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Recording Vocals at Home like a Professional Sound Engineer

The Complete Guide to introduce Video Course Creators and YouTubers to Professional Audio Concepts and Techniques.
Instructor:
Federico Soler Fernández
4,969 students enrolled
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By the end of this course, you'll learn how to get an EXEPTIONAL on Udemy's Audio Quality Review Process.
By the end of this course, you'll be able to record and Edit Audio to a professional standard.
By the end of this course, you'll be able to consistently produce Voice Takes that sound clear, powerful, and professional.
By the end of this course, you'll be designing your path to success in no time and I'll be there to guide you through each and every step.
By the end of this course, you'll have a practical and proven guide to improve your working process by applying Recording Techniques in the correct order.
By the end of this course, you'll have a better understanding of the system on wich World-Class Engineers rely on to make their Vocal Recordings sound AWESOME.
By the end of this course, you'll be prepared to avoid common mistakes that ruin your Vocal takes.
By the end of this course, you'll be fully prepared to get your hands on the content you want your course to present instead of getting caught up on the unimportant and time-consuming parts of the process.
By the end of this course, you'll be able to record more videos in less time by speeding up your process to make you more money.
By the end of this course, you'll have more fun and less frustration over your sessions by consistently achieving clarity, depth, and power on each and every Vocal Recording Session.

Hello! My name is Federico and throughout this course, I’ll be teaching everything you need to know about recording and treating vocals professionally from the comfort of your own home.

I’ve been working in the music industry for almost 9 years now. I’ve worked on countless professional recordings and with a wide variety of vocal artists such as singers, rappers, poets and voice over artists.

Now, I’m gonna share with you all the secrets I picked up over the years. How to obtain the most professional results with almost no investment as long as you’re willing to learn.

I take that you wanna know how to record better audio for your videos. Maybe make your voice appear clearer, without any background noise, clicks, pops and or distortion.

Even put a little music on the back to emphasize certain topics or create a bit of a mood.

But, 

  • What is a vocal recording? 
  • Why do we need microphones and what are they?
  • Is an audio interface necessary? 
  • What can I do to improve my room’s acoustics on a budget?
  • How do I treat the audio of my videos for clarity? 
  • What are the right levels? 
  • What is the right audio file format? 

These and many other questions will be answered throughout the course.

Feel free to watch some of the free lecture previews and then when you’re ready, enroll in course. 

Welcome!

1
Welcoming

Chapter 1: Sound Theory

1
What is Sound

Learn about the theory behind sound creation and sound waves propagation through air.

2
Characteristics of Sound

Learn about the most important parameters related to sound.

3
Different Types of Sound Waves

Learn all about sine waves, square waves, sawtooth wave and every other type of waveforms.

4
Sound Behaviour

Learn all about directionality and spatiality in sound acoustics.

5
Chapter 1 Wrap-Up

A couple of questions to apply the knowledge you have just aquired.

Chapter 2: Acoustics

1
What is Acoustics?

Learn all about the acoustic qualities of a room and its properties.

2
Early Reflections

Learn how sound reflects from walls before reaching the listener and how this affects the quality of your vocal recordings.

3
Reverberation

One of the most important factors in achieving high-quality recordings. Learn to control reverberation time in your room.

4
Echoes and Resonances

Learn how this simple phenomenons reflect badly on the quality of your recordings and how to control them.

5
Acoustic Treatment

Learn how to sound proof your room to obtain studio quality vocals at home.

6
Absortion vs Isolation

What is the difference between this two common words. Are they necessary?

7
Chapter 2 Wrap-Up

A couple of questions to apply the knowledge you have just aquired.

Chapter 3: Equipment

1
Acoustic vs Electric Signals

Learn how to convert your voice to an electric signal during recording.

2
Noise

What is noise? Why microphones capture noise when recording my voice?

3
Microphones

One of the key factors in achieve high-quality vocal recordings.  

4
Dynamic Microphones

Wich microphone should I buy? How much money does a dynamic microphone costs?

5
Condenser Microphones

Learn all about condenser microphones. How do they work and what applications are they mostly used for.

6
Directionality and Polar Patterns

Wich type of microphone should you buy? Cardioid or omnidirectional?

7
Wiring

Balanced vs Unbalanced cables. Wich are the best for audio recording at home?

8
Audio Interfaces

Do I really need an audio interface? What are they? Wich one should I buy to record at home?

9
DAWs

Wich program should I use to edit audio? Wich audio software is the best for recording vocals?

10
Mono vs Stereo

Are vocals mono or stereo? Wich type of channel should I create to record vocals coming from my microphone?

11
Pop Filters

What are they? Should I buy one? Can I make one myself at home?

12
Chapter 3 Wrap-Up

A couple of questions to apply the knowledge you have just aquired.

Chapter 4: Recording

1
Recording Levels and Distortion

What is the proper level for recording vocals? Why do my recordings distort? What is distortion?

2
Bit Depth and Sample Rate

What are the best settings for recording audio at home?

3
Audio File Formats

Uncompressed vs compressed audio files. Wich is the best audio format?

4
Re-Recording

What should I do when I make a mistake during recording?

5
Chapter 4 Wrap-Up

A couple of questions to apply the knowledge you have just aquired.

Chapter 5: Treatment

1
Reference Tracks

The best way to ensure that you achieve high-quality audio content.

2
Plugins

How to edit audio and add effects to my vocal recordings?

3
Noise Reduction

How to remove noise from your vocal recordings?

4
Equalization

Learn all about equalizers and how to equalize your vocal recordings.

5
Filters

What is a filter and why you must always filter your signals?

6
Breathing

Another contributing factor to the overall noise profile of your vocal recordings is the fact that breathing can get out of hand sometimes.

7
De-Essing

Much like the breathing noises being to loud, certain consonants like Ss, Xs and Cs can make annoying disturbances in your recordings.

8
Peak vs RMS

A key factor in achieve competitive quality recordings in the audio industry.

9
Compression

Compressors are another type of plugins that controls the volume or gain fluctuations of a signal. 

10
Limiting

Learn all about limiters. Why do you need them and why they are better than normalization.

11
Chapter 5 Wrap-Up

A couple of questions to apply the knowledge you have just aquired.

Chapter 6: Enhancement

1
Artistic Equalization

How to enhance the best parts of your speech qualities for a better listening experience.

2
Side-Chain Compression

How to avoid masking when using background music to spice up your videos.

3
Reverb, Delay and Send FX

How to setup send effects to make your recording more natural with reverb, or more artistic with delay.

4
Aproach it like a Singer: Warming Up

Tips and techniques to be more confortable infront of the camera and get the most out of your recordings.

5
Chapter 6 Wrap-Up

A couple of questions to apply the knowledge you have just aquired.

Extra Class

1
Extra Class

Congratulations! Final words and farewell.

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