Comping Vocal Ta kes
During recording, it’s standard practice to record several takes of all vocal parts. The first may be little more than a warm-up, serving to familiarise your singer with the track and give you a chance to set vocal recording levels. In subsequent takes, however, some parts will be strong, whilst others won’t be as well delivered, so recording multiple performances allows for a singer to cover the whole track in a number of different passes. The process of comping a vocal refers to taking the strongest phrases and individual notes and consolidating these to become a single performance. The ways in which DAWs allow for comping vary, so find time to discover exactly how yours works. If you can become quick at this process, carrying it out while your vocalist is still in the studio or making a cup of tea can be a real benefit, as you’ll soon discover if any phrases need to be recorded again.
Choosing the best takes for a vocal should feel intuitive – close your eyes and try to extract the ‘most musical’ sounding words and phrases