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!
4.4 (36 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.
1,557 students enrolled
Last updated 12/2013
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  • Full lifetime access
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  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I 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!
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  • 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 is the target audience?
  • Singers
  • Recording engineers
  • Artists
  • Recording Studio managers and employees
  • Performers
Curriculum For This Course
18 Lectures
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 a Lead Vocal
2 Lectures 11:04
Recording A Lead Vocal

Chapter 5 Summary

Preview 02:15
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
About the Instructor
Cheryl B. Engelhardt
4.3 Average rating
63 Reviews
3,497 Students
4 Courses
Music Biz & Branding Consultant | Composer | Songwriter

Cheryl is founder of CBE Music, a music creation and sonic branding firm, and has produced her own piano pop records, toured around the globe and has had dozens of TV placements. Passionate about supporting musicians, Cheryl hosts popular workshops, video trainings and other valuable resources on her website In The Key Of Success.

Cheryl makes her living as a music creator who shares her processes. She got her start working as a recording studio tech, then assistant and music supervisor and ultimately a composer at a premier New York City jingle house. Cheryl has written music for dozens of films, nationally-airing commercials and web content. She has spoken about the music business, sonic branding, and creating a creative career at SXSW and music conferences around the nation.

A graduate of Cornell University, Cheryl has self-produced three piano-pop records, songs from which have appeared on MTV’s “The Real World”, ABC’s “All My Children”, Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance", ABC's "Jane By Design", and many more. She has toured both solo and with her band through the USA and Europe, appearing on the bill with Seal, Elvis Costello and Jason Mraz, and performing on the FOX Morning Show.

Cheryl splits her time between New York City, The Hudson Valley, and France.

Enrico De Paoli
4.4 Average rating
36 Reviews
1,557 Students
1 Course
Multi-Grammy Awarded Music Engineer - Mixes & Masters

The Multi-Grammy winning Music Engineer Enrico De Paoli, having engineered albums or concerts for Ray Charles, Aaron Neville, Alexander O'Neal, Al Jarreau, Marcus Miller, Djavan, as well as engineered for the world-known Rio de Janeiro Carnival, now has his Mix Secrets training program for future engineers who want to learn audio for music in a simple yet deep way.