Tuning vocals is a bit of a controversial subject.
Some consider it cheating. Others use it heavily as a stylistic preference.
I tend to sit somewhere in the middle, using it to enhance my vocal recordings without overdoing it.
In today’s video, I will show you my workflow for tuning vocals in Melodyne. My method is relatively simple, as I depend on having a vocal track that is already pretty good. I don’t use tuning to fix lots of problems. I use it to just tighten up my vocal recordings a little bit.
If you’re unsure about how to use tuning software, or are still on the fence about whether you think it’s a good idea for you, check out this video. It might give you some perspective and ideas on how you might use tuning software to your advantage.
What do you think? Do you use tuning software? Tell me a bit about your workflow in the comments below!
Today, I want to share with you a very useful and strategic mic placement technique. It’s a technique that you can use for recording scratch tracks while reducing bleed between the instrument and the vocal. It’s also useful for live recordings of a guitar/vocal or piano/vocal performance.
This technique is particularly helpful for scratch tracks. I’ve talked about scratch tracks before, but in a nutshell, they are essentially throwaway tracks that you record at the beginning of your production, and then you record everything else on top of them. For me, this usually means an acoustic guitar and a vocal.
For scratch tracks, you typically want to play and sing the two parts at the same time, to a click. But you also want separation between the two tracks so that you can mute them independently. Later, when you record the actual acoustic guitar track, you’re going to want to mute the scratch acoustic guitar without muting the scratch vocal.
In other words, we want to set up our microphones in such a way that there isn’t too much bleed between the two. This is where mic placement can be extremely helpful.
It’s no secret that EQ is one of the most useful plugins you can have in your mix.
The problem I find is that it can be really hard to know where to start. I might know that there’s a problem with a track, and I know that I could fix it with EQ, but I’m not sure how or where to start.
Today I want to give you some starting points. Some common EQ moves that I often use.
Note that these are not “rules”. They are recommendations and suggestions. Never use them blindly. Always use your ears, and do what sounds right for the song.