Step 7: Lead Vocal Tracking
A very grueling day for the lead vocalist(s), this is a dedicated session for lead vocals only. Although it is possible to track all lead vocals in one day, we try to keep these sessions shorter than the others, usually no longer than four hours. Generally we plan on spending two four hour days for lead vocal tracking.
Step 8: Vocal Arrangement
Once the lead vocal tracks are captured, the backup vocal parts are generally written or arranged during this time, to fit around the lead vocals, and to compliment the music. This may require several days for the producer or songwriter, and instigates some time off from the studio for everyone.
Step 9: Backup Vocals
This is yet another very grueling session, and unless the songwriter has already written the parts and has been working with specific vocalists, we recommend our studio vocalists for this task. Backup vocal singing often calls for unnatural inflections and many find the work difficult to perform. These sessions usually require at least two full days for a complete album.