This week I talk about an experience I had mixing vocals on one of my songs this week, that transformed the sound of the vocal track on the song. And I also answer your questions about stuff like:

  • To delete old sessions or not?
  • My go-to drum recording technique for beginners
  • My custom “patch-bay”
  • Quick question on using templates to mix albums
  • Getting production ideas

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11 Responses to “Ask Joe #133 – The Vocal Mixing Cure”

  1. Rob

    I’ll have to listen to the rest of the podcast later, but I wanted to comment on what you said about practicing on stuff that “doesn’t matter.”

    First, I should say that I took “doesn’t matter” as being relative to a given project with an artistic or deadline angle involved. I think that should be made clearer, so there it is. “Doesn’t matter” could make people think less effort is needed, which of course is counterproductive to the idea of practice, but some folks might still get that mindset from those words as they are. Also, it’s not meant as a matter of hierarchy or quality–if the “doesn’t matter” practice session turns out something gold, it should be considered for some sort of output, which is all the better reason to do our best even on these practice sessions.

    Anyway, on to my main point.

    I recently told a friend, who is newer to home recording (I took classes and have some experience, but currently don’t have the space or equipment that he does), that working on cover songs is the best way to break himself in with his new equipment. Trying to learn how to operate stuff–especially a LOT of stuff, which is his current situation–and simultaneously trying to work out how to arrange and record current songs, and simultaneously trying to WRITE songs, and simultaneously trying to etc., etc., is just way too overwhelming.

    Instead, as I told him, he should pick a couple of other people’s songs that he already knows how to play fairly well, and work on making his own versions of those, while learning how to operate the equipment. This will actually make him feel accomplished, while he can simultaneously work on his own material. Only when he has a decent grasp of how to approach the recording process with a given song, should he record it.

    I think this is similar to your idea of practicing on stuff that “doesn’t matter.” What do you think?

    • Joe Gilder

      I’m not sure I know what you’re referring to with the “doesn’t matter” part. (I’m sorry, I create lots of content and don’t always remember everything I said on a given day.)
      But I like your idea of working on cover songs until you feel comfortable using the equipment. Especially if the person is feeling overwhelmed. But I would say you could make a point for working on everything at once. While you’re learning to do everything, you very well could make a fantastic recording, and wouldn’t it be great if it was one of your songs instead of someone else’s?

  2. Dan Bires

    Joe seriously. I vocal comp all the time and here is the thing. You dont have to pull individual parts and put them together. I vocal comp 5 to 10 takes and I noticed after 10 takes how much better I am getting in understanding what I really want do so I just do it for the takes. Every once in a while i might like one particular note I hit and bam smack it in there and thats all she wrote, I also do this for my harmonies and any other chant or rant. lol. Thanks for the info. Great stuff.

      • Dan Bires

        You’re right it can be miserable lol but it might save your but when it comes down to re recording your vocals all over again. You would be surprised. Sometimes I even sing a verse a bit different than how i would knowingly so its like a big surprise when you come back to the song a month later. Hey im not knocking you at all. You are great at what you do. I really enjoy this feature even for recording guitar solos and what ever. The only thing I wish studio one would let you do is copy the layer and move it into a different track. I will have to let them know about this. Take care.


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