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Vocal Lessons: 2 Singing Songs Better

Learn how to sing—and sing better. Many top performers rely on vocal coaches like Jeannie Deva to help them perfect songs and improve their range and tone. Practice the techniques professional singers use in the comfort of your own home, with this set of breathing, pitch, and phrasing exercises, designed by Jeannie especially for her clients. Learn how to breathe correctly, relax the stomach and diaphragm, and maximize inhalations and exhalations. Find out how to warm up your voice with lip trills and nose buzzes. Discover tricks for improving pitch and increasing vocal resonance and "ease." Finally, Jeannie helps you to improve your delivery of a song with phrasing and dynamics. Each technique is demonstrated on a guest singer, so you can see and hear the corrections in action.

Note: The course is part 2 of the Vocal Lessons with Jeannie Deva series, recorded and produced by ArtistWorks. We are honored to host this training in our library.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Vocal Lessons: 3 Expanding Your Range

Want to learn how to sing more challenging and dynamic songs? When your voice is your instrument, "tuning" it becomes a matter of practice. These singing lessons and vocal exercises from top vocal coach Jeannie Deva will help you expand your range and precision, providing instant and noticeable results. Part 3 of her Vocal Lessons series, this course takes Jeannie's years of experience coaching Grammy-winning singers, Broadway actors, and top recording artists and distills it into comprehensive online lessons. Watch from home, at your own pace, and learn practical techniques to expand your range over multiple octaves. Free your voice from preconceptions and strain, and practice exercises to eliminate register breaks and achieve the range you desire.

Note: Vocal Lessons with Jeannie Deva was recorded and produced by ArtistWorks. We are honored to host this training in our library.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Vocal Lessons: 4 Singing Embellishments

Taking your voice to the next level requires practice—and sometimes a bit of embellishment. Embellishments are extra notes that can enhance the emotion and connection of a song, and are characteristic of many top-10 pop, country, jazz, and R&B tunes. Learn how to sing to stylize your vocal lines to fit your personality and build your confidence as an expressive singer, with these online singing lessons from top vocal coach Jeannie Deva. Part 4 of her comprehensive series introduces popular embellishments for multiple genres. These techniques are the same ones used by Jeannie's clients—Grammy-winning singers, Broadway actors, and top recording artists—and are guaranteed to produce noticeable improvements in your vocal range, tone, and style.

Note: Vocal Lessons with Jeannie Deva was recorded and produced by ArtistWorks. We are honored to host this training in our library.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Vocal Production Techniques

Vocals are arguably the most important part of any great-sounding song. Vocals carry the hook and capture the emotion of listeners. No other instrument has as much power or influence. Vocal Production Techniques guides you through the most important steps in recording vocals, regardless of the software or DAW you use. Audio engineer Scott Hirsch takes us into his own studio to demonstrate the recording techniques the pros use to get crisp, resonant lead and backup vocals for any genre.

First, learn how to get the singer comfortable in the recording studio and select the right microphone and preamp for the session. Scott discusses how to set up a good headphone mix and configure your DAW, and interviews the recording artist featured in the course, Jade Hendrix, about warm-ups and vocal health. Next, Scott moves directly into recording: positioning the mic, setting levels, and using compression. Then he delves into the psychological aspects of vocal production, like coaching the singer and giving feedback over the talkback mic. In the final chapter, Scott demonstrates some creative production techniques, including doubling vocals, stacking multiple vocal tracks, using Auto-Tune while recording, and methods for harmonizing.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Vocal Production Techniques: Editing and Mixing in Logic Pro

Vocals are one of the most critical pieces of any song. No other instrument has as much power or influence. But almost every vocal track can benefit from some post-production. Vocal Production Techniques introduces editing and mixing techniques for the most popular DAWs. This course focuses on Logic Pro.

Audio engineer Scott Hirsch starts with comping the vocals—combining the best performances into one final vocal master take. He explains how to edit out breaths and other noises and fabricate a doubling effect for additional texture and vibe, and then brings in some plugins into the mix—Antares Auto-Tune, Melodyne, and iZotope—to tune vocals and create more interesting soundscapes. In the "Mixing" chapter, Scott enhances the sound of the vocals with EQ, compression, reverb, delay, and automation, adding life and motion to the song. The final track demonstrates everything you can do to maximize the effectiveness of vocals with Logic Pro.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Vocal Production Techniques: Editing and Mixing in Pro Tools

Vocals are one of the most critical pieces of any song. No other instrument has as much power or influence. But almost every vocal track can benefit from some post-production. Vocal Production Techniques introduces editing and mixing techniques for the most popular DAWs. This course focuses on Pro Tools.

Audio engineer Scott Hirsch starts with comping the vocals—combining the best performances into one final vocal master take. He explains how to edit out breaths and other noises and fabricate a doubling effect for additional texture and vibe, and then brings in some plugins into the mix—Antares Auto-Tune, Melodyne, and iZotope—to tune vocals and create more interesting soundscapes. In the "Mixing" chapter, Scott enhances the sound of the vocals with EQ, compression, reverb, delay, and automation, adding life and motion to the song. The final track demonstrates everything you can do to maximize the effectiveness of vocals with Pro Tools.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Vocal Production Techniques: Editing and Mixing in Studio One

Vocals are one of the most critical pieces of any song. No other instrument has as much power or influence. But almost every vocal track can benefit from some post-production. Vocal Production Techniques introduces editing and mixing techniques for the most popular DAWs—such as Studio One, the focus of this course.

Audio engineer Scott Hirsch starts with comping the vocals—combining the best performances into one final vocal master take. He explains how to edit out breaths and other noises and fabricate a doubling effect for additional texture and vibe, and then brings in some plugins into the mix—Antares Auto-Tune, Melodyne, and iZotope—to tune vocals and create more interesting soundscapes. In the "Mixing" chapter, Scott enhances the sound of the vocals with EQ, compression, reverb, delay, and automation, adding life and motion to the song. The final track demonstrates everything you can do to maximize the effectiveness of vocals with Studio One.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Voice-Over for Video and Animation

Voice acting (voice-over) is more than just funny voices. This course prepares voice actors and directors for what is expected in a recording session and provides tips to improve anyone's voiceover skills. Director and storyboard artist Mark Simon reveals the industry standards for producing better voice sessions, as well as techniques to improve line readings and create a winning demo reel. He also covers the nuts and bolts of recording, delivering, and backing up audio files, and achieving that professional sound for personal projects at a home studio or office.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

V-Ray 2.0 for 3ds Max Essential Training

This course introduces the features of the V-Ray 2.0 rendering engine and demonstrates how to extend the range of 3ds Max with its state-of-the-art tools, such as irradiance mapping, fur and hair textures and shaders, and stereoscopic 3D rendering. The course covers critical concepts such as creating basic materials, image sampling, color mapping, subdivs, and lighting, as well as the Render Elements, RT, and physical rendering workflows in V-Ray. Exercise files are included with the course.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

V-Ray 2.0 for Maya Essential Training

This course introduces the features of the V-Ray 2.0 rendering engine and demonstrates how to extend the range of Maya with its state-of-the-art tools, such as irradiance mapping, fur and hair textures and shaders, and stereoscopic 3D rendering. The course covers critical concepts such as creating basic materials, image sampling, color mapping, subdivs, and lighting, as well as the Render Elements, RT, and physical rendering workflows in V-Ray. Exercise files are included with the course.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

V-Ray 3.0 for 3ds Max Essential Training

Master features of the V-Ray 3.0 rendering engine and learn how to extend the range of 3ds Max with state-of-the-art V-Ray tools, such as progressive sampling, skin and hair shaders, and stereoscopic 3D rendering. This course covers critical V-Ray concepts such as basic material creation, image sampling, color mapping, subdivs, and lighting, as well as creating in-camera effects such as depth of field, motion blur, and caustics. Author and 3D expert Brian Bradley will help you add amazing and lifelike materials and effects to your 3D models with this powerful plugin.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

V-Ray: Control Color Bleed in 3ds Max

Color bleed is a common problem in global illumination (GI) renders, as colors are transferred by means of indirect light reflection. By understanding how light works in the real world, and using 3ds Max and V-Ray to mimic that behavior virtually, you can prevent most color bleed problems. Join Brian Bradley as he demonstrates the causes of—and solutions for—the color bleed that occurs in V-Ray GI renders. Learn how to control color bleed in a physically accurate manner (as you could on a real-world set), and by using GI-specific tools along with other nonphysical controls such as Materials Overrides and the V-Ray Object Properties dialog.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

V-Ray: Control Color Bleed in Blender

Overcome the color bleed phenomenon that can occur in global illumination renders. Brian Bradley shows you how in this course. First, Brian discusses what color bleed is and why it occurs. Then, he dives into measures you can take to control color bleed and produce physically accurate color. He explains how white balance, saturation, light, and geometry impact color bleed. He also demonstrates how you can work with object properties, channels, and other tools to prevent, contain, or limit color bleed.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

V-Ray: Control Color Bleed in SketchUp

What are the causes of color bleed and how can it be prevented, minimized, or controlled in SketchUp? Brian Bradley shows you how in this course. First, Brian discusses what color bleed is and why it occurs. Then, he dives into measures you can take to control color bleed and produce physically accurate color. He explains how white balance, saturation, light, and geometry impact color bleed. He also demonstrates how you can work tools to contain or limit color bleed.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

V-Ray RT: Production Rendering

Find out how to use V-Ray RT as a bona fide production renderer in 3ds Max, even in a compositing-based pipeline. V-Ray RT has caught up to the standard production renderer in Max, with an engine that can take advantage of CPU and GPU processing; it's no longer just a tool for quick preview renders. This course shows how to set up V-Ray RT as an ActiveShade renderer and start adding geometry and cameras, creating animations, applying materials and lighting, and adjusting render settings for a professional-looking, efficient render in 3ds Max. Brian Bradley teaches all these techniques as he progresses through a mini-project, concluding with a brief chapter on compositing your final render in After Effects. The examples help show how V-Ray RT can be put to use in a simplified real-world production scenario, where speed and flexibility are equally important.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

VR Motion Graphics with Unreal Engine

Discover how to leverage Unreal Engine to create immersive virtual reality experiences. In this course, learn how to build a real-time motion graphics-style scene in Unreal Engine for deployment on VR headsets. To begin, Scott Pagano covers the proper exporting process out of Maya and importing process into Unreal. Then he moves on to the nuts and bolts of the course—constructing a series of blueprints that provide all the interactivity and logic needed to make your scene work in VR. Scott covers scene building for HTC VIVE and Samsung Gear VR, as well as VR deployment on Android phones. You'll leave this course with valuable skills that can help you dive into building content for the immersive future.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

VR Video and Photography: Storytelling

In this course, learn how to leverage one of the most cutting-edge technologies out there, virtual reality (VR), to practice one of the oldest art forms, storytelling. With the snowy plains of Alaska as a backdrop, learn about the production and creative considerations behind shooting immersive photos and video for VR platforms such as Google Cardboard. Using both a multicamera unit with six GoPros attached to it and a Theta, photojournalist Paul Taggart shows you how to scout, shoot, and finish a photo and video story, telling the tale of a dogsled championship.

You can watch the 360-degree VR movie that Paul created for this course on YouTube.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Vue.js: Building an Interface

The perfect way to learn Vue.js is to use Vue.js. It's an incremental library that can scale to fit almost any developer's needs. Once you build an application interface and see its strengths and flexibility in action, you can decide how much of Vue.js you want to use in your own projects. This hands-on course teaches you how to build a simple component-based app: a rating system with features like search and sorting. Along the way, Ray Villalobos shows how to use Vue.js lifecycle methods to load data from files or an API; leverage HTML templates; work with nested subcomponents; add, edit, and delete records throughout the interface; and build layouts to search records and sort the displayed results. By the end of the course, you'll have a functional app prototype and more skills with this flexible framework.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Wacom Essential Training

Wacom tablets are a popular alternative to the mouse for expressive painting, drawing, and navigating your computer with a pressure-sensitive pen. In this course, artist and teacher John Derry shows how to get you up and running with a Wacom tablet, from setting it up and getting accustomed to using the pen, to using the tablet with popular creativity and productivity applications. He also helps to familiarize you with the changes to the Wacom tablet over the past few years, including touch capability, and reviews the MobileStudio Pro pen computer, which offers a high-performance platform in a small package. Plus, learn about tablet ergonomics—which makes your Wacom even more compatible with your working conditions—and follow a few exercises to warm up your drawing arm.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Wacom Essential Training (2013)

Wacom tablets are a popular alternative to the mouse for painting, drawing, and navigating your computer in a more natural position. In this course, artist and teacher John Derry shows how to get up and running with a variety of Wacom tablets (Intuos, Cintiq, and more), covering everything from setup to stylus selection. He then shows how to speed up your workflow and enhance your command of the drawing surface with ExpressKeys, the Touch Ring, and other controls. Plus, learn about tablet ergonomics—which makes your Wacom even more compatible with your working conditions—and follow a few exercises to warm up your drawing arm.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Walkup Computing

Students, faculty and staff can use their Illinois credentials to get wired access to the campus network from enabled Ethernet jacks.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Technology Services
Type: Networking And Security

watchOS App Development: Notifications

One of the main advantages of the Apple Watch is that it saves you from having to pick up your iPhone whenever you receive a notification. If your phone is locked or asleep, notifications show up on your watch first. As a result, if you're developing an app that shows notifications on a phone, it's essential that you have a watch notification ready as well. In this course, explore how the iPhone and the Apple Watch interact for notifications. Learn how to make eye-catching notifications, how to make notifications exclusively for the Apple Watch, and how to create actions for your notifications.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Water Well Database

Another primary data source that is often abundant in McHenry County is the historical water well record dataset. The quality of water well records is a common concern when using these data for geologic interpretation, and various approaches are used by geologists to assess the value of those records.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS)
Type: Data

Waves Plug-ins: Mixing Techniques

Learn how Dave Darlington achieves his Grammy-winning sound with Waves plugins. First, Dave covers EQ techniques, from boosting to cutting, notch filtering, tone sculpting, and hardware emulation. Next, he discusses compression, including automatic levelers, multiband compression, side chaining, and hardware emulation. He moves into reverb, showing how to utilize the basic algorithms and parameters of different types of reverbs to create sonic ambience and a sense of space. Then, Dave covers delay and modulation effects, including multitap delays, flangers, and some tricks for adding bottom end, width, and crunch to the mix. Finally, he'll cover some the basics of mastering, including master buss compression, EQing the master buss, and maximizing the output level.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Wayne Winston on Analytics

Data—whether it's sales, stock prices, or test scores—helps organizations measure their performance, but it's analytics that helps them identify patterns and make better, more comprehensive decisions. In this interview, awarding-winning mathematics professor Wayne Winston sits down with us to explain why analytics are important, and offer guidance for those trying to break into the field as an analytics professional. He also explains how analytics can provide insights into supply chains, marketing, and financial data, and help cities, school systems, and hospitals better meet the needs of the public.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource



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