Recording Vocals the Right Way
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Recording Vocals the Right Way

A guide to capturing the best possible vocal sound.
4.4 (23 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.
97 students enrolled
Last updated 11/2016
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Record a nice, clean vocal
  • Choose the right microphone
  • Set the preamp properly
  • Use compression when recording vocals
  • Create a recording template in Pro Tools
  • Edit vocals
  • Create a "rough mix"
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Requirements
  • Have a basic understanding of microphones, signal flow, and recording equipment.
  • Pro Tools is recommended.
Description

This course breaks down all of the variables involved with recording vocals for music; how to choose the right microphone, set the preamp and compressor, and how to run your D.A.W. most effectively.  We take you through the steps of a typical recording session using a professional studio (Madison Records) and singer (Alex Tru).  Various microphones, Vintech 573 preamp, EL8 Distressor compressor, and Pro Tools software are all utilized and explained in detail.  Additionally, there is a section dedicated to post-production techniques.  We explain what to do after you have finished recording.  Comping vocals, editing, and basic mixing techniques are all covered in this section.  

The entire course should take less than a week to complete.  Reviewing specific lectures after watching the complete course is recommended in order to refresh yourself on any topics needed. You will have lifetime access and all videos can be downloaded, so you can easily review any of the videos at a later date.  Thanks for checking out "Recording Vocals the Right Way," and we hope to see you inside the course!

Who is the target audience?
  • This recording course is meant for anyone who wants to capture a professional vocal sound. We assume a bit of previous knowledge in the course, so if you are just starting out this may not be for you.
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Curriculum For This Course
16 Lectures
02:10:15
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Introduction
2 Lectures 03:35

Introduced in this lecture are the instructors, as well as the concepts to be covered in this course.  Also, in this section, you will get a look at the professional recording studio that we will be teaching you to record from (Madison Records), as well as the gear we will be using to record.  Everything learned in this course can be applied to recording anywhere, anytime.  Enjoy!

Preview 03:00

Meet Alex Tru.  This video is a quick introduction to our singer.

Preview 00:35
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Setup in the Studio
6 Lectures 39:08

We are going to record 4 different microphones and compare the results.  Choosing the right microphone to compliment a singer's voice can make a big difference in the quality of a recording.

Microphones: Part 1
02:13

In this lecture, we go over the specifics of each of the four microphones that we use for our mic shootout lecture.  The principles covered will apply to whatever microphone you decide to use.  A few of the microphone features covered are:

- Frequency Response

- Polar Pattern

- Condenser vs. Dynamic

- Pad Switch

Microphones: Part 2
10:15

In this lecture we record each microphone separately.  

Preview 09:44

Playback and analysis of each microphone's recording.  We critically listen, and then choose which microphone to use.  

Choosing the Right Microphone: Part 2
05:23

This lecture covers how to setup your DAW to quickly and efficiently record vocals.  We are using Pro Tools in this studio, but these concepts can be applied to most music software.  The use of a template can speed up and improve your workflow if it is done properly.

Creating a Recording Template
09:23

Before we can capture a quality recording, the artist needs to have a good sounding mix in their headphones.  This lecture introduces a couple of techniques commonly used.

The Headphone Mix
02:10
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The Recording Process
4 Lectures 35:20

In this lecture we go over how to set your preamp when recording vocals step by step, from the input gain and various options on the preamp, all the way through the output trim.

Preview 06:17

Compression is one of the most important tools to perfect when recording and mixing.  It can take a vocal that is too loud and tame it, bring up low breathy parts that might be too quiet otherwise, and make a good song sound like a record.  In this lecture, we cover setting the compressor in real time, and how to control settings such as attack, release, ratio, and threshold, and output gain.

Setting the Compressor
09:10

How to record vocals into your DAW, (Pro Tools in this lecture) and also how to set up vocal tracks, stack vocals, and some vocal editing are covered in this lecture.

The Recording Process
12:22

Many vocalists prefer to record through Antares' Auto-Tune plugin.  In this video we talk about how to set this up in "pre-tape" routing.  It records the pitch correction from Auto-Tune directly in to the audio file.  

Recording Through AutoTune
07:31
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Post Production
4 Lectures 52:12

Current technology makes editing audio simple and precise, and modern music production utilizes a great deal of digital manipulation and copy/paste editing.  This lecture covers some basic editing, as well as how to copy the recorded chorus vocals to play every time the chorus music plays.

Flying Vocal Takes
09:22

This lecture covers how to combine multiple vocal takes in to one perfect track.  We listen to each take one line at a time, choosing the best take for each one of the lines.  This is usually done shortly after recording is finished.

Comping Vocal Takes
11:15

Part 1 of the mixing lecture.  

Before finishing a recording session, it is a good idea to put a quick mix on the vocals and bounce the song out.  That way you and the client can listen to it later.  EQ, compression, expanders, delay, automation, and bouncing are all covered.

Rough Mix: Part 1
14:54

Part 2 of the mixing lecture.  

Before finishing a recording session, it is a good idea to put a quick mix on the vocals and bounce the song out.  That way you and the client can listen to it later.  EQ, compression, expanders, delay, automation, and bouncing are all covered.

Rough Mix: Part 2
16:41
About the Instructor
Matt Hayes
4.7 Average rating
129 Reviews
536 Students
4 Courses
Recording and Mixing Engineer

Audio Instructor at SAE Institute of Technology

BBA, Florida International University

Avid Certified Pro Tools Instructor

Waves Audio Certified

Certified Higher Education Professional from NASASPS

I have been involved in the music industry for 15 years, and engineering (recording and mixing) for 10 years. Originally, I started out as a musician before becoming involved behind the scenes in recording studios. I have worked in many different genres of music through the years, and I am a voting member for the Grammy Awards.

Wyatt Oates
4.4 Average rating
23 Reviews
97 Students
1 Course
Record Producer at Madison Records

Over a decade of music industry experience and Multiple Gold and Platinum RIAA Awards.

Wyatt Oates started playing guitar and bass at an early age of 14.  He soon joined numerous bands and developed a passion for writing and recording songs.  Wyatt eventually went on to attend Full Sail University, graduating in 2004 with honors and an Associate of Science Degree in Recording Arts.  

He quickly found a home in Atlanta, GA, landing at Tree Sound Studios, rapidly working his way up to Senior Producer/Engineer.  He worked side by side with such producers as Andre Benjamin, Ed Roland, Brian Michael Cox, Jazze Pha, David Tickle, Shawn Garrett and many more (see client list).  This enabled him to perfect his craft of making records from the initial conception and vision, all the way through to the finish.   

During this time, Wyatt worked with Tanner Hendon they began producing and writing tracks, creating music, lyrics and full songs.

They formed MadRex Productions and started running and maintaining Madison Studios in Chamblee, GA. They began producing such bands as Reynolds & Williams Band, Sydney Elouise Ward, Hero The Band, Brother Grey, The Future Babes and Chelsea Shag. 

Wyatt’s success has also made him a highly sought after industry speaker, and he has started teaching production and mixing classes at SAE Institute in Atlanta, GA.  Wyatt explains, “I want to give back and help students get the opportunity to get into a large studio with A-List artists.”