Vocal recording techniques

Course Dates: 12/05/20 - 02/06/20
Time: 18:00 - 21:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Max La Villa

Learn how to make recordings of sung and/or spoken voices, then edit them, add effects, or mix with other tracks. Suitable for those with some previous experience in digital audio.


What is the course about?

Do you want to record sung or spoken tracks?
Perhaps you have a backing track you'd like to add vocals or live instruments to or maybe you'd like to produce a voice over for a film or slide show. You might even want to experiment with field recordings to make a soundscape or collage. Come and learn how to use a microphone and Apple's very simple GarageBand or Logic software to capture, edit and mix together high quality recordings of your voice, other instruments and sounds for a wide variety of creative purposes. We will cover professional recording techniques and approaches to delivering great vocal performances.

What will we cover?

Professional use of EQ, compression, delays and reverb as they apply to vocals
Devising vocal harmonies, Essential techniques for doubling vocals, blending backing vocals
Technical aspects of vocal recording, ( mic selection/patterns/position), acoustic treatment
Editing and compiling vocal takes
Techniques for controlling sibilance, room acoustics and other artefacts that can ruin vocal recordings
Tuning vocals digitally
The psychological aspects of getting a great vocal performance ( how to get the artist in the best state to perform their best, recover from confidence issues, and deliver emotive, believable performances).

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Use EQ, compression, delays and reverb in a professional manner to enhance vocal
Devise basic vocal harmonies, double vocal lines effectively
Describe how a microphone works and suggest types of microphones suited to a variety of situations and how to set up basic acoustic treatment to control room acoustics
Editing and compile vocal takes
Control sibilance, room acoustics and other artefacts that can ruin vocal recordings
Tune vocals digitally
Describe various psychological approaches to help the artist deliver their best vocal performance.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an intermediate course aimed at those with some existing skills in audio software.
You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English, engage in class discussions and take notes in English.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Classes will generally begin with a demonstration and discussion followed by practical work.
You will work on an individual Mac workstation to practise set themes, techniques and skills, applying these to your developing ideas and material.
You will present your work in progress regularly to the group and receive feedback, support and encouragement from your tutor throughout the course.
It is useful to have access to a Mac with Logic software outside class to work on your project between sessions.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Memory stick/storage device for saving work, notepad and pen.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You may wish to:
- develop your skills further through Mixing and music production technqiues, Mixing and music production: advanced
- Create a home voice recording booth
- learn how to market your music through Music Business Skills, Promoting your music online or Make a website: WordPress for musicians.
Visit the Music Technology and digital audio production page to see the full range of courses. For advice, email the music office or phone us on (020) 7492 2630
The Music department also offers a wide range of instrumental, singing, ensemble and musicianship courses.

General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


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This course was excellent. We learned everything necessary to make great recordings, and we were given resources to continue to develop our skills. I would definitely recommend this course.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 17/03/2019)
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Course Code: MK604

Tue, eve, 12 May - 02 Jun '20

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Full fee: £179.00
Senior fee: £179.00
Concession: £109.00

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