The vocal track is one of the most fundamental parts of a song but it can be the most challenging to capture, both technically and to get the emotional quality of the music. This explores the art and science of recording the human voice.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dermot Mulroney ... Narrator (voice)
Don Was ... Himself
Robin Gibb ... Himself
Oliver Wang Oliver Wang ... Himself
Paul Epworth ... Himself
Bonnie Raitt ... Herself
Roger Waters ... Himself
Eric Clapton ... Himself
Gary Giddins Gary Giddins ... Himself
Clive Davis ... Himself
Chris Albertson Chris Albertson ... Himself
Oliver Berliner Oliver Berliner ... Himself
Albin Zak Albin Zak ... Himself
George Martin ... Himself
Warren Zanes Warren Zanes ... Himself


Celebrating the most powerful of all instruments--the human voice--the third episode of Soundbreaking surveys the range of ingredients that go into a perfect vocal track. At once the most fundamental component of a song and the most challenging to capture, the vocal track is the product of a complex collaboration between performer, producer, and sound engineer--a titrate of artistic commitment, compelling concept, and technical wizardry that, at its best, turns a lyric into the soul of the song. Featuring rare studio footage of some the world's most renowned vocalists--from blues divas to suave crooners to rock star screamers--the show considers the gamut of tricks and techniques that can both enhance and alter the human voice, and explores the ineffable emotional quality that makes a vocal track truly great.

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16 November 2016 (USA) See more »

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Where Was Elvis
24 November 2018 | by davidgibbs-20768See all my reviews

I have given this one star not for what was in in it but for what was not.There was not one mention of the greatest human instrument ever know ie Elvis Presley.Not even a photo of him.How can a producer allow this of the biggest selling recording star in history.A disgrace.

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