Harmony Recording Awesomeness shows you how to record vocal harmony that sounds incredible, even if you only have one singer!
Recording your music alone in your home studio can be challenging, especially if you want vocal harmonies in your song. What if you don't know any other singers? And even if you do, getting them to your place, teaching them the parts, and then recording everybody can be a huge hassle.
I grew up loving groups like Journey, Kansas, Queen, Chicago, the Beatles, Boston, The Eagles, ELO and Dan Fogelberg. They all had incredible sounding vocal harmony and I wanted to sing those songs.
Problem: of my friends who could sing, none of them could sing harmony!
Solution: Sing all the harmonies myself.
How did I do that? Well it wasn't easy in the 80s! I used two tape recorders and bounced my voice back and forth between them until there was 3 or 4 part harmony. It was cool, but it was god-awful noisy (gotta love cassette tape recording). And I certainly could not afford to go to a recording studio.
I was stuck doing things this way until computer recording came around with easily affordable high-quality sound and unlimited tracks. If this technology had been available when I was a kid, I may never have seen the light of day:). The point is - now everyone can afford great- sounding recording capability. And anyone can record harmonies and make them sound like Queen, or Kansas...if they know the right techniques.
Listen to what just one voice (mine) can sound like
That one voice was mine! Just me, myself, and...me:). And all of those recordings were made on my computer, in a converted bedroom. But most people say they sound like they were produced in professional commercial studio. Nope. And you can do the exact same thing.
Nope. You can do amazing things with just a decent USB mic (~$50) and free recording software. You can then do even more with Reaper software, a large diaphragm condenser mic and a USB recording interface box. And all of that is STILL less expensive than going to a commercial recording studio.
Nope again. This course shows you the basics using tow different recording programs - Audacity (free!) and the toally professional but crazy-affordable Reaper software ($65).
These easy-to-follow, fun-but-super-informative videos will show you everything you need to know to record, mix and produce multiple-part harmonies. And Lesson 10 has 4 videos showing you how to use special software to actually sing harmonies for you! I don't typically recommend recording harmony this way because the software can be expensive, and it's a bit more work. Plus the harmonies don't always sound exactly natural. BUT - they can do some amazing things, including helping you figure out harmony parts. This lesson shows you how to use 3 programs for singing harmony for you:
1. ReaVoice (free if you have Reaper)
2. Antares Harmony Engine EVO (costs about 200 bucks - I told you it can be expensive:-P)
3. Vielklang Instant Harmony (costs about 150 bucks)
These 18 videos will show you step-by step - using either the free Audacity, or the crazy-affordable super-professional software called Reaper, how to start recording your own awesome vocal harmonies
You get 18 videos and pdf transcriptions for each one.
Here is an excerpt from the course:
So if you love vocal harmony and you are a solo musician, this course is definitely tailor-made for you. You can be recording amazing vocal harmonies on your computer in an hour or two.
[Much of the material in this course also appears in The Newbies Guide to Audio Recording Awesomeness course. Current owners of the previous courses can contact us for special discount pricing.]
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