Masterclass-Getting Killer Vocals515
If you've been looking to the absolutely BEST training on the planet for Producing, Arranging and Recording Killer Vocals...you've found it! Over 4 hours of Premium Training.
While there are many production tools that give you "plug and play" radio-quality sounds to your mixes, getting Killer Vocals is one of the last elements of your mix that can't be cured by just using the "right microphone" or latest plugin. David Wills takes you step by step through the industry best practices that are used in all major studios. Look through all the subjects covered from caring for and warming up your voice, to arrangement, editing and mixing to get the kinds of vocals that you deserve but have not been able to get.
Don't buy another microphone or preamp thinking that will fix your problems...get the training you need to get the vocal sounds of your dreams.
Physiology of your Voice
Proper Breathing Technique
Chest vs Belly Breathing
Warming Up Exercises
Neck and Shoulders Warmup
Mouth and Tongue Warmup
The Big Three Enemies
Benefits of Vocal Arrangements
Types of Vocal Parts
Using a Keyboard for Chord Shapes
Becoming a Student of Harmony
Addressing your Microphone
Mounting your Microphone
Using Pop Filters
Preparing for Tracking Vocals
Auditioning our Backing Tracks
Tracking your Lead Vocal
Harmony Example 1 - "Echo parts"
Importance of Preset Tracks
Basic mix of 3 part Harmonies
Plate Reverb on Harmonies
Cleaning up Edit Points
Harmony Example 2 - "Call and Response"
Harmony Example 3 - "Pad or Wash"
Confidence in Falsettos Parts
Harmony Example 4 - "Call and Response 2"
"Flying" Vocals example 2
Editing Lead vs. Backing Vocals
Cleaning up Timeline
Color Coding Tracks
Time Correcting Doubled Vocals
Correcting Hard Consonants
Correcting Time Slices
Pitch Correction Overview
Time Correcting Bridge Harmonies
Pitch Editing our Lead Vocal
0Working with Drift
Working with Transition Time
Working with Glissando Parts
Backing Tracks Mix
Rhythm Section Mix
Lead Vocal vs Double balance
Lead Vocal vs Harmonies balance
Compress before EQ
Compressing the Lead Vocal
Creating a Crush Channel
Creating a Backing Vocal Crush Buss
Cleaning up Backing Vocals with Noise Gates
EQ Overview "Corrective vs Creative"
EQing our Lead Vocal
Using a HPF
Adding "Air" to Lead Vocal
Removing "Boxiness" from Lead Vocal
Adding "Intelligibility" to Lead Vocal
Creating EQ Presets
Adding Time Based Effects
Early Reflections vs Tail
Delays with Feedback
Adding a "Radio Effect" Echo
Completing the Final Mix
Andrew Scheps - Grammy Award winning Mix Engineer with Adele
I really loved this training course on getting the most in vocal recording. I've been writing, recording, and producing my own songs for about 3 years, and have struggled to get the best vocal sound. I've watched a myriad of YouTube videos which offered some help, but I was extremely impressed with how David Wills recorded a lead vocal as well as 3-part harmonies during the class. They sounded incredible! (I also loved the song.) Thanks, David, for another outstanding course! -Doug Kelley
The vocal recording process is now explained clearly and with experience as a guide. Thank you Dave for another wonderful tutorial. The warm ups are especially helpful!
David always does a superior job on teaching!!! I always enjoy the down to earth examples he gives and this one is every bit of what I expected. Now I have a few extra tricks in the bag that I didn't before with my finicky vocals I've always fought with. Thanks David!!!!!!!!
I’ll stick to the facts: I watched the vocals mixing class twice, once to get the gist of things, second time to follow David’s instructions. Couple of things happened. First, i followed the steps about hydration and warm up over and over again. I felt like an idiot for a couple of days until one night my voice started to feel a little elastic and soft, for lack of a better word. Then I sang and hydrated and repeated that combo for hours. I happened to be writing a song, and as I learned more about my own voice and timbre by listening ... I started to build confidence. I’d never, ever experienced confidence and exhilaration while singing before. (And I’ve been playing instruments well and singing badly for a long, long time.) Not only did I start knocking out “keepable” comps of verses, but I got so deeply into the melody and vibe of what I was working on that my songwriting and arrangement started to take off and fairly quickly improve. A week later, I’ve got a track I never thought I was capable of - a simple sophistication of melody and lyrics that flowed entirely from the confidence gained doing David’s exercises. The second thing that happened was the engineering. I just did what David said. The first two hours of tracking were horrible - my gainstaging was awful. Rookie terrible. I went back to the video. I did what he said to do - play around with your gear and your interface over and over until you understand your equipment’s ranges and behavior. A week later, I’m getting rich, broadly-detailed recordings that - guess what - massively ramp up my confidence. So ... the result of watching (and following) David’s vox class is not just that I’m better at singing and/or recording vocals now. It’s that I’m not even the same person I was a week ago. That person couldn’t do what I’m routinely doing now. If that’s not the purpose of education, I don’t know what is. You don’t just learn something from David’s instruction. If you follow it, you become something. This was the 4th class I bought from him. Honestly, you’ll spend $69 on booze tomorrow (Memorial Day). The liquor store won’t give you your money back if the beer sucks. David will give you your money back and probably call you while he transacts the refund. Honest guy and talented pro. Try the class and see who you really are on the other side of the microphone.
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Getting Killer Vocals is a masterclass of the highest quality I've been missing. I learned a lot of things that matter in recording, editing and mixing vocals that nobody teaches.
David Wills shows enormous real life experience and knowledge in the audio engineering field. He is one of few people who share their true secrets with their audiences online.
Anybody can follow the examples and try to replicate what David does. No fluff here, just plain usefull hands on audio training. Can't wait to start on the next course.
Thank you for sharing David!
So much information and useful advice for the price of a couple of piano lessons.
The course had everything I needed and more.
This is my forth course from Pro Audio Exp. One of the many things that keeps me coming back is that, by the end of each course, all my questions are answered.
With the use of concrete examples and real life analogies David is able to communicate vocal recording concepts with ease.
His use of the Reason DAW is great too as it emulates a hardware mixer and rack layout. I found this very helpful to graphically see routing etc.
This is a complete package, from human vocal physiology, care and maintenance through all the sound recording techniques and pro tips you’d expect form Pro Audio Exp.
Many thanks David
Great every since I watch this I keep on getting consistent vocals mixes