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

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