LONDON VOCAL PRODUCTION RECORDING STUDIO
The best vintage equipment and expert know-how
The key task of a vocal production recording studio is to shape vocals to fit into a song perfectly. Vocal producer and engineer Julian Chown has worked in musicianship, choirs, vocal mix engineer and producing vocals for over 3 decades; bringing a unique quality to vocal recordings. His skills', mixing and producing vocals have gained artists' chart success. He is the top of his game in recording, producing and directing vocals along with the ideal blend of professional Neve Preamps, Abbey Road reverbs and MXR delays.
London vocal production
Vocal production is one of the most important parts of making a song sound professional. A track has to sound close perfectly awesome for radio, media and labels these days.
Vocal Recording Equipment
Sung and spoken vocal recordings tell a story behind songs, so need to be recorded with care. Our vocal-production and recording equipment makes it time saving with our specially chosen tools and expert vocal producer's know-how.
Over the decades, Joules Productions has been delivering incredible sounding vocals that have led to tracks entering the charts, Films, TV commercials, MTV and millions of social media attention. The reason is our way of approaching vocal recording performances, the use of mics, our vocal booth and the chosen preamps. Our preamps and microphones have been heard on countless hit records since the 1950's, and these are the best available for the highest end vocal recording studios.
Alongside analog, we use digital equipment to home in on performances to deliver the sound of today's hit records.
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