Recording a Vocal CD

Recording a Vocal CD

Rosemary Murdy-Haber
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Freedom High School

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Multimedia/Digital Media


High School


Music Theory


Computer Lab, Headphones, Pro Tools LE, Shure SKM27 and Carvin CM90E microphones and stands


80 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

Basic skills in Pro Tools LE and searching the world-wide web.

NAfME Standard of 1994 Addressed:

NAfME Standard of 1994: Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

NAfME 2014: Performing 

NAfME Standard of 1994: Listening to, analyzing and describing music.
NAfME Standard of 1994: Evaluating music and music performances.

NAfME 2014: Responding 

NAfME Standard of 1994: Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.

NAfME 2014: Connections 


Microphone set-ups for vocal recording handout


1. After searching the web for an instrumental midi file, the students will record a vocal CD, using quality recording microphones.


1. Students will search the web for an instrumental midi file and import it into Pro Tools LE.
(Time allotment-10-15 minutes)
2. Students will set up the microphones for vocal recording.
(Time allotment-15 minutes)
3. Students will record themselves singing the melody along with the instrumental accompaniment.
(Time allotment-15 minutes)
4. The students will re-record their performance with a different microphone.
(Time allotment-5 minutes)
5. The students will decide which microphone produces the best sound and re-record the same performance.
(Time allotment-5 minutes)
6. The students will cut, paste, and edit both recordings to create one finished recording.
(Time allotment-30 minutes)
7. Students will burn to CD.


1. Students will perform for the class which proves to be an effective assessment.

Follow Up:

Have students create their own instrumental tracks and then record vocals.

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