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Recording Acappella: Inspiring interviews with the world's most incredible acappella producers, arrangers, engineers, and luminaries! Our guests share how they started in acappella, how they've grown and evolved, lessons they've learned, failures and successes they've had, recording practices they implement, how they stay motivated and ultimately what makes that fire inside of them burn!

Recording A Cappella with Danny Ozment Danny Ozment

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    • 5.0 • 9 Ratings

Recording Acappella: Inspiring interviews with the world's most incredible acappella producers, arrangers, engineers, and luminaries! Our guests share how they started in acappella, how they've grown and evolved, lessons they've learned, failures and successes they've had, recording practices they implement, how they stay motivated and ultimately what makes that fire inside of them burn!

    So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, good night!

    So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, good night!

    This is the last episode of Season 1 of the Recording A Cappella Podcast. Thanks for all of your support!
    Please continue to check out our resources at
    https://recordingacappella.com

    • 7 min
    Episode 49: Your computer

    Episode 49: Your computer

    How have I gotten this far and not really talked in detail about the most important piece of gear these days???
    Today we talk about your computer and what you will need.
     
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    Interested in a coaching session? -  https://recordingacappella.com/coaching

    • 9 min
    How to Learn Gear, Software, and Plug-ins

    How to Learn Gear, Software, and Plug-ins

    Everyone loves buying gear… 
    Really though, the gear and room are only as good as you. We’ve talked about room in the past so lets talk about how to get the most out of your gear, software, and plug-ins.
    Learn one piece of gear at a time Read the manual  Use presets and create templates Experiment Practice even when you think you know everything  Links:
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    Video Courses -  https://recordingacappella.com/shop
    Recording A Cappella Mastermind - https://recordingacappella.com/mm
    Ultimate Pre-Production Checklist - https://recordingacappella.com/checklist
    Interested in a coaching session? -  https://recordingacappella.com/coaching
     

    • 13 min
    Listener Emails and Season 1 Ending

    Listener Emails and Season 1 Ending

    Today I'm going to answer some questions from listeners and let you know about the future of the podcast.

    • 13 min
    The Importance of Individual Practice

    The Importance of Individual Practice

    It occurred to me just recently that we often talk about how to improve our rehearsals as a cappella groups yet when it comes to recording, we most often call on singers to record individually.
     
    And without fail, we always discover during the recording process that a few of our fellow singers have been relying heavily on their fellow section members to be able to perform their parts.
     
    Singers in general do not develop individual practice habits at an early age. I'm thankful that a good number of high school choir directors are changing this by teaching theory, sight singing, and giving voice lessons to their students. For the amateur singer joining an a cappella group in college or as an adult, they are flying blind when it comes to individual practice.
     
    Here are some suggestions for improving your individual practice habits especially if you are the casual amateur singer singing in a group for fun.
     
    Rhythm and Time Singers struggle with rhythm. Rhythm and time are crucial for being a great musician. Download a good metronome app to your phone immediately and start practicing your music with an appropriate subdivision playing. 8ths, 16ths, etc so you can feel where your notes occur. Before you even start to learn your notes, start by speaking your parts so that you get the rhythms internalized.
     
    Basic technique If you can't afford voice lessons, invest in a basic vocal pedagogy book. Learn about your anatomy and physiology. Start working on basic exercises and use them at the beginning of each practice session. Start to build your instrument before you try to throw difficult parts at it.
     
    Part tracks If you can't play piano, get part tracks for the songs or get music notation software that can play the parts back for you.
     
    Make a plan Pick 30 minutes at least twice a week that you can practice. Then plan that session. 5 minutes for warm up. 10 minutes to learn rhythms. 15 minutes to learn notes. Etc…
     
    Get an accountability buddy Find someone else in your section who you can meet up with every few weeks to rehearse together outside the group rehearsal.
     
    Your individual voice is important to the makeup of the group. If you are just coasting along relying on others to get your part right, you are not adding anything to your group. You're just noise. Own your ability and improve your instrument. Be a leader.
     
    So thanks for joining me today. If you liked what you heard today, please drop by iTunes and subscribe and while you’re there, leave me a review. And please if you like the show, please share an episode with your friends and other a cappella fans. I really appreciate you taking time out of your busy week to listen to me talk about recording a cappella and I hope that I’m helping you on your journey.



    Recording A Cappella Mastermind - https://recordingacappella.com/mm
     
    Ultimate Pre-Production Checklist - https://recordingacappella.com/checklist
     
    Interested in a coaching session? -  https://recordingacappella.com/coaching

    Video Courses -  https://recordingacappella.com/shop

    • 5 min
    The One Thing You Can Do Immediately to Improve Your Mixes

    The One Thing You Can Do Immediately to Improve Your Mixes

    My number one recommendation isn’t going to have anything to do with plug-ins or software. No techniques, not tricks… There’s no secret sauce in this podcast.
     
    The best thing you can do right now to improve your mixes is to fix your monitoring. You have to be able to hear your mix as it actually exists in order to mix well.
     
    So what can you do to make sure that you are monitoring correctly?
     
    Take your room out of the equation. If that means treating your room with acoustic panels, bass traps, diffusers, etc, then go do it. I recommend GIK acoustics for packages that are designed for your room. If you can’t afford to do that, get a reasonably decent pair of headphones or earbuds.  
    Learn how your chosen monitors or headphones or earbuds sound. Spend a lot of time listening to a lot of different music of different styles on them and learn what frequencies get boosted or lowered by them. Compare the same music on another set of headphones.  
    Always listen at the same low volume level when you mix. When I first met James Gammon way back in 2008, he recommended that I pick up an SPL meter to make sure I wasn’t listening to my mixes too loud. You need to find a level you can listen at for long periods of time. You can find apps that will do this.  
    Pick a handful of songs that you think sound great or grab a song that is similar to what you are mixing. Drop that song into your mix session and regularly switch back and forth as you try to make you mix sound similar to that song. Do your drums hit as hard? Does your lead vocal sit on top of everything else. Do you have holes in your mix?  
    Take your mix and listen to it in the car or on some standard ear buds to hear if your mix works on different speakers.  
    So thanks for joining me today. If you liked what you heard today, please drop by iTunes and subscribe and while you’re there, leave me a review. And please if you like the show, please share an episode with your friends and other a cappella fans. I really appreciate you taking time out of your busy week to listen to me talk about recording a cappella and I hope that I’m helping you on your journey.



    Recording A Cappella Mastermind - https://recordingacappella.com/mm
     
    Ultimate Pre-Production Checklist - https://recordingacappella.com/checklist
     
    Interested in a coaching session? -  https://recordingacappella.com/coaching

    Video Courses -  https://recordingacappella.com/shop

    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

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9 Ratings

9 Ratings

GregGardner6 ,

Awesome Podcast!

I look forward to listening to this show each week. The guests that come on have great stories, and are really open about their experiences in the a cappella world. It's particularly fun to follow up on their work after the show or listen to their insanely talented groups perform - pretty inspiring to hear about the different events and people working in a cappella right now.

If you are interested in a cappella, recording, and where to find great music, this is a great place to listen!

DavidFowlerMusic ,

Here's to many more episodes!

Absolutely loving this show. As a new engineer trying to get into A Cappella recording work, I'm used to hearing all of these names like "Deke Sharon" and "Bill Hare" and feeling like they are these unapproachable gurus of the art form and not knowing how one could possibly relate to or talk to them. This show not only disseminates knowledge freely and efficiently, it also provides an excellent channel by which to feel more acquainted with the A Cappella community and it's various constituents via interviewing the incredible individuals that have been movers and shakers in it for so long - some from even before I was born!

Fantastic show with fantastic host - just don't get why the intro track/theme song isn't an A Cappella track ;)

MookieD ,

Great podcast!

Thanks so much for making this. Great job, Danny!