On this course you will learn how to produce pro sounding vocals via easy to follow video lessons. * Lesson 10 is FREE below *
We'll teach you endless tips, tricks and techniques to transform a mediocre vocal into a professional one and a good vocal performance into a chart smash.
- Use any DAW - Cubase, Logic, Ableton etc.
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Lesson 1 : Introduction
An introduction to the Pro Vocals course by your tutor Jon Merritt
Lesson 2 : Recording
Here we talk about some of the myths of vocal recording and what you can realistically expect to get from processing and tuning the vocal.
We’ll take a quick look at lanes / playlists and their benefits for recording.
Tips for recording to make the later stage of processing easier.
What content to record and how you can get some really creative results by letting the singer free-style.
Lesson 3 : Comping
How to use the comping tool and how to comp if your DAW does not have a comping tool.
Different approaches to comping.
What to listen for when comping, and what we can correct later in the processing stage.
Lesson 4 : Pitch Correction
We show you what software to use for pitch correction and how much pitch correction to use
Pitch correction software is not perfect, we look at what to do when it analyses things incorrectly.
Using the musical scale of the track to make the job of pitch correction easier.
A simple technique for finding out what scale your track is in and finding the correct notes
Reducing unwanted vibrato from certain words.
Lesson 5 : Timing Correction
We look at finite editing of the vocal, removing unwanted breaths, clicks and artefacts but leaving parts that make the vocal sound natural.
Slight editing tweaks to tighten up the vocal timing.
How to use time stretching on phrases that are sung too quickly or slowly and get them back in time with the track to get a super tight performance.
How to match up doubled tracks to get them to fit perfectly to the main vocal.
Lesson 6 : Final tuning with FX
Approach to FX, how far do you go?
We look at the basic effects needed to do the last bit of tuning the vocal.
How to use the compressor for vocals and the pitfalls people sometimes fall into.
How to find any problem frequencies and tame them down, boost nice frequencies and give the vocal some ‘air’.
How to use a De-esser and whether your track needs it or not
Lesson 7 : Vocal Mixing
We look at the approach to mixing, what does your track need?
Creating stereo width, fatness and thickening up the vocal by using the harmonies and doubled tracks.
How to treat the doubled and harmony tracks with FX to make them more consistent; so they help emphasize the main vocal and don’t conflict with it.
Group / Bus channel vocal mixing techniques and approach.
Automating the doubled tracks for more emphasis on certain sections.
Creating stereo width using delay.
Getting the doubled tracks and the harmonies to sit further back in the mix relative to the main vocal.
Using compressor doubling to make the vocal jump forwards in the mix.
Lesson 8 : Parallel Processing
Parallel processing explained and setting up. The best approach.
How to fatten up the vocal using saturation / distortion and other processes.
Creative parallel processing - Multi chaining plugins together to get awesome results.
Selective EQ parallel processing - How to apply parallel processing to boost and emphasize specific frequencies of the vocal. eg. a lacking high end
Balancing out any parallel processing with compression.
Using different FX like stereo wideners, sound mangling FX and distortion.
Parallel processing using short delays and short reverb to fatten up a vocal and add add “clean distortion”.
How to bring out the attack and add punch to vocals, make them have more impact and cut through the mix using compression and parallel processing.
Teach you the foundations that you can then build your own unique processes on which can help you develop your own individual and unique sound.
Lesson 9 : Doubles, Triples, Harmonies
How to get extra vocal tracks out of the unused vocal takes that did not make the main comped vocal.
What you can do if you're limited in the amount of vocal recordings to get material to use as doubling / tripling tracks.
How to process a single vocal to get a take you can use for doubling and then tripling, (something out of nothing).
How to double, off set and pitch shift a single track to create stereo width and fatten up your main vocal.
How to find harmonies the easy way.
Extracting MIDI from the vocal and using it to test out different harmonies in a plug in instrument.
Using a plug-in instrument to audition the harmonies so they are much easier to sing. Effectively creating a track your singer can shadow easily.
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Lesson 10 : Layering Vocals with VSTs
How to get MIDI information out of your vocal performance and avoiding the pitfalls of some of the extraction processes.
Which sounds work best when being layered with the vocal?
We look at some of the creative ways in which you can help emphasize your vocal and get a different sound in your track.
Getting the instrument to fit super tight over the vocal performance using a side chained gate.
Minimizing the noticeable impact of the extra instrument but with it still thickening up the vocal.
Using non vocal sounds to layer with to get creative results.
Tips on mixing these extra elements in to the mix.
Lesson 11 : Professionally Mixing Your Vocals
How to approach mixing your vocal into your final mixdown.
Tips, tricks and what the ethos of mixing is. Looking at the bigger picture.
Giving the chorus vocals more impact by creating contrast between the verse and the chorus vocals using automation.
Automating the volume of tracks before they go through the compressor to give them greater dynamic range in the verses and then heavier compression in the chorus.
How to route everything in the track to one group / bus so you can then EQ and create space for the vocal to sit better in the overall mix.