Rowman & Littlefield Publishers / Hal Leonard
Trim: 7¾ x 9¼
978-1-5400-2487-9 • Paperback • September 2018 • $23.00 • (£17.99)
Craig Anderton is an internationally recognized authority on music and technology. He has played on, produced, or mastered over 20 major label recordings, did session work in New York in the 1970s on guitar and keyboards, played Carnegie Hall, and more recently, mastered well over a hundred tracks for various artists. His onstage career spans from the 60s to current, EDM-oriented solo performances. As an author, he co-founded Electronic Musician magazine, and has written over 35 books on musical electronics and over a thousand articles. He has also lectured on technology and the arts in 10 countries, 38 U.S. states, and three languages.
Introduction. About This Book
The Impact of Great Vocals
How to Use This Book
Tips and References
Chapter 1. Your Mic Is Your Instrument
Dynamic vs. Condenser Mics
The Importance of Room Acoustics
Mic Preamps and Setting Levels
Chapter 2. Recording Techniques
To Hold or Not to Hold?
Monitoring Your Vocals
Recording a Vocal
Chapter 3. Preparing Your Vocals for the Mix
Step 1: Remove Hiss
Step 2: Delete Silences
Step 3: Reduce Breath Noises and Inhales
Step 4: Reduce Plosive Severity
Step 4: Phrase-by-Phrase Normalization/Gain Changes
Step 5: De-Essing
Step 6: Pitch Correction .
Step 7: Tweak the Vibrato
Time to Start Mixing
Chapter 4. Equalization
Main EQ Parameters
What You’ll End Up Equalizing .
Automated Equalization .
Typical EQ Curves for Vocals
Chapter 5. Dynamics Processing
How Dynamics Processors Work
Types of Dynamics Processors
Chapter 6. Reverb and Delay
Delay Processing .
Key Takeaways .
Chapter 7. Automating Parameter Changes
Automation Methods .
Automating Effects .
Chapter 8. Double-Tracking, Harmonizing, and Layering Vocals
Automatic Double-Tracking (ADT) Plug-Ins
Pseudo-ADT with Pitch Correction
Shifting Pitch to Create Pseudo-Double Tracking
How to Mix Double-Tracked Vocals
The Doubled Vocal Fix
Creating Harmonies with Pitch Correction Software
Techniques for Layered Vocals .
Chapter 9. Vocal Performance Tips
Emotional Dynamic Range
Avoiding the Vocal Disconnect .
The Performance Curve