This article contains a selection of video tutorials that cover vocal production, recording and mixing - The Vocal Production Handbook.
These tutorials are arranged in order of workflow.
- Learn performance and pre-production skills for getting great sounding vocals before recording.
- Learn how to track and drop-in vocals.
- Learn how to edit, tune and mix vocals.
The 7 video tutorials* in this Vocal Recording Handbook total to a viewing time of 3 hours with six of the videos being available to watch by either signing up to our $3.99 monthly subscription or 7-day free trial - cancel anytime within those 7 days. (For more information about tutorial subscriptions please read the information at the bottom of this article)
*Excluding Learn Lead Vocals In Performance & Recording - This is a rental video. Rent for one year $34.99 - Watch as often as you like.
Singing Techniques - Pre-Production - Recording
In this tutorial you will learn a complete set of skills ranging from performance through to recording and mixing vocals.
Pro Tools Expert Vocal Recording Articles
In this tutorial you will learn how to comp vocals in the recording stage using Pro Tools track playlists.
Vocal Time Correction
In this video tutorial you will learn how to get layered vocals in time with each other using a third party plug-in called VocAlign by Synchro Arts. Learn an industry standard technique that takes only a matter of moments to learn.
Melodyne - Pitch Correction With Natural Results
In this tutorial you will learn how to achieve natural sounding tuning when working on recorded vocals in Melodyne. Learn how small moves can make big differences to the pitch to a recorded vocal line.
In this video tutorial you will learn another approach to tuning vocals in Melodyne. Learn how to capture audio into Melodyne for processing and then everything from basic tuning techniques right through to convincing multi-part harmony arrangment.
In these two tutorials you will learn how to edit and tidy up vocal recordings in Pro Tools. Learn how to work with large backing vocal arrangements and how EQ, compression and reverb play a big part in getting vocals to sit together.
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Pro Tools Expert Vocal Based Product Reviews
In this video for Pro Tools Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look at the new V13 multi pattern valve condenser microphone from Vanguard Audio Labs. This is not only a beautiful looking mic but it also has the sound characteristics of some of the worlds most famous and expensive mics making it one that you really should thing about when buying a modern microphone.
Pro Tools Expert community member Garrard Whatley spotted the Eoisis e2 Deeser at the recent AES show and had bought it within 15 minutes of trying it. Watch and find out how he gets on with the Eiosis e2 Deesser for his audio post production workflows.
In this video for Pro Tools Expert, James Ivey takes a look at the new USB audio interface from British manufacturer, Audient. The iD4 is a small yet mighty audio interface housing one of Audient's stunning ASP mic pres and an amazing sounding JFET instrument DI.
In this video review Pro Tools Expert team member Dan Cooper takes a look at the new Waves Tune Real-Time auto tune plug-in. Watch to hear how it performs on a vocal & bass guitar. Also watch to find out what Dan thinks.
Production Expert is proud to present a world exclusive. The first review of the new Townsend Labs Sphere Microphone system. Technical Editor James Ivey shows you around the Sphere L22 large dual diaphragm microphone and the Sphere and Sphere 180 software in a practical demonstration recording voice, drums and acoustic guitar. He talks about how to get the best out of the L22 mic and the Sphere software to get the sound of some of those classic money can't buy vintage microphones.
In this video James Ivey of Pro Tools Expert takes a look at the new e2 Deesser from Eiosis. The e2 was announced at winter NAMM 2016 and this is its debut review. James shows us around the GUI then using two vocal examples and a full drum kit session shows us how to get the best of the e2. Initially this is quite a simple plug-in but as James dives in you can hear that the user has a great deal over control over the way the plug-in shapes the sound.
In this video James from Production Expert takes a close look at the new Halo portable vocal booth from Aston Microphones.
In this video review James takes a look at the new Origin from UK company Aston Microphones. He puts this new take on microphone design to work on a track using acoustic guitars, percussion and vocals. The Origin is available in stores for around £199 UK Pounds. This could become the new go to mic for Singer-songwrites and home recordists it really is that good. Take a listen and hear for yourselves. One thing to note is that at the time of recording the Rycote shock mount was offered as part of a deal. Sadly this deal ended at the end of December. A shock mount is available for the Origin but as an additional cost.
In this video James takes a look at two microphones from MXL. He uses a pair of CR21 mics on acoustic guitar and a CR89 on vocal in a session with Lois Correir and Lara Sa. This session is produced with no EQ or Dynamics processing. Take a listen to just how good these mics sound. Does paying a small fortune for mics make a difference... You tell us.
In this studio hardware review video James takes a look at the new Aria valve mic from Sontronics. He tries it as a voice over mic then tries some jazz style vocals.
Mike Takes a look at the FabFilter Pro-DS de-esser plug-in. Watch and find out what he thought of it.