Vocals

The most important aspect of any song are the vocals.

Your entire song is built around the vocals so why not get the most out of your vocal recordings from tracking to polish?

To best present your recorded vocals for processing it is essential to first use corrective techniques. This incorporates cleaning the channel, de essing for sibilance, managing plosives, using noise gates to remove background noise and headphone spill and gain staging.

But that is just the tip of the iceberg.

I will show you how to use compressors in series to manage the dynamic range of the vocals, how to layer vocals and create harmonies both in your DAW and using stock plugins, show you how to use 3 stage compression for adding focus to a vocal take, how to tune and pitch vocals, how to use Bump Automation, how to successfully eq any vocal using my 4 Step Technique, how to duck, how to side-chain against the mix and so much more.

To be thorough I have used audio examples of EDM female vocals, Rap vocals, Rock vocals and Backing vocals in all the video tutorials.

Learn how to process Vocals both easily and professionally.

Tutorials


Compressing Rap Vocals



Beginner

How to use a compressor for processing Rap vocals.
Duration: 15 mins



Feed-back Compression



Intermediate

A thorough tutorial explaining both feedback and dynamic compression and how to use it to process female vocals.
Duration: 13 mins



Negative Limiting using Valley People Dyna-mite



Advanced

What is negative limiting, how does it work and how to use it. In this tutorials I show you how to use negative limiting to process vocals.
Duration: 5 mins



Layering Vocals using Parallel Compression



Intermediate

Parallel compression techniques for layering vocals to achieve a big and dynamic sound.
Duration: 5 mins



Converting Mono Channels to Stereo for Parallel Processing



Intermediate

How to configure mono and stereo channels for vocal parallel processing within the DAW.
Duration: 4 mins



Noise Gate - What is it and how does it work



Beginner

What is a noise gate, how does it work and when to use it. Let me show you how to use a gate on vocal recordings.
Duration: 11 mins



De-esser - what is it and how does it work



Beginner

What is a de-esser, how it works and how and when to use it. The perfect dynamic processor for taming sibilance in vocals.
Duration: 12 mins



Using Dynamic Equalisation on Female Vocals



Advanced

How to use a dynamic equaliser to process female vocals. Add motion and vibrancy to female vocal recordings.
Duration: 11 mins



Creating the 3 master reverbs using the FabFilter Pro R reverb



Advanced

Crafting the three main master mix reverbs using FabFilter Pro-R reverb.
Duration: 9 mins



Constructing the 3 master mix reverbs using Melda MReverb



Advanced

The art and science of working the main mix reverbs in series and in parallel using Melda's MReverb plugin..
Duration: 9 mins



Creating a Smooth and Liquid Reverb



Intermediate

Techniques in how to manipulate reverbs using sibilance plugins to achieve a smooth and warm texture.
Duration: 5 mins



Using Reverbs In Series for Female Vocals



Intermediate

A thorough tutorial explaining how to configure multiple reverbs in series for processing female vocals.
Duration: 5 mins



Reverb Effect - what is it and how does it work



Beginner

Everything you will ever need to know about the reverb effect, how it works, when to use it and how to use it
Duration: 13 mins



Reverb - manipulating distance using Proximity



Intermediate

Learn about the reverb proximity effect and how to control it. Create distance and 'behind' you effects using TDR's Proximity.
Duration: 9 mins



iZotope Ozone Reverb - how to create a mix reverb



Beginner

A very cool technique for creating that elusive master reverb for your mixes using iZotope Ozone's reverb.
Duration: 5 mins



Controlling Vocal Sibilance



Intermediate

Understanding what sibilance refers to when dealing with vocals and how best to tame it.
Duration: 8 mins



Reverb smoothing using a De-Esser



Intermediate

Advanced techniques on manipulating and smoothing reverbs using a de-esser.
Duration: 12 mins



Creating a Big Studio Reverb a.k.a the Abbey Rd Reverb



Intermediate

This tutorial shows you how to create the famous Abbey Rd Big Studio Reverb for your mix projects.
Duration: 8 mins



Processing Female Vocals using the Reverb 2445



Intermediate

Processing female vocals with the famous EMT 2445 reverb - transparency and lush at its best!
Duration: 7 mins



Using a Flanger to create Stereo Effects



Advanced

Advanced techniques for creating very cool stereo effects using the flanger effect and in this instance it is vocals that get the flanger treatment!
Duration: 9 mins



Flanger Effect - what is it and how does it work



Beginner

A fully detailed journey into what a flanger effect is, how to use it and when to use it.
Duration: 8 mins



Using Stereo Delays on Vocals



Intermediate

Using stereo and dual mono delay effects for modulating the stereo width of vocal lines is a very potent process!
Duration: 9 mins



Delay Effect - Cross Feedback and Style



Intermediate

Understanding and manipulating crossfeed and style algorithms for the delay effect so as to create huge sound scapes.
Duration: 12 mins



Using a Delay to create Chorus



Intermediate

Learn how to create the chorus effect using a delay effect processor.
Duration: 3 mins



Soundtoys Crystallizer- using Granular Synthesis on Vocals



Advanced

An advanced tutorial for creating pitch shifted chorus effects using granular processing. Let me show you how to create epic vocal effects using this simple effect!
Duration: 9 mins



Using Chorus Creatively on Vocals



Advanced

Advanced tutorial on how to use modulation with different types of chorus effects to process vocals.
Duration: 8 mins



Chorus Effect - what is it and how does it work



Beginner

Thorough explanation of what the chorus effect is, how it works and when to use it.
Duration: 7 mins



Processing Rap Vocals - Prep and Optimisation



Intermediate

Techniques to show you how to prepare male rap vocals for effects and mix bus processing.
Duration: 19 mins



Using Cubase's Stock Reverb Plugins



Intermediate

Using Cubase's stock reverb plugins to create a huge and lush reverb effect.
Duration: 21 mins



Using Side-Chaining to Duck Reverbs on Vocals



Intermediate

Old school technique of ducking an effect within a mix using vocal lines as triggers. Perfect for cleaning vocal lines and managing spoken word in broadcasting and busy mixes.
Duration: 7 mins



Side-chaining Vocals against the Mix



Intermediate

How to create space for vocals in a busy mix by using side-chaining!
Duration: 12 mins



Creating Vocal Harmonies using Cubase



Intermediate

Learn how to create vocal harmonies using Cubase's time-stretching tools.
Duration: 12 mins



The 4 stages of Vocal Eq processing



Intermediate

Learn how to eq vocals professionally and quickly using these 4 simple steps!
Duration: 17 mins



Gating Techniques for Vocals



Intermediate

If your vocal recordings have background noise or headphone spill then this video tutorial could save your day.
Duration: 17 mins



Using EQ to Clean and Enrich Rap Vocals



Intermediate

Clean and beef up male rap vocals using just an equaliser!
Duration: 10 mins



Layering Backing Vocals to create Harmonies



Intermediate

Let me show you how you can maximise your backing vocals for impact and interest by using band-pass equalisation and layering to create interesting and epic vocal harmonies!
Duration: 13 mins



De-essing EDM female lead vocals



Beginner

Struggling to de ess driving female lead vocals? This tutorial will guide you through all the steps.
Duration: 13 mins



Downward, Upward and Telecom Compression for Rap Vocals



Intermediate

A unique approach in managing the Dynamic Range of rap vocals using various compression and expansion modes and topologies.
Duration: 12 mins



Ducking Effects in Real-time using Vocal Triggers



Intermediate

Learn how to duck any effect anywhere using the vocal track as a trigger.
Duration: 14 mins



Extending the Dynamic Range of Rap Vocals



Intermediate

A very cool technique demonstrating how to extend the dynamic range of rap vocals.
Duration: 17 mins



Processing Lead Rock Vocals



Intermediate

A detailed tutorial on how to process lead Rock vocals to sit in a mix.
Duration: 13 mins



Processing Backing Vocals



Beginner

Backing vocals are as important as lead vocals and understanding how to process them to best optimise them can be daunting.
Duration: 13 mins



Tuning and Pitching Lead Rock Vocals



Intermediate

How to pitch and tune Rock vocals.
Duration: 13 mins



Using Bump Automation to Process Vocal's Volume



Intermediate

Using bump automation to control the volume of recorded vocals.
Duration: 10 mins



Using Compression in Series to Process Lead Vocals



Intermediate

Understanding how to use compression in series to control the dynamic range of lead vocals.
Duration: 7 mins



Using Modulators to add Dynamic Motion to Vocals



Intermediate

Add interest to your vocal lines by modulating the volume.
Duration: 12 mins



Band-pass Equalisation - Slopes and Gradients



Intermediate

To master equalisation you need to understand how the filter slope/gradient affects the equaliser's response.
Duration: 9 mins



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