Taking a track from a demo to a finished song is no small undertaking. In music production, and especially vocal production, songs can change hands many times, with multiple producers, songwriters, engineers, and performers all making their mark.
To help understand what happens at the different stages of producing a pop song, we brought in an expert—GRAMMY-winning record producer, audio engineer, and educator Prince Charles Alexander (P. Diddy, Mary J. Blige, Notorious B.I.G.).
In Part 1 of this vocal production video series, Charles Alexander sits down with iZotope Director of Education Jonathan Wyner, and the two invite the artists (Spencer William, Songwriter; Alexander Waldin, Producer; Nicole Timm, Vocalist and Songwriter) into the studio. Together, they introduce the song, “Honey,” listening to the demo version and subsequent take, taking note of what’s different, and how the song began to take shape.
In Part 2, Prince Charles discusses what makes a good pop song, and how intention can make or break the most important part: the vocal.