It’s well-known in the world of music production that a carefully placed vocal hook on a track can transform a good song into an unforgettable one. There are lots of different ways you can use vox in a track and the way you arrange and manipulate them can sometimes make all the difference.
In Point Blank’s latest video tutorial, Risa T, a producer and Point Blank graduate, uses the stems from L.A. DJ/producer Hoodboi’s ‘Glide‘ remix competition to explore some techniques you can use when working with vocals. Although Point Blank specialise in teaching Music Production & Sound Engineering they also offer courses in Singing & Songwriting and encourage collaboration between the two.
Making layers of your stems is a great way to create a wider sound with your vocals. This, paired with pitching and panning your layers can produce a much more dynamic, fuller overall sound. Before layering your samples making vocal chops of key parts in the song can really help with padding out the track and creating a new hook. These chops can be reversed, stretched, and more and can be used repeatedly throughout your track to give it a more professional touch. Using delays is another useful tool for adding texture to your song, especially if you have sections in your track which are predominantly bass, drums, and vox.
If you’re looking for places to find high-quality vocals like the ones used in this video tutorial, check Point Blank’s 7 Essential Resources for Downloading Free Acapellas.