Melodyne, Autotune, and Digitech Vocalist Workstation are a few examples of the many vocal processors utilized in popular music today. In this case, Imogen Heap is using Digitech’s Vocalist Workstation to perform her song “Hide and Seek”. You may have heard samples from this song used in Jason Derulo’s “Whatcha Say” (Produced by J. R. Rotem and Fuego) and in Afrojack’s popular dance remix. DVW allows users to add up to five part harmonies to either live or pre-recorded vocals. The resulting sound is a harmonized chorus-like effect, each note sounding as if it had been passed through it’s own vocoder.
Here is a very brief clip that describes how to group similar instruments into auxiliary tracks on your recording session. By doing this, you can process several instrument groups simultaneously while maintaining a visually separated mixer.
Here is a short video describing proper studio monitor placement and selection. If you’re working out of a home studio it’s important to conceptualize how sound reflects throughout the room and ultimately reaches your ears. The goal is to achieve a flat and accurate EQ response that will truthfully represent the sound. The more accurate the response, the better the sound in your studio will translate to everthing from a car to a nightclub’s speaker system.
Although this clip is essentially an advertisement for T-Racks and Bobby Osinski’s books, if you are interested in the fundamentals of audio mastering, there are some very good pieces of advice in this short clip. Eq’ing, Compression, and Limiting on the master mix level are detailed in this video.
Recently I’ve been using iZotpe Ozone to Master my newer music projects. After applying Ozone’s effects,the difference in quality and dynamics is like night and day. I can’t recommend this product enough. I encourage everyone to give it a try. Anyhow, here is a tutorial that displays Ozone’s ability to scan the frequencies represented in one song to be mimicked in your own track. Incredible.