LONDON VOCAL PRODUCTION RECORDING STUDIO
The key task of a vocal producer is to shape vocals to a song without it distracting anyone. Vocal producer and sound engineer, Julian Chown, has worked with 100s of vocalists and choirs in vocal production, vocal mixing and producing for over 3 decades. He brings a unique quality to vocal recordings his skills' have gained chart success over the years. He is one of the top vocal producers and mixers in the UK by bringing perfection to music with his know-how on layering textures, harmonies and mixing methods.
LONDON VOCAL PRODUCTION
Vocal production is one of the most important parts of a professional song. A track has to sound close to perfect so that it is chosen for radio, media and labels these days. He works carefully in making vocals musical (minus current autotune methods) keeping a singers tone real.
VOCAL TWEAKING RECORDING GEAR
Sung and spoken vocal recordings tell a story, so need to be recorded with care. Joules Productions vocal-production recording equipment makes it time-saving with our specially chosen mics, mixing tools and expert vocal producer know-how.
Over the decades, Joules Productions has been delivering incredible sounding vocals. The reason for this is our way of approaching vocal performances, our selection of microphones, our soundproofed vocal-booth, and classic preamps. These have been heard on countless hit records since the 1950s, and are the best selection in top-end vocal recording studios.
Alongside beautiful analog equipment, we use digital plugins to tweak performances which combined, deliver the sound of the hits of today and yesteryear.
With the worlds greatest tube microphones, pre-amps and digital plugins, Joules Productions recording studios can boast perfection in vocal quality.
Major record companies have always said that it's best not to waste their time by sending rough demos, as so it is important to get the sound right. When a demo is often sent to a label A&R department, in most cases they cannot guess how a song will sound later. Only the best, completed songs are methods to capture the attention of a label, and can also help get the attention needed prior to attending label meetings to show commercial interest.
When mixing vocals, it is important to record the vocals properly; as this is where the quality begins.
We use several microphones and tube pre-amps at the same time on the first recordings so that we can learn as to which combination sounds best for the voice.
Once the mic has been decided on, we will then get started. We work by recording the vocal takes on several occasions until the best has been delivered. We then choose the vocal that works best for the track/song. With this, we can go as far as choosing this line by line.
For mixing, dynamics, reverbs, delays, EQs and exciters can then be applied carefully to bring the vocals forward onto the music mix.
METHODS TO VOCAL PRODUCTION
Guided top lines & harmonies
We know what works for catchy top-line melodies and harmonies to enhance them. With our vast background in vocal production, music theory and business, we are here to accomplish hit record making
For a listener to keep on listening to a song, vocal production dynamics are necessary. This brings emotion to the lyrics and music. We direct artists to get into the moment during song performances to give the best emotion for the recording
The best microphones & preamps
We use the world's greatest microphones that can be heard on countless hit records. Available are a C12, U47, U67 & others
Alignment & pitch correction
Pitch correction can be vital in bringing songs up to a professional sound. We firstly make sure that a performance is emotionally connected and then perfect the tuning where necessary.
Vocal harmonies can be vital in bringing dynamics to a song and can make the production connect throughout a song. "Ooohs" and "Aahhs" can be the icing on the cake, bringing songs to life in a big way.
With Julian's piano training, it makes vocal harmony arranging a breeze when creating. Also as an improviser, it allows an instant flow.
Here are some examples.
VOCAL PRODUCTION TUNING
Following an amazing vocal performance, there may be parts that need tweaks in tuning and timing. We can take care of the vocal performances' pitch throughout or with individual notes or parts of a song without sounding computerised (like Cher's "Do you believe"). Additional tools include vocal alignment for tracks, which is very quick and often a must use!
We can also provide extreme vocal autotuning when wanted, which often contains that all out 'auto-tune' sound heard often in rap, pop and dance music today.
1 - Raw vocals
2 - Tuned
3 - Mixed & Aligned
4 - Automated
VOCAL TUNING EXAMPLES
VOCAL TWEAKING TOOLS
For vocal tuning we use melodyne which is a non-destructive tool
Cher and Akon used this auto tune effect in their songs, while Daft Punk often use the classic 'vocoder' effect
VocalSynth can bring a robotic effect, heard often on today's pop music
Syncroarts 'Vocalign' lines up layered vocals quickly