Recording a Vocal

Let’s record a sung vocal track with Pro Tools® SE.

Features used:

• Quick Start
• Audio Track Recording and Editing
• Compressor and Reverb effects

 

Create the session

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From the Quick Start choose “Vocals”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Record the singing

 

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Click the Track Record Enable button on the
“Voice 1” track so it is ready to record.

Now when you sing into the microphone that’s connected you can see the meter flickering on that track.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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You record by using the Transport controls.
Click the Record Enable circle so that it flashes red, then click the Play triangle.

When you finish singing click the Stop square.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On the “Voice 1” track, you see a waveform for the sound we just recorded.

Click the Track Record Enable button on the track again to take Pro Tools out of record mode.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edit the performance

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You can listen back to your performance by
using the Transport controls.

Click Return to Zero and then click the Play triangle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Clean up the voice recording by using the
“Standard Trimmer” tool to trim the end and beginning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Use the “Selector” tool to select any unwanted sounds, then hit Delete on the keyboard to remove them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjust the effects

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Click one of the Effects to access its controls.

While the audio plays back, move the Less/More Reverb control to hear how it changes the sound.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Click Compressor and move the controls to
smooth the track’s dynamics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Try out different effect presets by clicking on the Compressor’s settings drop-down and selecting from its list.

 

 

 

 

 

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