Start to Finish: Jacquire King - Episode 15 - Vocal Tuning

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Now that Jacquire has finalized the vocal comp and is happy with the performance, he passes it off to Kolton Lee for one last cleanup and tuning pass.

See how Kolton Lee:

  • Checks for tuning artifacts
  • Cleans up click bleed from Rich’s headphones
  • Explains his workflow to always keep a path backwards
  • Shares tips and tricks for tuning vocals with Melodyne
  • Gives Jacquire options with Melodyne and Autotune for mixing
  • Experiments with adding vibrato to longer, sustained notes
  • Cleans and tunes the background vocal

Watch Kolton Lee prepare the vocal tracks from “Keep The Light On” by Oak & Ash for mixing. Only on

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  • Celemony Melodyne
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Jacquire King

Award-winning Producer, Engineer, and Mixer, Jacquire King, has worked with some of the world’s most influential artists in every role you can imagine in a recording studio. From being an acclaimed recordist to mixing and producing multi-platinum records (9X in the case of Kings Of Leon) by superstars like Kaleo, Modest Mouse, Kings of Leon, Tom Waits, Norah Jones, Buddy Guy, Cold War Kids, MuteMath, Melissa Etheridge, and James Bay.

To date, Jacquire has received several awards for his meticulous attention to detail and unique approach to creating records that withstand the test of time.

His discography is well-known for the variety of music encompassed from the past 20 years. When you see Jacquire’s tutorials on pureMix, you will have the chance to sit next to a true master at work, who strives to enhance the artist's vision and serve the songs he helps deliver to the masses.


Kings of Leon

Tom Waits

James Bay

Modest Mouse

Buddy Guy

Norah Jones

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2021 Mar 18
If someone is struggling to accept Auto-Tune in 2021, they're going to have a hard time producing or mixing for anyone under forty. Just...heads up to all the folks commenting relentlessly about it throughout this series. Interesting hearing the A to B with Melodyne. I feel like Greg Wells got more natural sounding results finessing the vocal with Auto-Tune in his Start to Finish. Melodyne always been really impressive, though. Great seeing Kolton's process!!!
2021 Feb 18
i understand the aspiration of perfection but with all the correction, auto tune, timing adjustment and comping the song has become more of an artifact than music as I appreciate it. Sad
Denis Boucher
2021 Feb 14
There's an artifact on the LV track at 2:12.
2021 Feb 14
Great video. Some really helpful tips here I hadn't thought of. Thank you very much.
2021 Feb 12
Excellent staff mixer/ engineer (hope I said that right).....Very precise explaination. Great tutorial.