Studio Techniques To Get Great Sounding Vocals, Part 2: In The Control Room

Posted: February 16, 2010 in Music, Tutorials
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(See part 1 of this series.)

During a session, I remember when an artist was on mic, out in the studio ready to start vocal overdubs, and the producer asked: “how do we look in here from out there?”

Interesting, because he knew the appearance of the control room to the artist might affect the vocal performance. The control room (from the studio) does look like an aquarium with the huge window and the silent action of the animals encased within it.

Reactions to performances reflected in facial expressions and body language are everything to singers and musicians isolated out in the studio.

The concern is that the working in the studio does not feel like being in a Petri dish under the microscopic scrutiny of the control room.

A great vocal sound starts with a good singer who has the artistic goal to perform the best vocal possible. Control room personnel – producer, engineer, assistants, gofers etc. all have a professional responsibility to work towards the pursuit of the artist’s goals. [read]

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