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Community Project: Process a Vocal Track

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Many people learn best not just by reading, listening or watching, but by doing. And that’s what community projects are all about. In this project you’ll be processing a vocal—either a rock vocal or a voiceover. Want to get involved? Read on to learn how.


How to Get Involved

We’ve been covering vocals over the last month or so. But beside giving you great material to read and watch, we want to give you the opportunity to learn by doing. By getting involved.

Would you like to participate? It’s easy, all you need to do is join the Audiotuts+ SoundCloud group and get creative! We'll give you two options: mixing rock vocals and cleaning up a voiceover. Choose the one that appeals to you, or do both!

Option 1: Mix a Rock Vocal

Here's how to get started:

  1. Sign up to SoundCloud if you don't already have an account.
  2. Join the Audiotuts+ Community Projects group.
  3. Download the source files for the project.
  4. Refer to Björgvin Benediktsson's tutorial How to Mix In-Your-Face Rock Vocals and follow the steps to complete the project.
  5. Upload the result to your SoundCloud account no later than August 1st. If you like, describe how you created the track, and what software you used.
  6. Share the track with the Audiotuts+ Community Project group.

Anything goes:

  • Refer to the tutorial steps, but take some time to experiment.
  • Use whatever software you have. The tutorial is based on Logic Pro 9, but you should be able to follow along in your DAW of choice—although you may need to get creative at times.
  • The main vocal track to work on is called 1VOCAL merged.wav, and is contained in the zip file you downloaded.
  • Import the other instrumental tracks and mix them with the vocal as you like. Or create instrument tracks of your own.

Thanks to Björgvin for making these source files available.

Option 2: Clean Up a Voiceover

Here's how to get started:

  1. Sign up to SoundCloud if you don't already have an account.
  2. Join the Audiotuts+ Community Projects group.
  3. Download the source file for the project.
  4. Refer to Randall K. Harp's tutorial Basoc Sound Clean-Up for an Audio Novice and follow the steps to complete the project.
  5. Upload the result to your SoundCloud account no later than August 1st. If you like, describe how you created the track, and what software you used.
  6. Share the track with the Audiotuts+ Community Project group.

Anything goes:

  • Refer to the tutorial steps, but take some time to experiment.
  • Use whatever software you have. The tutorial is based on Adobe Audition, but you should be able to follow along using another audio editor or your DAW. If you don't have audio software, you might like to consider Audacity, which is a free open-source audio editor, and works on most platforms.
  • Use whatever rhythm instruments, samples, virtual instruments, spoons, or wobble boards you like.
  • Include other instruments if you like, but keep the focus on rhythm.
  • Your track can be smooth and subtle, or blow the roof off.
  • For inspiration, check out some of our older and more recent tutorials on producing rhythm tracks.

Thanks to Randall for making his source file available.


Guidelines

  • It must be 100% your own work (not including the source files we provide).
  • You don’t have to spend hours and hours on your track, the project’s aim is to be fun, fast and individual.
  • You may submit more than one track.
  • Have fun!

Conclusion

We’ll post a roundup some of the best submissions next Friday, August 2nd. Remember, this is not a competition. The real benefit is that you learn something by taking part in the project.

Have a question? Please leave it below in the comments. Happy audio processing!

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