Course 19: Vocal Editing

Having done this before, you’re ready to take the reins at editing your vocals. Just like the pros do, you’ll clean up those large swathes of audio and apply EQ and compression. From there, you’re assembling your audio and building your song utilizing the many, many tools and techniques you’ve learned along the way. Can you believe the possibilities before you? Aside from the important work of building out your song, you’ll get a crash course primer on the Art of Recording, exposing you to professional audio recording fundamentals, technologies, and various kinds of gear that enable audio engineers to achieve high-quality sonic outcomes. We’ll cover transducers and connections, line levels, mic levels, instrument levels, direct recording, mono and stereo, and the nitty-gritty microphones which will serve you very well going forward. Knowing a little bit of the science behind all of it will help you get your bearings when you’re in the studio and when you’re talking with engineers, producers, and the like. Don’t expect to understand all of it in one go. Aim for being able to ask smart questions. Then, listen to what your mentor and other pros have to say.

After that, we’re back in the Ableton Live, setting up your workflow for working solo and for when you’re recording someone else, either in the same room, or with them in an ISO booth. We’ll run through several products that can help make the experience sweet as well as show you how to create a headphone mix for an artist to sing to or accompany on their instrument. For our digital field trip, we’re heading to Izotope and taking a look at Ozone as one way to splash some polish on a mix. Then, we’re blowing back to the 70s and ABBA Gold. ABBA has lots to offer the hungry listener, from songwriting and composition to production quality, to instrumentation, so listen closely, tiger.