About this Course
This course addresses recorded vocal performances and the technologies used to highlight and support them in modern record production and mixes. Most of us know that vocals serve as the focal point of modern recordings but many do not know the tools used or when the tools are used best in modern record production. The course begins with simple vocal placement in a mix, where you will also learn the fundamentals of compression and equalization. You’ll further study delays and reverbs before moving to advanced concepts in audio editing, synthetic processing, automatic & graphic pitch correction, time compression, time expansion, flex and elastic audio. Through analysis and/or hands on projects that the students will post for peer review, the student will gain an understanding of the many choices available to modern record producers as they record and mix with a modern tool set. You’ll see, in action, the Vocoder, Auto-Tune, Melodyne, Elastic Audio, Flex Time, VocAlign, tempo based editing and a host of other file modification protocols that are readily available on most Digital Audio Workstations. This course gives students a thorough look at the expanded choices that have risen in the art of vocal production as a result of these modern tools. The goal of the course is to help interested novices understand the recordings they are listening to, performers find an expanded language for their recorded voices and for vocal producers to be able to create musically artistic visualizations using singers as their paintbrushes.

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Beginner Level

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Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course


1 hour to complete

Welcome To The Art of Vocal Production

Welcome to The Art of Vocal Production! In this module, we will cover all the details about how this course works and what you'll need to know to get the most out of your course experience....
4 readings, 1 quiz
Reading4 readings
A Note From Prince Charles10m
Connect on Facebook and Twitter10m
Course Resources10m
Earn A Course Certificate10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
What Are Your Goals?8m
2 hours to complete

Natural Vocal Design: How Vocal Producers Create

By the end of this lesson you will understand vocal placement within the stereo field and how recording a vocalist multiple times can create various types of listening experiences. You will understand level, phase, phantom center, panning, balance, equalization and compression concepts used in modern recordings. Your ability to listen to music will be expanded and you will probably never listen to vocals in music the same way ever again once you have been exposed to these simple concepts...
19 videos (Total 80 min), 2 quizzes
Video19 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
Quiz2 practice exercises
The Voice12m
Working with the Voice10m


2 hours to complete

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

In this lesson, we will lean less on the vocalist and more on tools that can be used to change the way we listen to vocals in music. You will now understand how delays and reverbs have been used in the music you love and their relationship to time and tempo. Your desire to try out some of these techniques will be piqued by the time you finish this lesson. ...
16 videos (Total 79 min), 1 quiz
Video16 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 Slapback0m
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
Quiz1 practice exercises
Vocal Effects20m


2 hours to complete

Vocal Time Compression and Expansion: Tools of the Trade

In this lesson the nature of the DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) will be demystified and simplified. You will understand time as an absolute concept, time as a relative concept and further grasp the utility of the sample rate and bit depth parameters in your audio software. You will be shown tools that can change a song from a ballad to a dance record and vice versa. Many modern vocal production tools exist in software that might already be on your computer; but if you do not have such tools, you will document the use of these concepts via in-depth analysis of current and emerging music. ...
14 videos (Total 69 min), 1 quiz
Video14 videos
Basic Audio Editing in a DAW3m
Time Based Audio Editing1m
Time Based Editing in a DAW8m
Tempo Based Audio Editing0m
Tempo Based Editing in a DAW5m
Basic Audio Sampling1m
Audio Sampling in a DAW8m
Elastic Audio1m
Elastic Audio in a DAW13m
Flex in a DAW11m
Revoice in a DAW10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Tools of the Trade20m


3 hours to complete

Vocal Pitch Correction and Tuning: More tools of the Trade

In this lesson, you will learn some of the industry standard pitch correction and tuning tools. Although you will gain an understanding and appreciation of how easy the job of a vocalist can be when these tools are used, you will also learn that your first lesson in simple performance and placement is still the most potent skill in your art of vocal production arsenal. ...
10 videos (Total 49 min), 2 quizzes
Video10 videos
Band Pass8m
Megaphone Effect2m
Electric Megaphone1m
Introduction to Autotune1m
Autotune in a DAW5m
Melodyne in a DAW4m
Quiz1 practice exercises
More Tools of the Trade20m

Top Reviews

By ASApr 10th 2018

После прохождения этого курса появились не только новые, структурированные знания, но и освоена профессиональная терминология на английском. Спасибо!

By RSJan 23rd 2018

very interesting and helpful couse! Besides the course material a good platform to discuss and share thoughts and knowledge with classmates!


About Berklee College of Music

Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music. For more than half a century, the college has evolved to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business. Berklee serves distance learners worldwide through its award-winning online extension school, Berklee Online....

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • If you pay for this course, you will have access to all of the features and content you need to earn a Course Certificate. If you complete the course successfully, your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. Note that the Course Certificate does not represent official academic credit from the partner institution offering the course.

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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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