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This video course provides you with the gear recommendations, technical knowledge, and recording techniques needed to record professional-quality vocals at home on a budget. No previous experience required.

Course Curriculum

The Vocal Recording Blueprint
Vocal Recording Fundamentals and Gear Recommendations + Free Gifts
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Setting Up Your Recording Rig
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Building a Cheap DIY Vocal Booth
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Microphone Placement
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Setting Input Levels
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Recording Leads, Doubles, Harmonies, Whispers, Screams, and Ad Libs
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Getting the Best Performance From Your Vocalist
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Cleaning Your Recordings: Comps, Pitch Correction, and Time Correction
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The Ultimate Vocal Processing Chain and Recommended Device Settings
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Mastering and Exporting Your Songs
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Hey, I'm Charles...

I've been working as a music producer and audio engineer since 2012 and I want to help you create great music. In this video course, I teach you how start capturing professional quality vocal recordings at home in under 3 hours.
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Charles Hoffman
Music Producer and Audio Engineer

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"The Home Recording Blueprint has drastically improved the quality of my vocal and guitar recordings."

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Interested in Learning How to Record Vocals
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If The Vocal Recording Blueprint doesn't help you achieve professional-quality recordings at home, we offer a 30 day 100% money back guarantee.

Get the course, watch the videos, and start using the recording techniques.

Not satisfied with the results? Contact us within 30 days of your initial purchase, and we'll give you a full refund, no questions asked.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What's Recording?

The process of producing a song is broken into four distinct categories: songwriting, recording, mixing, and mastering. Many musicians spend a great deal of time writing songs, but don't necessarily know how to get their songs recorded, mixed, mastered, and uploaded to streaming services.

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What Are Apple Digital Masters?

Apple runs a program called 'Apple Digital Masters' (formerly 'Mastered For iTunes'), which is an initiative that allows engineers to preserve the highest audio quality possible when encoding masters for digital distribution through Apple Music.

By remaining up-to-date on Apples' formatting requirements, we're able to provide our clients with masters that follow the 'Apple Digital Masters' formatting guidelines. The specific formatting requirements are as follows:

Source File Type: WAV
Source File Bit Depth: 24-bit
Source File Sample Rate: Minimum 44.1 kHz

Master File Type: WAV
Master File Bit Depth: 24-bit
Master File Sample Rate: 44.1, 48, 88.2, or 96 kHz.

• Masters must be auditioned as encoded by the current Apple AAC encoder using the "Apple Digital Masters Droplet" or "RoundTripAAC" plugin.

• Audible clipping caused by excessive levels to the encoder can cause Apple to reject the audio file and abstain from labeling it as an 'Apple Digital Master.'

• The PCM audio of the masters from the mastering house must not be altered.

To upload your songs to Apple Music and have them labeled as 'Apple Digital Masters,' you must use an approved music distribution company like Distrokid. You'll need to submit a request to Distrokid and inform them that your music has been mastered via an Apple-approved Apple Digital Masters mastering house.

When you submit a request to Distrokid, choose "Managing Music and Profile in Stores" as the category, and "Enable Mastered for iTunes" as the Managing Music - Topic.

Once enabled, you'll be asked to provide the name of the Apple-approved mastering house, and the email address of the mastering engineer who mastered the project. Please input the following information if you've used the Black Ghost Audio Mastering Service:

• Mastering House: Black Ghost Audio
• Engineer's Email Address: charles@blackghostaudio.com

Note: You can't replace an existing Apple Music release with an Apple Digital Master. You'll need to delete your existing release and then upload the Apple Digital Master to Distrokid. Keep in mind that this process will delete the release from all stores, and not just Apple Music.

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Does a Real Person Master My Music?

Yes. Every project that gets submitted to us is listened to and mastered by our in-house audio engineer, Charles Hoffman.

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Why Is My Mastered Track Not as Loud as Other Tracks?

There are three potential reasons for this:

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What If I'm Unhappy with The Home Recording Blueprint?

Client satisfaction is our top priority, and we'll do everything in our power to provide you with a product that meets your standards. If you require revisions, please contact us.

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What's Recording?

The process of producing a song is divided into four distinct stages: songwriting, recording, mixing, and mastering.

Songwriting involves coming up with the lyrics, melody, harmony, and rhythm for a song. Many musicians write songs all the time, but the only place they save their ideas is in their head.

Using software known as a digital audio workstation (DAW), as well as some external hardware, you're able to save your ideas to your computer. Capturing quality vocal, guitar, bass, and drum recordings requires the right equipment, technical knowledge, and recording techniques.

The process of blending your recordings together is referred to as mixing. It involves setting track levels, panning tracks, and applying audio effects to your recordings. Working with poor quality recordings makes mixing quite difficult, and sometimes impossible. To create a great mix, you need to start with great recordings.

Mastering is the process of preparing a song or album for distribution. Formatting your music for streaming services, CDs, and vinyl is considered part of the mastering process.

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What Are Apple Digital Masters?

Apple runs a program called 'Apple Digital Masters' (formerly 'Mastered For iTunes'), which is an initiative that allows engineers to preserve the highest audio quality possible when encoding masters for digital distribution through Apple Music.

By remaining up-to-date on Apples' formatting requirements, we're able to provide our clients with masters that follow the 'Apple Digital Masters' formatting guidelines. The specific formatting requirements are as follows:

Source File Type: WAV
Source File Bit Depth: 24-bit
Source File Sample Rate: Minimum 44.1 kHz

Master File Type: WAV
Master File Bit Depth: 24-bit
Master File Sample Rate: 44.1, 48, 88.2, or 96 kHz.

• Masters must be auditioned as encoded by the current Apple AAC encoder using the "Apple Digital Masters Droplet" or "RoundTripAAC" plugin.

• Audible clipping caused by excessive levels to the encoder can cause Apple to reject the audio file and abstain from labeling it as an 'Apple Digital Master.'

• The PCM audio of the masters from the mastering house must not be altered.

To upload your songs to Apple Music and have them labeled as 'Apple Digital Masters,' you must use an approved music distribution company like Distrokid. You'll need to submit a request to Distrokid and inform them that your music has been mastered via an Apple-approved Apple Digital Masters mastering house.

When you submit a request to Distrokid, choose "Managing Music and Profile in Stores" as the category, and "Enable Mastered for iTunes" as the Managing Music - Topic.

Once enabled, you'll be asked to provide the name of the Apple-approved mastering house, and the email address of the mastering engineer who mastered the project. Please input the following information if you've used the Black Ghost Audio Mastering Service:

• Mastering House: Black Ghost Audio
• Engineer's Email Address: charles@blackghostaudio.com

Note: You can't replace an existing Apple Music release with an Apple Digital Master. You'll need to delete your existing release and then upload the Apple Digital Master to Distrokid. Keep in mind that this process will delete the release from all stores, and not just Apple Music.

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How Are the Videos Accessed?

The course videos are accessed through a platform called Teachable. You can login to Teachable through an internet browser, or through Teachable's iOS app called myTeachable.

With your one-time purchase, you're granted lifetime access to The Home Recording Blueprint video course.

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What Do I Need to Follow Along With the Course?

You'll need a computer to install the software used in the course. If you own a PC or a Mac, you're all set.

The recording software used to demonstrate concepts throughout The Home Recording Blueprint is called Pro Tools First and it's free to download.

Pro Tools is often referred to as the "industry standard" digital audio workstation (DAW), and it's used by many commercial studios.

Your recording goals will determine the hardware you require. For example, recording a vocalist doesn't usually require as many microphones as recording a drum kit.

As you make your way throughout The Home Recording Blueprint, you'll learn about the recording equipment relevant to you and your situation.

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What's the Accusonus Audio Repair Bundle?

Accusonus' audio repair bundle, referred to as the ERA 4 Bundle, contains six single single knob audio plug-ins that are designed to correct audio recording issues. They deliver quality results with minimal effort, even if you’ve never edited audio before. With the ERA Bundle, you don’t have to be a pro to sound like one.

The Accusonus ERA 4 Bundle includes a:

• Noise Remover
• Reverb Remover
• Voice Leveler
• De-Esser
• Plosive Remover
• De-Clipper

Save over 20% on the Accusonus ERA 4 Bundle's retail price when you purchase the Premium tier video course option.

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