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Approx. 11 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English

What you will learn

  • Discuss the various types of dynamics processing and when to use each and apply equalization to a vocal track to enhance and improve the quality

  • Define, describe, and apply time based effects and use them to enhance the sound of a vocal track

  • Compare audio editing techniques, including time based and tempo based

  • Discuss how technology has changed the music recording industry

Skills you will gain

Audio RecordingMusic technologyMusicMusic productionSinging

Learner Career Outcomes

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100% online
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Flexible deadlines
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Beginner Level

There is no prior experience or knowledge needed to enroll in this course.

Approx. 11 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

1 hour to complete

Welcome To The Art of Vocal Production

1 hour to complete
5 readings
5 readings
A Note From Prince Charles10m
Connect on Facebook and Twitter10m
Download Pro Tools First or the FREE Demo Version [Optional]10m
Course Resources10m
Earn A Course Certificate10m
1 practice exercise
What Are Your Goals?8m
2 hours to complete

Natural Vocal Design: How Vocal Producers Create

2 hours to complete
19 videos (Total 80 min)
19 videos
Vocal Range2m
Vocal Registers2m
Voice Type3m
Equalization (EQ)13m
Dynamics Processing8m
Vocal Mix Placement2m
Vocal Mixing in a DAW4m
Natural Doubling3m
Multiple Vocals1m
A Single Vocal Copied3m
Two Vocals in Phantom Center3m
Natural Widening1m
Two Vocals Panned2m
Three Vocals Center Panned4m
Four Vocals Panned3m
Five Vocals Center Panned Cascaded3m
Six Vocals Center Panned Cascaded3m
Four Stack Harmony10m
2 practice exercises
The Voice12m
Working with the Voice10m
Week
2

Week 2

2 hours to complete

Artificial Vocal Design: How Vocal Producers “Sweeten” the Creation

2 hours to complete
16 videos (Total 79 min)
16 videos
Time Based Effects in a DAW12m
Introduction to Artificial Widening2m
Artificial Widening in a DAW7m
Introduction to Artificial Doubling1m
Artificial Doubling in a DAW2m
Introduction to Slapback59s
Slapback in a DAW3m
Introduction to Echo2m
Echo in a DAW9m
Introduction to Mono and Stereo Delays2m
Delays in a DAW7m
Introduction to Reverb2m
Reverb in a DAW8m
More Effects2m
And More Effects10m
1 practice exercise
Vocal Effects20m
Week
3

Week 3

2 hours to complete

Vocal Time Compression and Expansion: Tools of the Trade

2 hours to complete
14 videos (Total 69 min)
14 videos
Basic Audio Editing in a DAW3m
Time Based Audio Editing1m
Time Based Editing in a DAW8m
Tempo Based Audio Editing53s
Tempo Based Editing in a DAW5m
Basic Audio Sampling1m
Audio Sampling in a DAW8m
Elastic Audio1m
Elastic Audio in a DAW13m
Flex25s
Flex in a DAW11m
ReVoice48s
ReVoice in a DAW10m
1 practice exercise
Tools of the Trade20m
Week
4

Week 4

5 hours to complete

Vocal Pitch Correction and Tuning: More tools of the Trade

5 hours to complete
10 videos (Total 49 min)
10 videos
Four Filters in DAW8m
Megaphone Effect2m
Electric Megaphone1m
Talkbox11m
Vocoder9m
Introduction to Autotune1m
Autotune in a DAW5m
Melodyne1m
Melodyne in a DAW4m
1 practice exercise
More Tools of the Trade20m

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  • During the course, you will be asked at times to submit recorded examples of your song ideas. In order to do this, you will need your computer's built-in microphone or an external microphone plugged directly into your computer (via built-in ports or an external audio interface), in addition to basic audio recording software, such as Audacity or GarageBand, that will allow you to record yourself and save the recording in MP3 format.

  • Although working with your own original music is not required of this course, you are welcome to use your compositions and songs for some class work.

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