Here is the third post by Jon Wright. Written while sitting in on a vocal session with Kevin Ward and Wayne Haun.
“Two more tips for a great vocal session:
As an engineer you need to find a workflow that works well for you.
For Kevin, it was making 3 passes (minimum) on separate tracks and comping the best of those three takes into one track. This workflow allowed him to get a great track, without tiring the artist out with a hundred takes. This workflow also allowed the producer some freedom to either do whole takes of the entire song or jump around sectionally by verse, chorus, bridge, etc.
Because getting the best takes is always the most important thing you should never use a sluggish workflow that does not allow time for creativity. So finding one that tailors to your needs is really important. As an engineer you can touch up on small session organization things between takes while the producer and artist talk. This can be things like trimming and consolidating regions, adding crossfades, adjusting outboard gear, record enabling, or rough mixing tracks.
Another tip that is very closely related to workflow is: Memory locations are you friend.
While you work your way through the song, make sure to place easily recallable memory locations. That way if the producer or artist says, “give me the 2nd half of the bridge” you can get there in nothing flat.
– Something to think about and discuss: what workflows have worked for you in the past and why? Also, what hasn’t worked?