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Mixing, Recording, and Producing Techniques of the Pros, Second Edition by Rick Clark

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Chapter 27. Vocals

Vocals

Redd Volkaert (foreground) and Paul Niehaus (background) tracking, Austin, TX (photo by Rick Clark) / Danielle Tibedo (photo by Rick Clark). Row 2: Didrik DeGeer mic used during The Vibe sessions, The Site (photo by Rick Clark) / Dave Pomeroy’s hat (photo by Kate Hearne).

If you look at the classic popular vocal recordings that have endured over the decades, the primary element that has helped get the magic across was not a cleverly gated, million-dollar drum sound, but rather a vocal performance that communicated something essential that touched countless listeners.

A great vocal performance often contains qualities that transcend ...

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