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Old 08-03-2015, 07:33 PM   #4241
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Thank you for all the information DisarmGoliath.

I'm all ears (or eyes) for any other tips from you guys regarding vocal recordings.
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Old 08-03-2015, 08:04 PM   #4242
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Well, to go more in depth we kind of need to know a bit more about what and how you're recording

What style of music (doesn't need to be too in-depth) and what vocal style(s) are you using? E.g. is it pop with clean falsetto and head voice (judging by the avatar, probably not lol) or death metal with cookie monster gutterals and fry screams? Different vocal techniques require different approaches, and different musical styles typically feature certain ideologies.

Also, have you got mic set up on a stand, going into the interface with the gain set right, going into your DAW and you are wearing headphones and standing right up to the mic? Be as in-depth as you can with how you're recording it. Are you in a bedroom and singing quieter to avoid disturbing others, or are you singing at full blast?

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Old 08-03-2015, 09:37 PM   #4243
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Well, to go more in depth we kind of need to know a bit more about what and how you're recording

What style of music (doesn't need to be too in-depth) and what vocal style(s) are you using? E.g. is it pop with clean falsetto and head voice (judging by the avatar, probably not lol) or death metal with cookie monster gutterals and fry screams? Different vocal techniques require different approaches, and different musical styles typically feature certain ideologies.


Ok so my writing style is somewhere a cross between bands like Megadeth, Metallica and punk rock groups like The Offspring, NOFX, Pennywise etc. So no really screamo death metal types but not exactly squeeky clean pop sounding ether.



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Also, have you got mic set up on a stand, going into the interface with the gain set right, going into your DAW and you are wearing headphones and standing right up to the mic? Be as in-depth as you can with how you're recording it. Are you in a bedroom and singing quieter to avoid disturbing others, or are you singing at full blast?


I have stands and can use them but I have been holding the SM57 in my hands with a XLR cord straight into the interface. I usually had the gain or Inst mic (as it appears on my interface?) at about 12 o clock but will record it higher now to bring my vocal volume up. I have headphones that came with my Presonus pack and I use them and I record everything in my medium to small sized living room. My computer, interface, guitar amp etc is all in one side of the room.

As I said I've just been holding the mic and experimenting singing at different volumes and distances away from the mic. I guess I would say I naturally sing quieter, I tried to sing louder and closer because I bumped into some problems like I said but I found it makes some of the words make a popping noise in the recording like the letter P. So I guess I might look into making my own filter or buying one.
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Old 08-04-2015, 04:00 AM   #4244
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I have stands and can use them but I have been holding the SM57 in my hands.



I wouldn't do that, that immediately will introduce fluctuations in volume regardless of how well you control your voice. Use a stand.

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I usually had the gain or Inst mic (as it appears on my interface?) at about 12 o clock but will record it higher now to bring my vocal volume up.



Make sure you leave headroom, and don't let the signal clip.

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I found it makes some of the words make a popping noise in the recording like the letter P.


How much this happens will vary depending on what mic you have but if it's an issue then yeah I would get one.

As a general rule, vocals don't take extreme processing too well. Some instruments you can pretty much do whatever you want when it comes to mixing, but vocals don't tend to. If you capture it right at the source you should be sorted though.
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Old 08-04-2015, 11:20 PM   #4245
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Cool thanks for the tips and nice riffing on youtube thumbs up.
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Old 08-05-2015, 01:06 AM   #4246
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Old 08-13-2015, 11:47 PM   #4247
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