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52 Reason and Record Tips Week 30: Using Neptune on a Singer that needs it...ME!

posted 2010-09-17 at 18:38

Now that Record 1.5 has come out, people are experimenting with the Neptune Pitch Corrector and Voice Synth and some have been asking for tips for lead vocals. Still others have been asking how to activate the Voice Synth for some insta-harmonies. This week I'll attempt to answer both questions by putting Neptune to the test ON MYSELF! You are about to witness my debut as a singer... and my swan song all the same time.


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Comments (6)

Comment posted by: patricksharpe - 2010-09-18 22:48

Hey thanks James. When I was working with Neptune I discovered much of what was laid out in this tutorial already, but there were a few interesting tips you had mentioned that certainly cleared up some minor confusion such as the catch zone and how it should be properly used when working with vocals. To be honest I think some of the people in the forum, that had their own issues when using Neptune, were simply expecting something more like an "Antares" Auto tune to use as an effect similar to T-pains vocal productions. Personally, in my opinion, such effects are cool but are way over played these days. Propellerheads designed something much more useful; pitch correction that works easily, more organically, and more robustly overall. Having pitch correction, that simply works within the Record / Reason environment, is a huge time saver. I think this really should be the strength of peoples focus and not the fact that Neptune isn't an Antares auto tune clone. Neptune really did hit the proverbial nail right on the head!

PS: It was only slightly painful. :)

Comment posted by: PsyTale - 2010-09-19 20:43

Hi James,

Your tutorials really rock, I have to be honest. I know youve been doing alot of tutoring concerning reason from years ago, and I didnt like all of it. But your shed a new light on yourself for me with these tutorials. I was a bit apprehensive about it at first but after viewing a few of them I started to put them to the test. Alot of really nice stuff I had not thought about I was able to use because of this. Anyway, this tutorial once again really usefull, I had been playing with neptune but I didnt get the point somehow. The cool thing about it is that I cant sing for shit, and this tutorial gave me hope I might be able to use my own vocals in a track later on :)

Ill post it here if i have something that i deem listenable :)

Thanks a bunch!

Comment posted by: Gongfarmer - 2010-09-24 12:01

Thank you. You really should reconsider your opinion of your singing. It wasn't entirely too bad to begin with.

Well, if you can do it, I can too. With your super fine tutorials I'll be all over it like with mad skillets!

Comment posted by: hubub - 2010-10-15 13:57

Thanks James, I sort of went off Neptune for a while, My Vocs sounded worse through Neptune. With the knowledge gained through your tutorial, it's back to the drawing board.

Thanks again

Comment posted by: paulhinr - 2010-10-27 17:26

Thank you so much. I was working through Record help on Neptune and was mystified at the "create sequencer track for Neptune" part. Nothing said how do that, but your demonstration showed how simple it is. See, when you click on "Create" in the context menu, it's not there - you just have to look further down.

Comment posted by: dysamoria - 2012-07-30 17:29

James, your voice has good timbral quality to it (if that's the right term). If you spent a lot of time singing to music as a focus (meaning, not just casually, but actually putting work into it), you could train your note targeting and be a fine singer.

Your voice sounded best in this tutorial after only the slightest tuning was added. Once you went beyond that, it just sounded... uh... strange... in the pop, radio, mass market kind of strange, rather than the unique and interesting strange.

So, it's up to your interest and motivation on the singing. If you enjoy it in the slightest, spend some time practicing to music you love the lyrics and singing on, with a singer that is at least mostly in your range (it's good to have someone that pushes your limits in order to attain improvements).

Singing is generally a fun thing for people, whether or not they're confident about their voice (people that don't sing in public or around friends probably still sing in the shower or along to music in private). i encourage anyone to practice to improve their note targeting, range and projection as it adds comfort in singing around others :-)