I am curious to know what everyone does for vocals. Not so much in terms of audio setup as much as how many people singing, how much they sing, etc.
For example, my philosophy is that each instrument has a role to play. Drums provide rhythmic support, bass provides harmonic foundation, piano and guitar can provide rhythmic and harmonic support as well but can also provide ornamental melodies that complement the main melody, and instruments like sax, violin, etc. are also ornamental type instruments. Not that they aren't any less important, they just serve a different function. I am not sure how to coach vocalists in what their role should be. We have 1 singer at the moment but I may be adding a few more in soon. I don't want them to sing all the time, neither do I want them to feel like I don't want them to sing. The obvious solution is to have them sing away from the mics when they are not providing harmony, but I am curious what everyone else instructs their singers.
Perhaps my degree in music composition is getting in the way and I just need to read that book on micromanaging. Any practical advice is encouraged.