Fundamentals are our range of video tutorials that are dedicated to the ‘fundamental’ production techniques and procedures that all practicing EDM producers should be completely versed in. Covering topics such as drum programming, music theory, formal structure and ear training techniques, our fundamental series are our best selling tutorials.
Continuing our best selling series on the Fundamental production techniques for dance producers comes volume 5: Vocals.
We don't all have access to specialised vocal booths with top flight studio equipment so what's the point of creating a vocal tutorial around them? For F5, we left our studios and went out into the field to show how, with some prior knowledge and a modest budget, its perfectly possible to capture hit vocals in a dance hall or even a small bedroom.
Running close to 6 hours of video we begin with an introduction to electronics and microphone technology where we examine the different styles of microphone alongside the different pick-up patterns and discuss which is commonly best to choose for any given situation. We then move on to cover pre-amps, pop filters, mic placement, sound cancellation, cats cradles, baffles and the use of reflexion filters.
Using numerous audio examples, we supply examples from a couple of different microphones and the difference both reflexion filters and baffles can make to a vocal recording. We also provide an audio comparison of the cheaper solid-state vs the infamous Focusrite ISA unit.
With the technology covered, we then move onto a track produced for the tutorial and examine the principle and theory behind lyrical content. We discuss ideas on how to produce lyrical melodies, rhyming and rhythmical patterns and also look at the most popular method for writing lyrics.
Finally, using some modest equipment we go on location to record two session singers; one in their home bedroom and another in a dance hall environment. We show how to position the microphone, pop filters, baffles, and reflexion filters based on the room to receive the best vocal response. With these vocals recorded we then return to the studio and show how to tune, edit, effect and process them into our example track to produce the finished article.
Fundamental 5 also includes complete plans in PDF format for constructing the same baffle system we use in the tutorial.
“I just wanted to say thank you so much!!! As an in the box kind of guy this answered all the questions I had plus some. Seriously, this is great now I'm confident recording vocals and setting up treatment...”
Runtime: 5hr 40 minutes
Here, we take a look at how room acoustics can affect a recording and examine the uses or reflexion filters, baffles and "Gobo’s".
“For me it's a very good guideline and helped me a lot by recording and processing vocals. The way Rick explains things and show you what kind of processing is used is unique.”