Producertech has recently released a new tutorial course by talented and prolific producer Jafunk. The Pro Vocal Production Masterclass contains a set of tutorials in which you will be taken through all the techniques involved in going from raw recordings to polished and perfectly mixed vocals, using Jafunk’s recent track ‘You Got Me’.
Beginning with a number of suggestions for how to go about achieving a high-quality recording, Jafunk then dives straight into the project, initially looking at corrective procedures for improving the timing and pitch of vocal takes, by manually editing and using the 3rd-party plugin Melodyne. He then moves onto setting levels and panning layers, to achieve a strong but pleasantly spread vocal.
After all, parts are sufficiently synchronised, tuned and sounding as one, he moves onto vocal enhancement, working through each of the plugins used to add the polish and professional touches that elevate the vocal in the mix. Signals are compressed and saturated, sibilance is removed and width and depth are applied with delay and reverb. Once Nick’s voice has been treated, Jafunk shows how similar processing can be applied to Dana’s voice so that both vocalists are made to inhabit the same space and the track has a unified sound.