Posts Tagged ‘recording vocals’

Tuesday December 8

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Another vocal editing session at Keith’s house. I also swung by to pick up the other Keith (KC) – the guitar player so he can be part of the process. I wish Dave (drummer) could be there too, but he is super busy lately – he and his wife are expecting a new baby soon. Congrats Dave!

We got through another song that evening. Here is an excerpt from that session:

Younger Than Jesus vocal edit excerpt

Thursday December 3

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

I met up with Keith at his house, and brought a drive with all of the tracks and the logic projects – I have each song we recorded as a separate project. Keith has an iMac and he also has Logic, as well as some nice Adams A7 monitors. The goal for us was to sit together and edit the vocal tracks to get a final result we liked, beforeĀ  diving deep into the mixing process. After several hours of tedious editing, we arrived at what we think was a better end result than any one given vocal track… and that was for one so song so far. Bottom line, we have a lot left to do, just in editing the vocals. But I think it’s worth it in the end.

Here is an excerpt form this process:

Talk Talk vocal edit excerpt

Wednesday December 2

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

The last couple of days I have been organizing the project in Logic. I have all of the recorded files from the Alesis ADAT on my Macbook Pro, and I already had all of the main tracks and some of the lead guitar tracks in and rough mixed, but I also added the new tracks from all the vocal sessions. Man,we sure have a lot of tracks, and the way the Alesis names tracks is generic – Track_1, Track_2…etc. So I took the better part of a day and renamed all of the tracks exactly what they were, for example Lead Guitar_Take1_SM57… Then when I brought them into Logic, I knew exactly what they were. This made it a lot easier to bring in and set up the tracks in Logic, not to mention when we did multiple takes on the Alesis on the same track but say a later session, I would have more than one Track_17 or Track_21 so to speak, and if I were to put them all in the same folder, the ones with the same generic track names would overwrite the other. Not good! Some I can’t stress enough the importance of giving the tracks a unique name and it sure helps to name them what they are.

Tuesday December 1

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Another Vocal session with Keith. We finished all of the main vocal tracks in this session.

Saturday November 21

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Another Vocal session with Keith.

Tuesday November 17

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Keith came over to start the vocal sessions. He brought a Digitech vocal processor of some sort to use for monitoring. I guess he couldn’t find the NanoVerb in stock at the local music store. We worked through as many songs as we could before his voice gave out. For each song we did several takes knowing that we could pick and choose in the post process. We used Keith’s Blue Bluebird condenser mic on his voice. This is a great mic for a great price, sturdy and well made, and comes with the shock mount and pop filter. I have not had a chance to try it out on other sources yet, but I look forward to trying it on some guitar cabs. I have read that this mic is fairly versatile, and as with all the Blue mics, it just looks cool.

Compared to the vocal scratch tracks we did with the Shure Sm58, the Bluebird was an amazing improvement in sound quality, but then again I think most condensers sound better than dynamic mics.