The editing of the shouter vocals was done, and we already proceeded with the mixdown of the entire song. But the missing piece of the puzzle was the clean vocalist that sings the melodic, pop-ish chorus and a few other parts together with the shouter. When you missed the previous article that describes our shouter vocal recording with Kim Rese, feel free to check this out here before continue reading this article.
A long time passed until we could find a suitable collaborator that met our expectations sound- and skill-wise. We finally got a great singer/songwriter with a long-lasting recording and touring career involved in the modern rock project. Let me tell you more about who our collaborator is and how we recorded his clean vocals for "Come Back".
Almost by accident, we connected with Renny Carroll over the internet someday. Later on, when I had a listen to his discography, I quickly realised that I already had some songs by his band in my Spotify library. What a coincidence!
Renny is a singer, songwriter and producer from Essex, UK with 15 years of recording and touring experience in a variety of genres. He is specialised in vocal harmony arrangements and interesting vocal productions. Since 2001, he has been a paid session vocalist for several companies. With his heavy metal band Forever Never that was formed in 2004, he released three albums, two EPs and several singles. Together with John Browne (founder and guitarist of the progressive metal band Monuments), he also worked on a metal project called Flux Conduct. Additionally, there are some solo tracks released under his full name or Renny C.
Because the EP's core production team was quite busy with tracking instruments for the soul/r&b track (track #2) in Germany when we planned to record the clean vocals for "Come Back", Renny did the entire recording on his own, remotely from his home studio in the UK.
The vocals were recorded with a SE Electronics Gemini II tube microphone, plugged into a Universal Audio Apollo Twin audio interface, going straight to Pro Tools. See the equipment list for details and links to the used gear.
|Interface/Preamp||Universal Audio Apollo Twin|
|Microphone||SE Electronics Gemini II|
What Is Next?
After a subtle touches in the vocal editing, we will finish our mixdown, including final steps such as automations (volume, stereo image, effects). If we are all happy with the resulting sound, the first track of the EP project is ready for being mastered. Finally!