Singers, you have a bigger range than you think……

This is a huge debate with vocal instructors. Some think you are limited to a certain vocal range that you were born with and others believe you can have a 5 octave range! I follow Brett Manning and he believes we are able to have that 5 octave range… male or female…it’s possible! He isContinue reading “Singers, you have a bigger range than you think……”

2 limiters can really achieve loudness for your final mix!

Have you ever pondered about why your mixes don’t sound quite as loud as other songs that you hear? That’s what is called professional mastering. The song was likely mastered by someone that understands frequency balance, how to control certain problem frequency areas, and knows how to get loudness without over-compressing. I know what you’reContinue reading “2 limiters can really achieve loudness for your final mix!”

Having trouble getting your vocals to sit in a very busy instrumental?

I was mixing a song today for a hiphop artist and I did a technique that I have to do from time to time. The instrumental had some really driving synths and tons of high mid frequency energy throughout the track. When instrumentals don’t leave room for the vocal it can be a challenge toContinue reading “Having trouble getting your vocals to sit in a very busy instrumental?”

Are you struggling with eq on vocals?

Eq on vocals can be a bit hard at first. The main reason it’s hard is because of lack of ear training. It is very crucial to know what frequencies sound like, or else you will be playing a guessing game! It also helps to know the common problem areas in a vocal. Those problemContinue reading “Are you struggling with eq on vocals?”

Record your vocals with as much isolation as possible

Lately I have received a good amount of files to mix that have a lot of room sound to the vocals. While I can still make it work with some extra plug-ins that I will talk about soon, it is crucial to get an isolated sound. A dynamic microphone can be a great way toContinue reading “Record your vocals with as much isolation as possible”

Free plug-ins and included DAW plug-ins go a long way!

I want to share with you some great insight! You may overlook free plug-ins or not realize that there are free plug-ins but you shouldn’t sleep on this! I use a mixture of free and paid plug-ins every day and I definitely need both! I could even get by with just the free plug-ins ifContinue reading “Free plug-ins and included DAW plug-ins go a long way!”

What separates you from the next producer?

Have you ever thought about this? Why should someone hire you instead of someone else? It’s important to know your strong qualities and really use them to your advantage. Maybe you are great with lyrics and add value by suggesting small changes while working with artists. Maybe your like me and you have a reallyContinue reading “What separates you from the next producer?”

Take criticism to grow, don’t let it destroy you.

Someone who I work closely with asked for criticism today. She asked how she could be a better producer. She wanted my complete honesty. This my friends is called humility. She will now grow rapidly because she was open to my criticism. Everyone always has a mentor or someone they look up to and learnContinue reading “Take criticism to grow, don’t let it destroy you.”

Can mood really affect a vocal performance?

So here’s an interesting topic…can a singer’s mood affect their vocal performance? It absolutely can! I have worked with singer’s before that were going through things that weighed heavy on them and they really couldn’t find the technique anymore. It’s like the singer had a wall constraining them from singing. This is sad to see,Continue reading “Can mood really affect a vocal performance?”

Do you have hiss in your vocal recordings?

So everyone preaches “make sure the level isn’t too hot because of digital clipping”! While this is true, what I believe can be worse is a level too low. When your vocal signal is low it has a bad signal to noise ratio. Meaning when you compress the vocal to maximize it in the end,Continue reading “Do you have hiss in your vocal recordings?”