Vocal Recording Tips
Vocal Recording Tips
Haven’t you ever heard of the old saying you only get out of it what you put into it? Of course you have and that’s why you are only to get a great recording if it was recorded properly. Here I will give you a few tips to help give you the best quality recording with what you have.
We as engineers spend an insurmountable amount of time Eq’ing, compressing and sweetening artist’s vocal tracks to get the best attainable sound. So before the studio engineer does his magic here are just a few ways to get the best possible vocal recording where as the engineer wouldn’t have to do much magic at all. So don’t look for engineers to fix your music, have an engineer mix your music.
- First you must start with a decent vocal recording mic. I have seen this too many times but if you are on a budget then hey, what can you do (you’re on a budget). Mic selection is extremely important. Your vocal tracks in your song are like the ink in a textbook. If your budget only permits a dynamic mic then you can’t lose with a Shure SM57 and SM58. But of course for better recordings, shoot for a decent condenser microphone. Do your homework. Before buying the microphone test it out and check and see how it sounds before you leave the store.
- Especially for Hip-Hop and R&B songs you most definitely need to invest in a pop filter. It’s an absolute must in your recording setup. A pop filter will prevent the “P” sounds or popping of strong consonants that will prevent any potential issues. For roughly a $20 investment, you can’t lose.
- Invest in a good external tube preamp to further improve your vocal recording quality.
- Record in the best recording environment as possible. If you are operating out of your home and don’t have a sound booth then experiment with placing the mic in various locations in your home that will produce the best sound with limited room ambiance. When recording make sure there are no furnaces or washing machines going at the time because it will come out in the recording.
- And best of all, make multiple recordings of your tracks and when mixing the engineer or self-will use the best sounding recording.
So this is just a few small things to do to improve your vocal recordings. It is a lot of experimentation but soon enough you will get it down to a science. I know some guys that use the same equipment I use mic and all and for some reason my recordings sounds so much better. That’s because I start with a good recording, what you put in you will get OUT. Practice makes perfect. It isn’t the equipment you are using. It’s what you are doing with it. Now let’s go record that banger.
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