Recording Vocals Like a Pro: Nail Recording Techniques and Acoustics

Rob Mayzes, audio-visual engineer, musician and video creator.

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17 Videos (47m)
    • Welcome!

    • 4 Key Considerations Part 1

    • 4 Key Considerations Part 2

    • Room Acoustics Made Easy

    • Early Reflections

    • Microphones and Early Reflections

    • The Ultimate Free Technique for Improving your Vocals & Voice Overs!

    • WOW - Take a Listen!

    • Behind The Scenes - Acoustic Treatment

    • Exploit Mic Placement Part 1

    • Exploit Mic Placement Part 2

    • Mic Placement Examples

    • Awesome Sound Isolation (Getting Rid of Background Noise)

    • Use a Pop Filter

    • This Is Why You Need a Pop Shield!

    • Shock Mounts

    • Recording Technique & Acoustics Summary


About This Class

Get better at recording vocals and voice overs at home. Without spending a fortune!

It’s easy for anyone to start recording vocals at home with modern affordable equipment.

But there is a huge problem. Information is spread all over the internet and it’s hard to find good advice. There is a lack of awareness of the importance of recording technique.

When it comes to music, vocals are often the hardest thing to nail at home.  It’s hard to make vocals sit in the mix. Most of the time, you can hear that they were recorded in a small untreated room.

The internet is full of podcasts, videos and courses with awful sound quality. The voice recording is hard to understand and irritating to the ear. In some cases it’s simply unintelligible!

Improve your technique for recording vocals and vocie overs. It’s the easiest step to increasing the quality of your releases. Yet it is so often neglected!

Vocals sound like they were recorded in a completely different space and don’t gel with the music. Speech is often understandable but sounds distant, thin or odd. This has a proven negative effect on the perception of your work. To give that premium feel, you need high quality vocal and voice recordings.

Follow the simple steps outlined in this course. You will quickly and easily improve your music, podcasts, audiobooks, voice overs or videos. In fact, anything that includes vocals, spoken word or dialog can be improved without difficulty.

This will impress your current fans. Attract new customers. Increase sales, downloads or streams.

All you need is a microphone and a stand which can cost you as little as $40!


What’s Inside

You might be asking: what exactly are we going to cover in these lectures? And the answer is pretty much everything you need to know about recording technique and room treatment:

  • Mic Placement
  • Recording Techniques
  • Room Acoustics
  • Free Acoustic Treatment
  • Sound Isolation
  • Accessories
  • and more!

29 of 29 students recommendSee All

I wish I had this class 15 years ago!
Knowledgeable instructor and an informative course with lots of examples.
This is a good course for someone just starting out and the lessons cover the basics of bedroom vocal recording. The information is correct and helpful but the pacing is very slow. This course would be helped by some snappy edits. You can find this info from many sources on YouTube or books on the subject. What sells a course is its ability to hold the viewers attention and this one was a bit hard to sit through. Helpful to beginners though so I can recommend it.





Rob Mayzes

audio-visual engineer, musician and video creator.

Audio guy, video creator and online entrepreneur. 

Teacher at Home Studio Center (the place where people go to get better at home recording). Instructor to over 4,329 students on Udemy. Writer at Tuts+ (Music & Audio) and contributor at Ultimate-Guitar.

Wanderluster and jack of all trades (master of some).

I've worked in a range of recording studios, live venues and film sets as both a musician and sound technician. I have also worked in numerous large venues as an audio-visual engineer and lighting designer.

I've worked with (and been taught by) boom operators and sound recordists that have worked on large budget feature films (such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Clash of the Titans, Layer Cake, Shaun of the Dead, World War Z) and popular TV shows (such as Ricky Gervais' Extras and Gavin & Stacey). They in turn learned from some of the top Hollywood sound guys and legends!

I now spend most of my teaching online from my home studio in London, England.

I currently hold a First Class BSc Degree in Audio Design and Production from the University of Kent and I'm an Avid Certified Pro Tools 11 User.