LONDON VOCAL PRODUCTION
The best vintage microphones, pre-amps & expert know-how
The key task of vocal production is to shape the vocal sound so that it fits the song. Julian has been involved in musicianship, choir ensembles, vocal mixing and producing and of music for 3 decades; bringing unique qualities to vocal mixes. His skill in mixing and producing vocals has gained artist chart success', making him a sought-after vocal producer. He is the top of his game at mixing vocals with the right blend of preamps, reverbs and delays.
London vocal production
Vocal production is one of the most necessary parts of making a professional sounding song. The track has to sound awesome for radio and when sent into labels so that they invest in its future.
Vocals hold the message of a song, so have to be brilliantly recorded and expertly mixed. Our vocal-production makes this happen with specialist vocal tools and London vocal producer know-how.
Over the decades Joules Productions has been delivering incredible sounding vocals that have lead to tracks being entering the charts, Film and TV commercials, MTV and millions of online social media attention. The reason for this is that we use the best mics and pre-amps heard on hit records since the 1950's, which are the best.
These were chosen carefully alongside other analog and digital equipment that deliver the sound of hit records today.
With the worlds greatest tube microphones, pre-amps and digital plugins, Joules Productions recording studios can guarantee perfection in vocal quality.
Major record companies have always said that it's best not to waste their time, so it is important to get the sound right for them to hear. When a demo is often sent to labels A&R departments, most cannot guess how that song will sound later, so a rough demo is not ideal to send in. Only the best and completed versions of a song is the way to capture the attention an artist wants today.
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.
Guided top lines & harmonies
We know what works for catchy top-line melodies and harmonies to enhance them. With our vast background in music theory and business perspectives, we are here to insure we accomplish hit records
For a listener to keep an interest in a song, vocal dynamics are highly necessary. This brings emotion to the lyrical content and music. We nurture artists to feel songs when performing
The best microphones & preamps
We use the world's greatest microphones heard on hit records since the 1950s. Available are a C12, U47, U67 & others
Alignment & pitch correction
Pitch correction is vital in bringing songs up to a professional level. These are used to perfect vocal leads, harmonies and adlibs
Vocal harmonies can be vital for bringing out dynamics in a song and can make it more so professionally and complete. The right quantity is the icing on the cake, especially with "Ooohs" and "Aahhs" which bring songs to life in a big way.
Julian's piano training makes vocal harmonies a breeze to do. As an improviser this allows him to bring instant music flow, with genius vocals.
Here are some examples.
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 in parts without making it sound computerised (like Cher). Available are also tools that can align vocal harmonies with speed to the lead vocals, perfectly!
We can also provide extreme vocal autotuning if wanted, which can often contain that all out 'auto-tune' sound wanted in rap music.
1 - Raw vocals
2 - Tuned
3 - Mixed & Aligned
4 - Automated
Vocal tuning examples
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