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……”
Tag Archives: vocal melody
Writing vocal melodies that compliment the singer’s range….
One thing I have run into lately is songwriters writing songs for other people without keeping the vocal range in mind. My wife does a lot of singer-for-hire jobs remotely online and we have run into this a lot. A man will write a vocal melody intending a girl to sing the song and he’sContinue reading “Writing vocal melodies that compliment the singer’s range….”
Can some simple encouragement result in a better vocal performance?
Let’s talk about something not so technical. Let’s talk about something psychological. Have you ever recorded a singer or yourself and felt like the singer was getting stuck in a rut? Like no matter what each and every take is progressively getting worse? This happens folks. Singers lose the energy mentally. They can even startContinue reading “Can some simple encouragement result in a better vocal performance?”
Have trouble getting the vocal to sit “in” the mix?
I had a request to talk about getting the main vocal to sit “in” the mix and how to guarantee it’s “finalized” aka “album ready”. So first off, what makes it not sound finalized? Well, actually a lot of things. Pitch correction is huge, if it’s not pitched right then it will never seem toContinue reading “Have trouble getting the vocal to sit “in” the mix?”
How do you know how much compression to use on a vocal?
There are a lot of opinions when it comes to vocal compression. I was taught in recording school to never get more than 3 db of gain reduction. Although that may work sometimes, its definitely not always the case! Odds are, a singer will belt a high note 15db louder than the previous note andContinue reading “How do you know how much compression to use on a vocal?”
Here’s a great way to make sure the singer is comfortable during recording…
When I started off in my first couple years of recording I use to record vocals like recording guitars. I would have the singer sing along and punch a word or two here and there and just tell them to sing along. It took me a while to figure it out but that’s not theContinue reading “Here’s a great way to make sure the singer is comfortable during recording…”
Which program is better?Melodyne or AutoTune in graphic mode?
Ever since moving to Nashville, engineers look at me crazy because I prefer Autotune in graphic mode for my default program to pitch correct vocals as opposed to melodyne. Truth is, they both have their pros and cons though. The reason I’m drawn to Autotune in graphic mode is because the workflow is extremely fast!Continue reading “Which program is better?Melodyne or AutoTune in graphic mode?”
It’s up to the singer to give the mic a great signal.
So many times I run into a problem while recording a vocalist. The problem is usually harsh characteristics. Whether it be a “K” or a “T” or an “S”…certain letters can sound pretty brutal if the singer isn’t careful. Here’s my theory…singers are more often singing in clubs through an Sm58 than in the studioContinue reading “It’s up to the singer to give the mic a great signal.”