Producer's Guide to Vocals
A good vocal has the power to transform a decent track into an unforgettable global hit, and this course will provide all the knowledge you need to write, record and process your very own vocals.
Delivering the tutorials is Ian Bland, a hugely respected producer who has remixed the likes of Prince, Bizarre Inc and Queen, re-working and mixing some of the most famous voices in pop. He also worked with an array of talented vocalists in the flesh, including Diane Charlemagne (famously the vocalist for both Goldie and Moby) and Debbie Sharp, with whom he had two UK top 40 hits as part of legendary 90s rave outfit Dream Frequency.
The course is a comprehensive guide to the entire process of adding vocals to a track, beginning with writing tips and suggestions for selecting and finding a vocalist, before moving onto invaluable guidance on equipment and how to ensure the recording session goes without a hitch. He then gives an in-depth guide to his professional techniques for processing vocals, covering everything from EQing and reverb, to creative slicing of improvised material, using a range of DAWs’ internal effects and 3rd party plugins.
Check out the sample module before signing up for an example of what to expect from the course, which ensures you’ll have all the knowledge you need to add a sparkling vocal line to your productions and elevate them to next level.
Setting up for Vocal Recording - Module from Producer's Guide to Vocals
Modules in this course:
Module 1 - Choosing the Vocalist
Blandy kicks off the course by explaining the considerations that need to be made when finding the right vocalist to record.
Module 2 - Songwriting Techniques
This module looks at songrwriting, namely writing lyrics for a vocalist. The video looks at some useful apps and websites that can aid you in the process.
Module 3 - Mic Setup
In this video, Blandy looks at the various equipment and hardware needed to run a successful vocal recording session, and also explains how to set up your DAW to record. He also discusses the differences between dynamic and condenser mics.
Module 4 - Recording
This video explains the recording process, with tips on double tracking, recording harmonies and recording ad libs.
Module 5 - Vocal Compression
Blandy shows how to compress the vocals, explaining the various parameters that can be found on compressors in Logic and Ableton, and suitable settings to create the desired effect.
Module 6 - EQing
This module focuses on EQing vocals, looking at techniques to remove unwanted low end, and add presence and sizzle using a variety of different EQ plugins.
Module 7 - Applying Reverb
Brandy shares his techniques for creating a natural sounding reverb to help the vocals sit in the mix, using Logic's stock plugins, as well as some 3rd party plugins.
Module 8 - Using Delay
This video looks at adding delay to the main vocal part, as well as using the effect creatively to bridge transitions in the track.
Module 9 - Chorus and Special Effects
Blandy walks you through a selection of interesting effects in plugins such as Guitar Rig, CamelPhat and Replika.
Module 10 - Balance and Panning
In this module, the different vocal parts are carefully balanced in the mix, and panned to create a desirable stereo image.
Module 11 - Chopping Vocals
Blandy concludes the course by sharing his techniques for chopping up vocals creatively, taking material from ad libs to create new phrases and ideas.
Maison Records label boss Ian Bland has had a glittering career, spanning over 20 years. He's had top 40 hits as legendary rave outfit Dream Frequency, remixed the likes of Queen and Prince, and now focuses on creating and releasing quality house music through his own label.