This technique of removing the information in the middle of your mix using basic tools is useful for more than removing vocals from stereo mixes, though that can be fun too!
Microphone placement is widely regarded as a key skill to develop in music production. If you ignore it or rush it you run the risk of chasing your tail in a mix and your music will most likely suffer. For those new to music production and recording mic placement can be a daunting skill to get your head around. That’s why we have produced a series of video tutorials on recording a variety of different instrument types typically recorded in full band lineups covering drums, bass, guitars and vocals across 7 videos you can watch today.
Antares recently released a new addition to their Auto-Tune range called Auto-Tune Artist that replaces the old Auto-Tune Live plug-in. Rather than just test the new Auto-Tune Artist on its own we thought it would be more helpful to measure its performance and capabilities against a rival real time tuning plug-in, the Waves Real-Time Tune.
I don’t think there is a recording engineer, or producer out there who would say that they can pick the right mic for a vocalist first time, every time. Every voice is different, every mic is different and every recording scenario is different. I also hear you when you say that in these days of time sensitive, low budget tracking sessions there is no time to experiment, try new gear or just “have a play”. But what happens when you do have a play and try something new?
See how the new process groups feature in Revoice Pro 4.1 makes working in large session with multiple processes easier than ever in this free video tutorial.
Developing the skills to mix the perfect vocal track each and every time can years to achieve, which is a bitter pill to swallow for those currently working on productions that need top sounding vocals quickly. Luckily there are several plug-ins that simplify the process of vocal mixing that can take lead vocals from zero to hero in a matter of minutes with minimal effort.
In this article we suggest a number of alternatives to regular compressors which all do the job of dynamic processing very well, though not all process audio in the traditional sense of a compressor, which makes many of these good alternatives to traditional compressors. Some preserve dynamics, which can reduce audible compression artefacts, whilst others are more geared towards providing the effects of compression but within a GUIs that are super simple to use, which can save users valuable time in the mix.
The two most common ways of using pitch correction plug-ins are to either produce the over processed T-Pain/Cher effect or to sculpt melodies in extremely transparent ways that sound almost inaudible. In this article, we highlight a number of powerful tuning and pitch correction plug-ins that you should consider trying in your next mix.
Synchro Arts is proud to present an update to their flagship product, Revoice Pro. This v.4.1 update, free to all Revoice Pro 4 users, includes many workflow enhancements. Process groups improved Warp workflow, and tighter ARA2 integration with compatible DAWs are just part of what this update brings.
Revoice Pro is known for, among other things, its unique ability to automatically transfer pitch and timing characteristics from one audio file to another. It’s easy to overlook how great a tool it also is for basic vocal tuning. It’s not only accurate and pristine sounding, but it’s also intuitive and straightforward to use. You can fly through a file in no time. And now, with the release of Revoice Pro v. 4.1, it's easier to use than ever.
In this free video tutorial, brought to you with the support of Synchro Arts, you can see how I use a rough vocal I recorded with alternate phrasing as a guide to re-process the original vocal sung by someone else. The result is a new vocal part, with the original signer, singing my new melody and phrasing. If this isn’t magic, then I don’t know what is!
In this free video tutorial we show you a simple way of sculpting the perfect tune and notation of heavy vocal tuning effects by running an instance of Melodyne into Antares Auto-Tune Pro. Without doubt Auto-Tune Pro is the product to reach for to produce that distinctive Cher / T-Pain hard vocal effect. Melodyne on the other hand is by nature a very easy to use surgical tool for tuning. In this tutorial we utilise the strengths of both products.
Need big gang vocals for your track but you only have one vocalist? In this article learn about a trend called the Millennial Whoop, which appears to be taking over pop music and in a video tutorial we explain a production concept we refer to as “The Room Of People Singing Happy Birthday” and show you how to get gang vocal results just like you hear in the charts today, but with a single microphone and one vocalist. This is an especially cool production technique for home studio producers.
Are you a singer, but not an instrumentalist and been frustrated with your ability to make music. Well hope may be at had. There is a kickstarter campaign for a product called the Dubler Studio Kit which was fully funded to the tune of £40,000 in less than one hour. In this article we look at how it works and how it could help you in your music making.
Any modern pop or rock track needs a good solid foundation. In this case we have a combination of real acoustic and programmed drums to give the song “Thought of love” by the Rooftop Renegades a good solid groove. Paul Drew of Production Expert, with the support of Universal Audio, shows how by using only Universal Audio UAD-2 plug-ins, he mixes the acoustic drums with some of the programmed percussion to give the track a driving feel.
With the primary tracking and recording finished, Paul Drew of Production Expert starts to mix the song “Thought of love” by the Rooftop Renegades. Paul shows how, exclusively using Universal Audio UAD-2 plug-in he is able to turn a well recorded vocal into a top line part that sits well in the track but allows the lyric to shine through.
Beatboxers need to create the impression that they are creating the sound of different parts of the drum kit. They leap between different drum sounds and yet what the listeners hear are multiple rhythmic lines. The most impressive examples for me are when the performer is singing at the same time.
DeEsser plug-ins are undoubtably essential tools to have on standby in today’s modern vocal production workflows. Every major DAW ships with at least one stock DeEsser plug-in, however, there are a number of amazing third-party DeEsser alternatives that are well worth checking out if you are plan to either swap out or upgrade your current stock DeEsser of choice for something a bit more special… or specialised…
For users of previous versions of Nectar this latest version is an absolute no-brainer. For those who regularly mix within all-in-one style plug-in chain windows, Nectar 3 could very well be the best vocal mixing suite out there, it’s worth checking out. Let us know what you think of Nectar 3.
Many of these vocals were recorded at a time when “the take was the take”, meaning the vocalists had few opportunities, if any, to redo a take or drop-in replacement lines. Such workflows we are accustom to these days in modern music production, but once upon a time vocalist carried a big responsibility in the studio getting their parts down as there were no “post-production” safety nets to save a less than average performance.