Loud And Clear: Make Better Voice Recordings Now
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Loud And Clear: Make Better Voice Recordings Now

Singer, Podcaster, Rapper, Online Teacher... ? Learn to improve the quality of your vocal recordings with a few tricks!
4.3 (25 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
2,138 students enrolled
Last updated 9/2015
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Includes:
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • You will learn how to record your voice with a microphone and improve the quality of the recording with free software.
  • Set up your room!
  • Choose the right mic!
  • Place the mic properly!
  • Adjust all levels!
  • Record in high quality!
  • Remove background noise!
  • Use EQ to boost wanted and cut unwanted frequencies!
  • Compress the material for more loudness and presence!
  • Add fx for a warm sounding voice!
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Requirements
  • You should have a microphone and an audio editing software of your choice at hand.
  • You should have the ability to download and install software and vst/au plugins on your computer.
Description

About this course:

  • Latest Update: I added another bonus lecture at the end of the course. This time, I used a small clip-mic that can be used for talking head videos, compared it to my condenser mic and showed a quick treatment to handle the flaws.
  • 3 hours of content available!
  • 2000+ students already joined the course!
  • Free preview lectures available!

Get enrolled today and improve the quality of your vocal recordings!

Quality substance comes in quality wrappings!

Lots of e-learning courses, podcasts and other vocal recordings have superb content, but suffer from poor recordings and audio treatment! The same can be said about some vocal artists: Rappers with great skill and singers with touching lyrics sometimes sound like they recorded the vocals in a bucket and loose lots of the emotional appeal and power they could have!

However: Often, it's NOT the expensive microphone, a high-end preamp or renting a studio for loads of money, BUT room treatment, proper recording technique and some simple tricks to improve the character of your vocal material drastically. This course teaches you how to set up your room, the microphone and shows how to use software solutions to help you to get loud and clear voice tracks!

Lifetime access and a 30 day money back guarantee in case you're not satisfied with the content!*

*May not be available for app-in purchases, please check conditions before buying.


Who is the target audience?
  • This course is meant for students who want to record speech for video platforms, audio books, online education, podcasts etc. and like to improve the quality of their voice recordings.
  • This course is useful for singers or rappers who like to record the vocals on their own in a home enviroment and like to achieve better recording quality.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 20 Lectures Collapse All 20 Lectures 02:55:55
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Introduction
2 Lectures 02:44

Hi and welcome, I'm Marc Zimmermann, a teacher for DJ-ing and music production in Dortmund, Germany. Thank you for taking the course, I hope you will learn a lot and make better recordings soon!

Preview 01:28

Some hints on how to use this course.

Preview 01:16
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Considerations, Set Up And Recording
7 Lectures 32:41

Before we start, we have to get a basic understanding of acoustics. That in mind, we start to think about what we are about to record and which are the options.

Physics
03:21

You cannot record a voice without recording the room too. This lecture helps to choose the room matching your goals and gives some ideas on how to improve the rooms with some little, inexpensive tricks.

Room
05:28

This lecture teaches you about different microphone types (especially dynamic and condenser) and helps you to choose your right tool with the properties you need.

Microphone
07:39

Microphone
3 questions

Recording levels are vital for high quality recordings. Make sure to record as loud as possible, but not too loud. Normalize the data afterwards to use the headroom to get a nice, loud vocal signal.

Please note: If you're looking for more infomation on the material, be sure to watch the A/B-tests in the Bonus Section!

Recording Level And Normalization
07:07

Headphone volume is often underestimated. The right level helps you to use your voice correctly, but beware of "bleeding". Use good, closed headphones that sit tight on your ears without getting uncomfortable.

Headphones
03:07

Just a few questions about headphones usage.

Headphones
2 questions

This lecture will teach you how to place the microphone, find your distance and use helpful tools like pop filters.

Mic Placement, Stand and Pop Filters
04:01

After everything got set up, choosing recording quality and performing the recording are the next steps to take.

Recording Quality
01:58
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Noise Reduction
2 Lectures 13:03

If your environment keeps you from recording clean material, noise removal might be an option to reduce background noises like fans or air conditioning. In this lesson we're going to capture a noise profile and remove noise from an example recording.

Noise Removal
06:24

Another method to remove noise, especially non-repeating noises, are gates. This lecture teaches you how they are set up.

Noise Gates
06:39
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Output Improvement
4 Lectures 35:39

An EQ helps to cancel unwanted frequencies or to boost your voice level over noise. But: Sometimes, results are not what should be expected, so be extra careful when you apply EQ!

EQing
11:16

Compression helps to balance the levels in longer recordings and can be used to increase the overall gain level. This lecture should give you a basic understanding of compression.

Compression
09:22

Depending on the kind of content, a little room might give your material a nice warm polishing.

Chorus and Reverb
05:58

In some cases, the order of plugins in the signal chain may be important!

Preview 09:03
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Bye
1 Lecture 00:58

Thanks for taking the course! If you have question or suggestions, please don't hesitate to get in touch or post your opinions to the discussion board for this course! Have fun improving you vocal recordings!

Bye!
00:58
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BONUS Lectures
4 Lectures 01:30:45

As suggested by students, this lecture teaches you how to apply fx to your audio material in audacity.

Using Compressor, EQ and Noise Gate FX in Audacity
21:01

This bonus lecture tries to clarify some topics that came up in the discussion area. I use the technique of AB-testing to demonstrate how different recording levels and normalization will affect the final noise level.

PLEASE NOTE: The recordings were made intentionally noisy so you could hear the differences clearly. In general, if your recording has such a high noise level, you should take a step back, think about the reasons for the noise and re-record the material to get the highest quality.

A/B-Tests Of Normalized Recordings With Different Input Levels And Fan Noise
18:48

This bonus lecture is a bit longer. I used only free plugins (gate, eq, two compressors, reverb and a limiter) on a recording sent to me by a student.

Example: Working With A Student's Recording
36:06

This bonus lecture was a suggestion by some students that want to make "talking head" videos and recordings. I bought a quite cheap microphone, record a sentence with the mic and my studio condenser mic simultaneously and point out difference as well as tricks for the treatment.

Please not: The whole audio is NOT processed, so the beginning sounds a bit worse due to the microphone.

Bonus: "Talking Head"
14:50
About the Instructor
Marc "Selec" Zimmermann
4.6 Average rating
148 Reviews
5,466 Students
8 Courses
Music Producer, Radio Host, DJ, Remixer, Teacher, Trainer

I'm a DJ, producer, remixer, radio host and music lover from Dortmund (Germany). I'm also a teacher and trainer for DJing and Music Production at the VibrA School of DJing, the largest association of DJ schools in Europe.

Teaching to me is more than just knowing technical facts and details about my field of expertise. It's about giving the student a feeling of "I can understand this!" or "I can do this too!" and talk to him in a way so he can really achieve the knowledge without being an expert before the training.

I took a long way: In 1995, I bought my first turntables and started my first steps as a DJ and amateur producer. I played countless club gigs all over Germany and I still host a weekly fm live radio show named “Schwarzmarkt" (german for “black market"), which is on air live since 2002, every Friday night on Dortmund's fm college radio “eldoradio*". Besides, I was engaged in producing, working with lots of artists and musicians and doing remixes for contests. Since 2006 I additionally work as teacher and trainer at Europe's biggest association of DJ-Schools, the “VibrA – School of Djing" in Dortmund (and Münster for the time it existed) to coach DJs and producers coming from all styles of music in the arts of mixing, scratching and producing.

Some things I did and achieved in the last years:

  • 1995 - today: Club-DJ in various locations
  • 2002 - today: Host and Radio-DJ at fm radio station eldoradio* in Dortmund with my own weekly live show
  • 2006 - today: Teacher for DJing at the VibrA School of DJing in Dortmund
  • 2012 - today: Teacher for Music Production at the VibrA School of DJing in Dortmund
  • 2008 - 2010: Teacher for DJing at the VibrA School of DJing in Münster

I passed the test for the Teacher Certificate at the VibrA with "Sehr Gut" (best grade possible).

I planned and executed workshop, seminars and lectures, f.e. at the "Ruhrpuls Festival" in Bochum (2012), for the LfM (Landesanstalt für Medien, 2013) and as an expert for Music Production, DJing and Remixing I lectured at a academic high school (Q1 and Q2 am Gymnasium, 2014).

Being a producer and remixer, my work got (and will be) released on several labels since 2011, i.e. Renegade Media (Toronto, Canada), Dubstep Division (Berlin, Germany), Redlight Media Germany (Krefeld, Germany), UK Breakbeat (London, England), DivisionBass (Bristol, England), Boomrush Productions (Germany) and Deep In The Jungle Records (also England).

Additionally I am producer of the current mixtape series "Rootsstep To The World" for Rootstep Division Recordings (Berlin, Germany) with more than 20 issues within the last year.