The work of a vocal producer is often overlooked in the process of producing and recording music.
Vocal production is capturing the best vocal performance in line with a record producer’s sonic vision.
Let’s use this as a working definition and unpack the following 3 key ideas:
- BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE
- PRODUCER’S SONIC VISION
Vocal Production is first and foremost about getting the singer’s best delivery. Various techniques are used –
- Vocal warm-ups
- Knowing the artist – relationship, trust and safety brings freedom of expression and excellence.
- Relaxing the artist, e.g. Good conversations, tea, reading the artist’s emotions,
- Encouragement – coaching, motivating, inspiring and cheering on the artist
- Creative Criticism – finding ways of correcting artist without making them feel insecure
A producer who employs these “CAPTURING” techniques is a great vocal producer. In part 3, we’ll look at some of the ways vocal producers help artists deliver their best performance.
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