50 thoughts on “Audio Recording Techniques : Tips on Vocal Recording

  1. Not the BEST tips I ever heard. Actually I see this mic angle and windscreen almost always, but it is not the purest solution. The old school way (like how they recorded Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole would be to raise that mic about 10 cm then angle it down pointing directly at the mouth. Dont aim up toward the mic as you sing, but sing straight forward. You avoid the plosives without the presence dampening windscreen.

  2. Furthermore, you dont move back or close to the mic to control your level. There is a knob on the preamp for that. You move near or further from the mic to increase or decrease the bass response of the mic. This is known as “proximity affect… effect?” The proximity affects the bass effect:) not sure which, but its true either way. If the sound is too bassy, move back a bit. If its too thin, move closer. Try this before any eq.

  3. I understand where your coming from, but there isn’t really a ‘Wrong’ or ‘Right way, its what ever way sounds the best in respect to the type of song. As for the singer moving closer or further away to control levels is true, many songs (if not all) contain varying degrees of dynamics. E.g the vocalist may sing quiter in the verse than in the chorus, the engineer will set a strong level for the verse but the moment the singer sings for the chorus those levels clip.

  4. Furthmore, a good singer knows this and should pull back slightly from the microphone to keep the consistenty in the levels. if not the engineer will have to know the song and know when the vocalist is going to sding louder or quiter so he/she can adjust the levels, Which isnt always the easiest task to get right 🙂

  5. Yeah, You gotta work the distance a bit and each mic will have its own feel. The problem is, that when you pull back and sing louder, you start to hear the room, and the bass proximity thins out. Sometimes thats good, sometimes not:( Good acoustics are paramount. An engineer can ride the fader a bit while watching a scratch take as the waveform scrolls by. Deffinately takes some practice, but it keeps things consistant in a way you cant get otherwise. Proceed With Caution:)

  6. Your word “slightly” pull back is deffinately fair enough. My problem is that my singing has way too much dynamic range for a single fixed input setting to remain optimal. I gotta at least go between a high and low level input level, sometimes somewhere between. Moving back 100 cm doesnt even do it and that is an extreme difference in proximity. So, I have my preamp at arms length and push or pull the level as I need. Deffinately easier to anticipate my singing than another’s.

  7. I have a microphone that I want to use to record a conference table conversation with a couple other people. Now when I try to direct record into my PC laptop, it comes out way to low in volume. Will this boost the signal to a much higher level? Is this the same as what phantom power does? I’m recording interviews where I just want to set a condenser mike down on the table about 4feet away, not hold it close to my mouth. Thank you.

  8. I’m not sure how they record vocals in studios, but when I do it I just record verses first and then the chorus on a seperate track. Problem solved. No need to move around and you can mix the two so they’re equal later. Just an idea for those struggling. Peace.

  9. hey somebody who rly knows about these things, first of all where could i get that kind of microphone, and second of all how does the recording actually happen? I’m not a computer geek for sure XD but i’d just like to get some kind of software where i could put a mp3 file on the background and then sing to it, i tried audacity and it was terrible :::( so what’s the best program, best mic and stuff to record singing? :)) and HOW do you do it i’ve tried to search this everywhere!

  10. xxpinkstrawberriexxx if you are looking for a free recording program try kristal audio engine it’s got effects . you will need a preamp to record a mic on a pc to raise the level it is not loud enough by itself. the soundcard that comes with a pc is not good enough so you need a interface most come with a built in preamp. try a shure sm-58 mic try these things out. total cost about $200.00 for interface and mic

  11. Definitely not a noob. Frank Green has recorded albums for the Eagles, the Oakridge Boys, Kansas, Faith Hill and lots more. He’s teaching the basics, he obviously knows more, he’s just sharing some information with beginners.

  12. Definitely not a noob. Frank Green has recorded albums for the Eagles, the Oakridge Boys, Kansas, Faith Hill and lots more. He’s teaching the basics, he obviously knows more, he’s just sharing some information with beginners.

  13. You turn the microphone upside down, so your voice hits the capsule more than the body of the mic. If the microphone is parallel with your body, you create a ping pong reflection that might muddy up your recording. Hope this helps. Cheers!

  14. This is more of a very brief introduction to recording. The title suggests that this video is directed at an audience that already understands everything that was covered. I need more in-depth information. What kind of compressors? How do you achieve sounds appropriate for Jazz, Rock, Hip-Hop, Pop, etc… This is intended to be constructive feedback. Many people recording are FAR past this level. For instance — I’m a working engineer already and have credit on 3 published records.

  15. I’ve got a question, When i record vocals i have a hard time finding the right distance from the mic. If i’m to far away from the mic my voice is not picked up as it sould and if i’m too near it will clip! and if i move back and fourth the level will differ.

    so I need to be able to stand at a certain distance from the mic and sing loud without clipping. What/how do i do that?

  16. How can I NOT get Clipping when i sing loud? moving back and fourth is not a good option since you voice will differ. Like if you’ve got this loud/high part in a song that you are recording , how do I do that without getting clipped . you know if you’re too close or loud your voice becomes Distorted in the mic! i don’t want that. Please help.

  17. This should be called “Tips on what expensive things that most of you can’t afford should buy”

  18. for my home studio i use a dynamic mic instead of a condenser it rejects a lot of unwanted sounds work well for home use and sounds great. condenser mics are more sensitive an require a sound both.

  19. be for you start recording check the volume level on your mic and make sure its not peeking in the red if it is means its to loud and causes distortion and clipping.now for best sound u want it as close to peek level as possible with it not actually peeking (in the red).you just got play with it

  20. You can always use a compressor/limiter with some ratio of compression of about … 4:1

    Just experiment with knobs and you are a way to go. 😀 😀

  21. what type of equipment should i buy to record vocals. starting out.. until i can step to a more expensive piece. i have nothing now.. but looking to lay down vocals. maybe create mix beats. instrumentals. are their any types of music makes u may suggest as well?? as equipment.. plz write back. thanks.

  22. Grab a Mbox (Audio interface) and Condensor Mic, Shure Sm57 (Its kind of an all around Mic).The Mbox has a variety in prices but all come with protools LE which is a professional software and plenty of sounds. Check out the bundles on Guitar center.

  23. hey I like your vid, its helpfull but I have a question. I bought a avid vocal studio microphone whih is nice for me. but I cant seem to find the right Mic stand for it.. would you mind givin me some ideas of what mic stands could be use with thaat type of mic?.. thank you, I’ll be waiting for your response 🙂

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