14Tracking Vocals

Now that we have covered the accompaniment, let’s move on to look at arguably the most important part of any song: the vocals.

Although the technical aspects of vocal recording are important, what really makes or breaks a recording is the producer/engineer’s ability to get the best performance out of the singer, both in terms of emotional conviction and technical precision. Before we talk in depth about how to get the singer to deliver the goods, let’s get some of the engineering aspects out of the way.

14.1 Vocal Engineering

You may be glad to know that, compared to other sound sources, there is more of a standard industry practice for recording vocals when it comes to selecting mic, pre-amp and performer/mic placement. But, ...

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