Crafting beats with Logic Pro X Pro X

Welcome to my blog, I made this for my studio called 42 Records. I’m gonna give yall tips on how to improve your music because honestly it’s not that hard, just takes practice. One of the main thing we are all tryna record is good vocals. While it may take time to learn how to properly understand how a vocal should sound professionally when recorded, understand that the process to create one can be pretty straightforward. I’ve been doing this for a min and I know that 90% of a vocals quality comes from performance and recording setup. Mixing and eq and compression, reverbs and parallel sends, they are fire for sure, but they aren’t as critical. So let me break it down for yall:

1. Pick your mic.

Think about it. If you were gonna record some rockstar on guitar you’d expect them to be playing a quality guitar right? Why would you expect a $100 microphone to get the job done? Do you really think someone like Drake is using that crap? No, he is using the $10,000 Sony c800 because he sells records. More often than not you are going to rely on more of the trust brands and microphones. I really recommend the TLM-103, fireeee. It has a great midrange and high-end and its pretty affordable to the serious artist or producer.

2. Pick your room and spot:

Okay in my personal opinion this is the second most important thing you gotta know. The room you record in, along with the treatment and tone, is very critical on impacting the color or feel of your recordings. We as humans usually cancel out these low sounds in our head on a day to day basis, but once recorded you can actually pick up on the differences that different rooms and spaces have with their sounds. Having a room in a medium space, with furniture and acoustic panels added and quiet but not unnatural space will allow your vocals to be the main focus and properly glue with the rest of the song. Besides, you can add in space later creatively.

3. Pick your preamp:

This is the third most important thing. You need to boost the recorded vocals in order for your computer to properly record it for playback. This boost is needed and is traditionally done with preamps. Your interface usually comes with one built in, probably why you don’t even really understand wtf a preamp is or why its important. Just know that certain preamps, like the Neve 1073, or the Avalon 737, impact color when raising the mic level in a certain way that makes the vocal just feel right. Get an apollo twin and get the uad versions of these preamps. Honestly lowkey game changer right there.

4. Use compression on the way in

This is something I figured out a few years in once I started really recording vocals a lot. All the major studios use compression on the vocals as you’re recording. You don’t need to do too much, just like 2-3db. You can use an 1176, an LA-2A, or my personal favorite the Tube Tech CL 1B. This is the one most popular artists use.
Thats pretty much it. There are other things I could get into, but honestly they are like 2.5% important compared to all this other stuff. You do these four steps and your vocals will sound high quality just like the ones we do here at 42 Records Studios. Hit me up if you need anymore help

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