James Arter
James Arter is a song-writer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. He holds a First Class BA (hons) degree in Music Technology, at the London College of Music, and produces his own music as well as others. He fronts a band called DiceJar and is also part of the music production duo, Happy Bunny // Poison Peanut.
Tutorials
  • Music & Audio
    Tighter Vocals (Backing or Doubling) Using the Flex ToolVocalprocessing
    The vocals are always the most important part of a mix. They sit right up front and are the main thing that the listener will latch on to. If they sound too lazy and loose, it can throw the whole track out and give an overall messy feel. Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Recording and Mixing Stereo Backing Vocals - Part Two: Adding EffectsVocalprocessing
    It takes a lot more than good pre-production to make vocals sound professional in a track (although it certainly helps), and there are many ways to improve your mix. In Part One of this tutorial we had a look at the pre-production as well as how to mix lead and backing vocals together effectively with the use of EQ, compression and panning. This time take it one step further and add the sheen to the sound. Just a bit reverb and it's done? Not quite. Read on… I chose to record an acoustic version of Liberian Girl by Michael Jackson. Listen to the whole thing, here: [audio: http://cdn.tutsplus.com/audio/uploads/legacy/336_bvox2/sbvsmix.mp3]Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    How to Record and Mix Stereo Backing Vocals - Part 1Vocalprocessing
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    Recording backing vocals in stereo has been a tried and tested technique for years. Some of the greatest singers have done it – Michael Jackson, Marti Pellow (Wet Wet Wet), Mick Hucknell (Simply Red), Seal, Madonna, Christina Aguilera – and they've done it well. But how do you get that layered, wall-of-sound backing vocals without clouding the lead? How do you choose how many and which ones to do? Read on… I chose to record an acoustic version of Liberian Girl by Michael Jackson. Listen to the whole thing, here: [audio: http://cdn.tutsplus.com/audio/uploads/legacy/276_bvs/sbvsmix.mp3]Read More…