A good visual is important in your DAW!

This article is targeted towards the non-Pro tools users! I have noticed that programs other than Pro tools have a bad visual for editing audio. Logic, garageband, presonus one, etc are just a few that come to mind. It is very important that we can visually see the gridlines and that we correctly set theContinue reading “A good visual is important in your DAW!”

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……”

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?”

Two different approaches for pitching layered vocals…

We always have to know what style of music we are working on and what makes sense for that style. It may be surprising, but how you pitch correct vocal layers varies depending on what type of music you are working on. I’ll start with pop music. Pop music is a perfection type of music.Continue reading “Two different approaches for pitching layered vocals…”

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?”

Panning techniques can create tons of width in your vocal mixes!

I was hesitant writing a blog about panning because it’s a no-brainer. Most of you are probably like “yeah yeah panning is easy”! It is very easy but let me open your mind a bit! In my early days of mixing all I ever seemed to do is hard pan everything. One vocal all theContinue reading “Panning techniques can create tons of width in your vocal mixes!”

Sticky subject, but what do you do when you are recording someone that can’t sing very well?

First off I want to clarify that this isn’t coming from a disrespectful place. There has been times a singer has sang completely off key and completely off time. I’m talking about drastically off, not something subtle. Everyone is off a little bit, we aren’t robots. I want to share my experience with recording artistsContinue reading “Sticky subject, but what do you do when you are recording someone that can’t sing very well?”

This is the best way to trim and edit background noise in vocals…

When recording vocals there’s always going to be some background noise. Noise gates can work but are hard to set to a good setting if the singer has any sort of dynamics. Gates can work well for rap music usually or for rock/metal singers who are always loud. I want to talk about manually editingContinue reading “This is the best way to trim and edit background noise in vocals…”