Natural Vocal Production


Learn how to produce vocals like a pro, from a pro.

In this class, Grammy-nominated Billboard #1 mixer, producer, engineer, Dana Nielsen takes you into his studio and teaches you his complete vocal editing and post-production process — the same process he's used with chart-topping artists such as Adele, Justin Timberlake, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and countless others. Follow along as he shows how to comp, tune, mix, and master a full-length song featuring vocals and acoustic guitar from start to finish, right in front of you, explaining everything he's doing along the way.

Learn all of Dana Nielsen's vocal production secrets

Watch Dana’s entire vocal production process as he combs through raw takes performed and recorded by Nasheville-based singer-songwriter, Josh Dell.  Follow along in real-time as Dana comps, tunes, mixes, and masters a full-length song.

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What you'll learn:

How to mine raw performance "takes" for gold and assemble a comp with confidence
How to contend with tempo fluctuations and bleed when comping between takes recorded without a click track​
Dana's complete Melodyne process for "natural sounding" tuning - so you can't tell it's been tuned
Creative editing techniques for masking vocal bleed in instrument tracks - especially once the vocal has been tuned
Dana's entire mixing process, philosophy, and go-to plugins for in-the-box mixing​
All Dana's favorite Pro Tools shortcuts, plus tons of workflows, signal routing, and session organization tips​
Mastering, file management, and final delivery​
Hacks for keeping your ears fresh and your perspective clear​

Who's this course for?

Course Overview

Dana Nielsen is a Grammy nominated mixer, engineer and producer. He’s worked with SZA, Rihanna, Post Malone, Neil Young, The Avett Brothers, Kanye West, Bob Dylan, and many more. He’s comped and tuned vocals using the exact process he shares in this course for artists such as Adele, Anderson .Paak, H.E.R., Black Sabbath, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Linkin Park, Sheryl Crow, Miley Cyrus, The Smashing Pumpkins, Weezer, Slayer, Justin Timberlake, and others.

In this class, Dana brings you into his home studio and teaches you his start-to-finish production process for comping, natural sounding tuning, and mixing a song written and performed by Nashville-based singer-songwriter, Josh Del. You’ll see Dana’s entire process from how he organizes raw vocal takes in his DAW all the way to his finished, mastered mix.  Throughout the course, Dana explains everything that he’s doing. Every idea, decision, tool, and technique is out in the open, on display for you to use in your own productions. He’ll show you how he edits to mask vocal bleed and how he comps between takes that weren’t recorded to a click. You’ll hear his thought process along the way as he decides which takes to use, and you’ll see how he tunes vocals so you can’t tell they’ve been tuned.

This course is mostly about listening and learning how to listen, whether you’re listening to individual takes in order to assemble a comp or – as Dana teaches in this course – listening from a new position in your room in order to broaden your perspective and focus on the bigger picture.

If you’re a recording artist, engineer, or producer who struggles with decision fatigue, this course can be transformative in helping you to make creative decisions with confidence. You’ll see Dana working in Pro Tools; however, the techniques taught in this course can be easily adapted to any DAW and any style of music.

In the final lesson, Dana shows you how he mixes and masters an acoustic singer-songwriter track and exports it for final delivery. By the end of the class, you’ll know everything you need to comp, tune, and mix vocal performances like a pro.


Follow Dana's proven process, step by step

In the class, Dana Nielsen breaks down his vocal comping, tuning, mixing, and mastering process into clear, actionable steps. Follow along with Dana’s process step by step and produce your own natural-sounding vocal-based song. You can also watch Dana’s process in full first and then bring the ideas, tools, and techniques into your own projects.

By following Dana’s proven process, you’ll learn everything you need to comp, tune, mix, and master vocal performances from a wide variety of genres and artists like these:

About Instructor

Dana Nielsen

Dana Nielsen is a Grammy-nominated mixer, engineer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist known for his work with SZA, Rihanna, Adele, Post Malone, The Smashing Pumpkins, Neil Young, Justin Timberlake, Weezer, The Avett Brothers, Bob Dylan, and Kanye West.  A frequent collaborator with legendary producer, Rick Rubin, Nielsen has amassed credits that run the stylistic gamut from Neil Diamond to Slayer and just about everything in between.

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Course Includes

  • 13 Lessons