Indie Artist Lounge Update

Hey there! Alex here. Just wanted to give a quick update on where things are at with Indie Artist Lounge.

You may have noticed that Indie Artist Lounge has fallen pretty quiet lately. I mostly just wanted to check in, let you know that I’m ok, and give you a bit of an idea of what’s happening.

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[Video] Simple Workflow for Editing Vocals in Melodyne

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!

[Video] Overlapping Vocals

Overlapping vocals is a great way to add some interest to your recordings and productions.

It’s easy to do, and can work really well in some situations.

Check out how to do it in today’s video.

What do you think? Ever used this technique on your recordings? How did it go? Leave a comment!

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[Video] Two Mic Placements for a Single Instrument

Sometimes when recording, you need to record one instrument in different ways.

Depending on how you play the instrument in various sections of the song, different mic placements may actually work better for the different sections.

Check out today’s video for an example of where I used two mic placements for a single instrument on my latest EP.

Ever done this? Leave a comment below!

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[Video] Using Your Voice as a Background Instrument

Background vocals are great for harmonies. But you can also use your voice as a background instrument to just add a bit of texture to your productions.

This is what I call “Background Vocals”, or BGV’s. It’s where you basically sing an instrumental part with your voice.

See an example in today’s video.

Ever used BGV’s in your own songs? Any neat tricks you’d like to share? Leave a comment!

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[Video] Tambourine Trick To Give Your Drums More Texture

On my latest EP, I tried something out with a tambourine that I had heard in other productions.

It’s a simple little trick, easy to do, but I think it adds something really cool to an otherwise basic drum beat.

Check it out in today’s video!

What do you think? Got any other cool tambourine tricks you want to share? Leave a comment!

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Mic Placement Trick for Recording Scratch Tracks

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 reducingĀ 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.

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[Video] When Two Electric Guitar Tracks Is Enough

On most of the songs on my latest EP, I have lots of tracks going on.

I love layering electric guitar tracks on top of each other to create nice big walls of sound. I spoke recently about how to get a big sound with only 7 guitar tracks.

But in one song, I went even more minimal. I only recorded two electric guitar parts. And the song still sounds nice and big and full.

I think there’s a lesson here. Check it out in the video below.

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10 EQ Moves For Your Next Mix

Parametric EQ

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.

With that said, let’s dive in.

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[Video] Why I Only Record Three Takes

One of the great things about modern DAWs is their ability to effortlessly record and comp multiple takes of audio.

But sometimes we can go too far. Too many takes can actually do more harm than good to your audio.

Check out this video to see why I only do 3 takes, and why it makes my music better.

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