conversation about the advantages of both a big studio and a home setup. The course is geared for smaller setup, a "home" studio, but can be applied to any setting.

Big Studios vs Home Setups

Chapter 2 Summary

Chapter 2 Summary
+ Arranging Vocals
2 lectures 12:26

A chapter about arranging vocals. The main point is to listen to what the track already has, what is missing, and how you can utilize your vocal arrangement (both the recording of the lead vocal and background vocals) to enhance the song.

Arranging Vocals

Chapter 3 Summary

Preview 01:50
+ Vocal Recording Preparations
2 lectures 15:53

This chapter is about preparing for a vocal session from both the singer's and the engineer's point of view. A well-set up session will ensure that the recording itself will not be interrupted, thus helping the session flow and the highest quality performances to be captured.

Vocal Recording Preparations

Chapter 4 Summary

Chapter 4 Summary
+ Recording Background Vocals
2 lectures 07:54

Recording background vocals CAN be a tedious process if unprepared. But with Cheryl and Enrico's process, creating, recording, and stacking background vocals is a breeze!

Recording Background Vocals

Chapter 6 Summary

Chapter 6 Summary
+ Setting Up A Vocal Mix
2 lectures 18:20

Everything you need to know about setting up your vocal mix, including creating a composite track, tuning your vocals, and setting up your mix tracks.

Setting Up For A Vocal Mix

Chapter 7 Summary

Chapter 7 Summary
+ Mixing In Your Vocals
2 lectures 25:58

This is it! your vocal mix! Enrico takes you through his real-time process of mixing in the vocals, including adding de-essers, compression, EQ (before the reverb), creating groups, busses and auxes to get that hit-sounding vocal.

Mixing In Your Vocals

Chapter 8 Summary

Preview 02:05
+ Conclusion & What's Next
1 lecture 08:58

A brief summary and conversation about what do once your track is mixed, from both the artist and the engineer's point of view!

Conclusion & What's Next