The Art of Vocal Production

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About this course: This course addresses recorded vocal performances and the technologies used to highlight and support them in modern record production and mixes. Most of us know that vocals serve as the focal point of modern recordings but many do not know the tools used or when the tools are used best in modern record production. The course begins with simple vocal placement in a mix, where you will also learn the fundamentals of compression and equalization. You’ll further study delays and reverbs before moving to advanced concepts in audio editing, synthetic processing, automatic & graphic pitch correction, time compression, time expansion, flex and elastic audio. Through analysis …

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About this course: This course addresses recorded vocal performances and the technologies used to highlight and support them in modern record production and mixes. Most of us know that vocals serve as the focal point of modern recordings but many do not know the tools used or when the tools are used best in modern record production. The course begins with simple vocal placement in a mix, where you will also learn the fundamentals of compression and equalization. You’ll further study delays and reverbs before moving to advanced concepts in audio editing, synthetic processing, automatic & graphic pitch correction, time compression, time expansion, flex and elastic audio. Through analysis and/or hands on projects that the students will post for peer review, the student will gain an understanding of the many choices available to modern record producers as they record and mix with a modern tool set. You’ll see, in action, the Vocoder, Auto-Tune, Melodyne, Elastic Audio, Flex Time, VocAlign, tempo based editing and a host of other file modification protocols that are readily available on most Digital Audio Workstations. This course gives students a thorough look at the expanded choices that have risen in the art of vocal production as a result of these modern tools. The goal of the course is to help interested novices understand the recordings they are listening to, performers find an expanded language for their recorded voices and for vocal producers to be able to create musically artistic visualizations using singers as their paintbrushes.

Who is this class for: No prior songwriting or music production experience is necessary, although it is helpful. You should have a keen interest in music production, and a desire to share your music with others.

Created by:  Berklee
  • Taught by:  Prince Charles Alexander, Professor

    Music Production and Engineering
Level Beginner Commitment 4 weeks of study, 3-5 hours/ week Language English Hardware Req You'll need to have a built-in or external microphone and basic audio recording software How To Pass Pass all graded assignments to complete the course. User Ratings 4.5 stars Average User Rating 4.5See what learners said Coursework

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Berklee Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music. For more than half a century, the college has evolved to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business. Berklee serves distance learners worldwide through its award-winning online extension school, Berklee Online.

Syllabus


WEEK 1


Welcome To The Art of Vocal Production
Welcome to The Art of Vocal Production! In this module, we will cover all the details about how this course works and what you'll need to know to get the most out of your course experience.


5 readings, 1 practice quiz expand


  1. Reading: A Note From Prince Charles
  2. Practice Quiz: What Are Your Goals?
  3. Discussion Prompt: What is your area of interest?
  4. Reading: Connect on Facebook and Twitter
  5. Reading: Learner Support
  6. Reading: The Final Project (Peer Review Assignments)
  7. Reading: Course Certificates


Natural Vocal Design: How Vocal Producers Create



By the end of this lesson you will understand vocal placement within the stereo field and how recording a vocalist multiple times can create various types of listening experiences. You will understand level, phase, phantom center, panning, balance, equalization and compression concepts used in modern recordings. Your ability to listen to music will be expanded and you will probably never listen to vocals in music the same way ever again once you have been exposed to these simple concepts


19 videos expand


  1. Video: Singing
  2. Video: Vocal Range
  3. Video: Vocal Registers
  4. Video: Voice Type
  5. Video: Equalization (EQ)
  6. Video: Dynamics Processing
  7. Video: Vocal Mix Placement
  8. Video: Vocal Mixing in a DAW
  9. Video: Natural Doubling
  10. Video: Multiple Vocals
  11. Video: A Single Vocal Copied
  12. Video: Two Vocals in Phantom Center
  13. Video: Natural Widening
  14. Video: Two Vocals Panned
  15. Video: Three Vocals Center Panned
  16. Video: Four Vocals Panned
  17. Video: Five Vocals Center Panned Cascaded
  18. Video: Six Vocals Center Panned Cascaded
  19. Video: Four Stack Harmony
  20. Discussion Prompt: Name That Tune

Graded: The Voice
Graded: Working with the Voice

WEEK 2


Artificial Vocal Design: How Vocal Producers “Sweeten” the Creation



In this lesson, we will lean less on the vocalist and more on tools that can be used to change the way we listen to vocals in music. You will now understand how delays and reverbs have been used in the music you love and their relationship to time and tempo. Your desire to try out some of these techniques will be piqued by the time you finish this lesson.


16 videos expand


  1. Video: Introduction to Time Based Effects
  2. Video: Time Based Effects in a DAW
  3. Video: Introduction to Artificial Widening
  4. Video: Artificial Widening in a DAW
  5. Video: Introduction to Artificial Doubling
  6. Video: Artificial Doubling in a DAW
  7. Video: Introduction to Slapback
  8. Video: Slapback in a DAW
  9. Video: Introduction to Echo
  10. Video: Echo in a DAW
  11. Video: Introduction to Mono and Stereo Delays
  12. Video: Delays in a DAW
  13. Video: Introduction to Reverb
  14. Video: Reverb in a DAW
  15. Video: Effects
  16. Video: And Effects
  17. Discussion Prompt: Name That Tune

Graded: Vocal Effects

WEEK 3


Vocal Time Compression and Expansion: Tools of the Trade



In this lesson the nature of the DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) will be demystified and simplified. You will understand time as an absolute concept, time as a relative concept and further grasp the utility of the sample rate and bit depth parameters in your audio software. You will be shown tools that can change a song from a ballad to a dance record and vice versa. Many modern vocal production tools exist in software that might already be on your computer; but if you do not have such tools, you will document the use of these concepts via in-depth analysis of current and emerging music.


14 videos expand


  1. Video: Basic Audio Editing
  2. Video: Basic Audio Editing in a DAW
  3. Video: Time Based Audio Editing
  4. Video: Time Based Editing in a DAW
  5. Video: Tempo Based Audio Editing
  6. Video: Tempo Based Editing in a DAW
  7. Video: Basic Audio Sampling
  8. Video: Audio Sampling in a DAW
  9. Video: Elastic Audio
  10. Video: Elastic Audio in a DAW
  11. Video: Flex
  12. Video: Flex in a DAW
  13. Video: ReVoice
  14. Video: Revoice in a DAW
  15. Discussion Prompt: Name That Tune

Graded: Tools of the Trade

WEEK 4


Vocal Pitch Correction and Tuning: tools of the Trade



In this lesson, you will learn some of the industry standard pitch correction and tuning tools. Although you will gain an understanding and appreciation of how easy the job of a vocalist can be when these tools are used, you will also learn that your first lesson in simple performance and placement is still the most potent skill in your art of vocal production arsenal.


10 videos expand


  1. Video: Filters
  2. Video: Band Pass
  3. Video: Megaphone Effect
  4. Video: Electric Megaphone
  5. Video: Talkbox
  6. Video: Vocoder
  7. Video: Introduction to Autotune
  8. Video: Autotune in a DAW
  9. Video: Melodyne
  10. Video: Melodyne in a DAW
  11. Discussion Prompt: Name That Tune

Graded: Tools of the Trade
Graded: Vocal Technology in the Field
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