In the Studio - Getting Good Vocals and Why it Matters!

Hey guys and gals, we are back with another piece of content for my In the Studio segments here on the blog! Today we're going to talk a bit about how to get good vocals and why this is one of or the most important part of any production.


Getting good vocals can be difficult, but it can also be fun and fast. First and foremost you need to be someone that has at least some vocal skills, whether it be rapping, singing, voice-overs, what have you, recording your vocals is probably one of the trickiest things to get right, but to get it right, it all starts with the artist behind the mic. That means you!


When it comes to how well the recording of your voice comes out, a lot of it is based on how practiced and well-versed in the song you're going to sing or rap or however they present their vocals. There can be the "happy accidents" as Bob Ross would put it, where what you didn't intend to happen can be better than the result you were initially trying to capture in the beginning.


If you're a producer or engineer make the artist as comfortable as possible. If you're the artist, don't panic or freak out, if you have a good producer and engineer behind you, they're not going to let you fail, because in most cases their name is tagged along with the project as well as yours and they're there to coach you and help you give the best performance possible.


After you're in place, ready to record, and when the engineer is prepped and ready to record, the gear used is also an important factor in how you sound on the microphone and in the production. If your engineer engineer has pretty decent gear, and the skills to operate it effectively and efficiently, your vocals 9 times out of 10 are going be ridiculously stellar! And that's coming from the source, your voice and the mic, and the material before it's mixed, yes that's possible I do it all the time.


Once your comfortable and you've recorded a few takes to warm up, or if you prepared before hand and warmed up before you came into the studio, sometimes you'll be a "One Take Drake", I've heard this phrase tossed around a few times and I liked the rhyme scheme of it so I like to use it sometimes. And if you knocked out the entire song in one take (Before any other vocal production like ad-libs and what not), and it's top notch quality, that'll build confidence in you as the artist and help you say to yourself, "Fuck yea, I did it!"


Also one thing I haven't really talked about yet in this post is CONFIDENCE, confidence is key to making your best work, PERIOD. Now if you're new to recording and or haven't recorded at all, and back to if you have a good engineer and producer, you're more than likely going to turn out something better than you thought you would. Now don't put 100% of your faith in them because your vocal is what makes the song, production, or end product, it's the most important thing in most songs.


One final thing I want to touch on is the mix, the mix is also one of the more important parts of your vocal recording. That can make or break the song, if you're the artist you're going to want to find an engineer that has worked in your genre for at least a little while, at least one or two full projects or at least 5-10 songs under their belt in your genre, to be sure that they're going to help you get it right. Just because the mix can make or break the song, the ultimate decision on how the song comes out is up to you, the artist, or if you're working for a producer who is taking your song from conception to completion, they're the ones with at least most of the say. So always make sure the song and your vocals are where you want them to be!


If you come to my studio, or check my portfolio for proof, you'll see that I can get pretty decent vocals, which means I can help you be better than you thought you were, I not only just record the artist, I also coach them a bit during the process, now we are allowed to disagree about a decision regarding the recording take(s) and if we should redo it or not, but if it's just the artist recording and no other producer in the room, then the ultimate decision is theirs. But again this goes back to making them feel comfortable working with you. If they're doing rough takes help them calm down, encourage them to come out of the booth, breathe for a second, and take a sip of water or something, but the key is to make the artist feel like they're almost the entire center of attention for the session.


Anyway, this has been Alex Dickson of Studio 7-22 with a long ass post, I'll talk to you guys later! Deuces!




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