Modern Pop Vocal Production

Learn how to produce vocals at home that sound modern, polished, and professional.

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It takes a meticulous level of detail and skill to be competitive as a modern artist. You're often expected to wear the hat of the engineer, producer, arranger, topliner, and mixer all at the same time, especially when you're working on your own.

In this six-week course, you'll work on everything that goes into producing pro-sounding vocals. From arranging background vocals to advanced editing techniques, tuning, mixing, and more, you'll get the hands-on practice and expert feedback you need to achieve the exact sound you're after.

Sırma Munyar

Sırma is a singer, songwriter, producer, and topliner who has recorded with the likes of Akon, Illenium, and Keri Hilson. She has recorded and produced vocals for jingles, for major ads, and written and produced original tracks that hit the top of the Spotify charts in her native Turkey. She studied Contemporary Writing & Production at Berklee College of Music, where she learned to become a self-sufficient, multi-faceted musician. She also studied production and mixing at London School of Sound, and has worked at various studios specializing in production and sound engineering.

One of Sırma's early musical experiences involved placing third at a professional jazz singing contest at 18. After this event, she was invited to represent Turkey in the World Choir for the 2010 World Cup song "Oh Africa." For the recording session and the music video shoot, Sırma had to interrupt her first semester at Berklee for a week and fly to LA to work with Akon and Keri Hilson. Fresh out of high school and now faced with a packed schedule, she started to understand the true meaning of being a professional musician: always be prepared to seize every opportunity.

Sırma loves working with students at the intersection of songwriting and production, helping them figure out how to produce the sounds they hear in their heads using the software at their fingertips. In particular, she specializes in vocal production.

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Our goal in this course is to help you fully produce professional-sounding vocals for your pop songs, including leads, backing vocals, and much more. 

Check out the trailer to learn more. 

Produce modern-sounding vocals with confidence and speed

From start to finish, learn the recording essentials, editing skills, tuning tips, effect concepts, and mixing basics required to craft the polished pop sound you're after.

Learn Recording Techniques

Understand how to set up your rig to capture high-quality vocal takes.

Edit Like a Champ

Learn pro strategies for editing leads and background vocals to comp faster, eliminate breaths, finesse timing, and more.

Write Background Parts

Learn skills and strategies for creating better background vocal parts that enhance and support your lead vocal.

Understand Effects

Get hands-on practice creating your own vocal chains with lessons on EQ, compression, reverb, delay, and more.


Add a custom mentorship session on top of your course subscription to work through the material one-on-one with an expert mentor. Get a more personalized experience featuring weekly calls, feedback, additional resources, and more. Tell us about your goals below to learn more.

Sırma Munyar

Producer, Songwriter, Mentor
  • Artist with over a million listens on Spotify
  • Recorded with Illenium, Keri Hilson, Akon, etc.
  • Singer for major TV ads

Sulene van der Walt

Producer, Songwriter, Mentor
  • Self-producing artist & songwriter
  • Agency-repped ad & film composer who’s worked with Verizon, Microsoft, MTV, Nike, REI, and more.
  • Professional touring multi-instrumentalist

Andrea De Carlo

Producer, Engineer, Keyboardist
  • Award-winning producer and engineer
  • Worked at some of the best studios in Italy and the USA
  • Master's Degree in Audio Production from the SAE Institute in Milan


Course Outline

  1. Preview
    Section 1


  2. Section 2

    Getting Started

  3. Section 3

    The Lead Vocal

  4. Section 4

    The Editing Stage: Part 1

  5. Section 5

    Writing Background Vocals

  6. Section 6

    Layering Background Vocals

  7. Section 7

    The Editing Stage: Part 2

  8. Section 8

    Getting Used to How Things Sound

  9. Section 9

    The Mixing Stage: Part 1

  10. Section 10

    The Mixing Stage: Part 2


Who is this course for?

This course is primarily for DIY artists interested in getting that Top-40 sound, but the skills learned within are essential for any vocalist or aspiring producer looking to gain a better understanding of how to produce pro-quality vocals at home, or anywhere.

What will I learn?

You'll learn everything you need to know about producing modern, professional-sounding vocals. Lesson topics include recording, comping, editing, tuning, crafting supportive background vocal parts, and effects.

Are there any pre-reqs?

We recommend getting familiar with the basics of a DAW like Logic Pro or Ableton Live before starting this course. We also recommend basic additional equipment such as an interface, microphone, pop filter, and headphones to get the most out of this course.

How long does this course take?

This course was designed to be completed in roughly six weeks, assuming students would have a few hours a week to spend on it. Each "week" includes a certain section and challenge activity for you to take on. That said, that timeline is just a casual recommendation — you can choose to blow through it all in one sitting or take a year with it, if you'd like.

Is there a specific start date?

You can start the course anytime. If you'd like more accountability and guided feedback from a professional, you can request to work through the course and your own goals with a Soundfly Mentor for four or six weeks, and get a more personalized experience for a specific period of time.  

Learn more about custom mentorship here.

How many lessons are there?

This course includes 92 lessons, including videos, graphics, text, activities, demos, interviews with outside experts, and much more. 

What do I get if I enroll as a subscriber?

As a subscriber, you'll get unlimited access to all courses on, including this and all our other premium courses, to go through at your own pace. This includes all the videos, tutorials, demos, quizzes, activities, downloads, and other materials within our full suite of courses.

You're also entitled to a 25% discount on our custom mentorship program, you will be invited to join our exclusive community Discord group, you'll be able join subscriber-only Study Groups, artist Q&As and workshops, annual contests and giveaways, and you'll have access to a growing list of exclusive discount perks courtesy of our partner brands. Cancel anytime.

You can find out more about subscribing here.

Can I take this course with a mentor?

Yes, absolutely. If you would like to go through the course with support, accountability, feedback, and guidance from an expert, you can request a mentor by filling out this form. A Soundfly staffperson will reach out within 48 hours to learn more about your goals, your music, and your skills level, and pair you with a mentor who can help you achieve your next musical milestone. Our mentorship program is our science-backed learning model designed to help you learn more efficiently and effectively. Your mentor will tailor the course to your experience and interests, offer detailed weekly feedback on your work, answer any questions you have, help you blow past obstacles, and keep you on track to accomplish your goals.

You can find out more about mentorship and our expert mentors here.