WEEK 4

 
Sound Board
Lesson 1: Writing A Song Before Producing It

Songwriting first

  • Intentional approach

  • Raaw demo

  • Melody & structure

  • Lyrics

  • Voice memo it

 

Task: Make demo

 
Music Recording
Lesson 2: Producing The Instrumental
 

Producing the Instrumental

  • Make the beat first

  • Don’t overthink it

  • Save time for vocals

 

Task: Produce the beat

 
Singing with Headphones
Lesson 3: Recording Vocals I
 
  • The industry standard for recording and exporting songs at high resolution audio is 44.1 kHz/24-bit 

  • When recording, aim for an average of -18dB. 

  • Your loudest parts should be peaking around -10dB and lowest around -24dbB. 

  • This ensures you retain dynamic range without clipping or distorting the signal. 

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Recording Music
Lesson 4: Recording Vocals II

Recording Vocals

  • Mic Setup

  • Warm up takes

  • 10 actual takes

  • Comping parts

  • Harmonies later

 

Task: Record lead vocals

 
Retro Microphone
Lesson 5: Vocal Comping

Recording Vocals

  • Mic Setup

  • Warm up takes

  • 10 actual takes

  • Comping parts

  • Harmonies later

 

Task: Record lead vocals

 
 
Music Recording
Lesson 6: Pitch Correction

Pitch Correction

  • Most important

  • Tedious process

  • Trains your ears

  • Fix what sticks out

  • Don’t rush this

 

Task: Pitch correct vocals

Music Equipment
Lesson 7: Mixing Vocals

Mixing Vocals

  • Melodyne

  • Autotune

  • EQ

  • Multiband

  • Compression

  • De-esser

  • Saturation

  • Reverb/Delay

 

Task: Mix your vocals

 
Music Sheet
Task

Update your default template and include the vocal mixing chain you’ve created. From this point on you will record and sing into the vocal mixing chain so you hear yourself mixed.

Mariachi Music
Lesson 8: Parallel Compression 
 
Music Equipment
Lesson 9: Delay Throws 
 
Sticky Notes
Important Reminder!
Enjoying Music
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Congratulations!
  • Congratulations on finishing week 4! 

  • You will feel more comfortable and confident with these techniques over time.

  • Remember that real growth comes through challenge, so keep pushing through.

  • Onto week 5 where you will learn how to record and mix live instruments.

  • Transformation awaits you!