Lately I’ve been getting a lot of questions on processing vocals. Folks are asking for a step-by-step guide for getting a good vocal sound — from actually recording the vocal all the way to the finished mix.
This is a great topic. After all, for most music styles the vocal is the focal point of the entire song. Who cares if the drums, bass, and guitars sound amazing if the vocals are lame, right?
So…I think it’s time for a little series of articles on vocals!
Recording the Vocal
Before jumping into EQ settings and effects plugins, we need to take a step back and make sure we get a good vocal recording to begin with. There’s this annoying tendency among a lot of recording engineers to just capture the audio as quickly and thoughtlessly as possible, then say, “I’ll just fix it later with plugins.”
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Hey everybody. If you’ve been following along, then you’ve seen that I haven’t posted a lot in the last two weeks. Between moving and figuring out my new gig I have been swamped. So, I’ve needed to redirect some of my time and energy away from HSC for a few weeks to focus on all the other things going on.
However, after two weeks, I think I’m getting back into the swing of things. Thanks for sticking around. Tune in next week, and we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming. 🙂
I leave you with a shot of my new crib:
If you follow me on Twitter or read my latest post about Sweetwater, then you know that my wife and I recently moved back down to Tennessee from Indiana. Over the next few weeks and months I’ll clue you in as to what I’ll be doing down here (it’s actually really exciting and has a lot to do with Home Studio Corner).
Today, however, I want to talk about moving. If you’ve ever had to move your home studio, you know how stressful it can be. All your precious gear will be at the mercy of the road.
Packing studio equipment isn’t all that different from packing anything else valuable, so I won’t bore you with the obvious, like using towels, pads, bubble-wrap, etc. to protect the gear.
There are two pieces of advice I can give that will hopefully save you a bit of headache on your next move.
Many of you know that for the last three years I have been a Sales Engineer at Sweetwater Sound. However, last Thursday was my final day at Sweetwater. (My wife and I have moved back down to Tennessee. I left the company on great terms. I’m actually pursuing a cool new opportunity…more on that to come in future posts.)
It has been a great three years. Sweetwater is a stellar company, and I feel that it is only appropriate that I post my thoughts on Sweetwater right here on Home Studio Corner.
My opinion of Sweetwater is obviously a biased one. However, being on the inside for three years has given me a very good look at the makeup of this company. If I didn’t like the company, I certainly wouldn’t post a review of it.
What makes Sweetwater different?
Anybody can sell music equipment, right? What makes Sweetwater any different from Musicians’ Friend or Zzounds? Aren’t they all just big box stores?
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We’ve all been there. You’re working on a song, and you wanna send it to a buddy to critique. What do you do? You email it, of course!
Ugh…Thirty emails later, and you’ve successfully taken up 150 MB of space on your email server. Not to mention the fact that if you ever want to send that song to another friend (I’m assuming you all have more than one friend :-)), you have to either re-upload the mp3 and email it, or you have to hunt it down in your Sent Mail folder and forward it.
There’s nothing wrong with using email for this, but it sure isn’t ideal. I always hate being on the receiving end of an email with one (or heaven forbid multiple) mp3’s attached to it. It bogs down my poor little DSL modem, and I cry a little bit each time.
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Do you know how cool QuickPunch is? Check it out.
I’ve recently received a few questions regarding MIDI, and I realized that I haven’t discussed MIDI all that much here on Home Studio Corner. While the majority of articles and videos deal with recording, mixing, productivity, etc., I would imagine most of us will utilize MIDI to some degree in our home studio setups.
Rather than do an exhaustive series of posts on MIDI, I thought it would be helpful to do address some of the most frequently asked questions. After all, if you’ve never used MIDI before, it’s a pretty mysterious new territory.
What does MIDI stand for?
MIDI stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface.
What is MIDI?
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One of my readers asked about taking a Pro Tools session and sending it off without including all the various unused takes, etc. I decided to answer in a video. Enjoy!
See also: 4 Ways to Use Playlists in Pro Tools