The Human Instrument

Series 1 - Episode 3 The Human Instrument



It’s a tingle moment: Adele’s producer sits at a mixing desk playing us Rolling In The Deep. Various contributors have already described the way some singers can reach out and connect, make our hair stand on end. Then he drops out the instrumental track and we hear Adele’s vocal on its own for a verse and it is both technically perfect and emotionally raw – the holy grail of pop vocals.

One great moment of several in this week’s lovingly assembled and layered look at music recording. There are also insights on Motown’s tiny studio, Sinatra’s technique, Amy Winehouse unplugged and a hilarious clip from South Park about auto-tune.


A look at what goes into recording the perfect vocal track, which is the product of a complex collaboration between performer, producer and sound engineer.
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