#1
Before I start, I'm recording screaming for the most part.

I'm having problems with getting a track that doesn't sound "roomy." Since screams are inherently loud, I have to stand about 2 or 3 feet away from the mic to prevent clipping. The problem I've run into is that my vocals sound like I'm standing across the room from the mic.

I've worked around this before by basically burying the vocals in the mix, but I'm currently working on a vocal-centric song. I've tried various combinations of noise gates and compressors, but I've run out of ideas.

I'm currently running a Shure SM48 into a Line 6 UX2, then using Reaper as my DAW.

Any suggestions? I'm quite open to anything that isn't expensive (like $50 MAX).

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It's already very low. Also, I don't want to be too much closer to the mic. The one I'm using has a fairly pronounced proximity effect.

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#4
Hm, what kind of room are you recording in? It should help if you try to dampen it with bedsheets and shit.
#5
It's the smallest room in the house that isn't a closet or a bathroom. Probably about 8 feet across by 12 feet long. I've tried a few different mic placements, and nothing seems to fix.

The bedsheets sound like a good idea. I think I have an old mattress as well.

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#6
So try a closet! Already dampened!

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#8
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It's already very low. Also, I don't want to be too much closer to the mic. The one I'm using has a fairly pronounced proximity effect.

i wouldnt expect there to be too much of a proximity effect at 2 or 3 feet away. its usually when you get inside of 6 inches that it becomes really noticable (at least in my experience). maybe your mic is different, but i would expect a foot a way to have minimal impact in that area

dampening the room seems like the best idea still. or even just taking the room out of the equation, and recording outside. try getting a room effect in the middle of a field
#9
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i wouldnt expect there to be too much of a proximity effect at 2 or 3 feet away. its usually when you get inside of 6 inches that it becomes really noticable (at least in my experience). maybe your mic is different, but i would expect a foot a way to have minimal impact in that area

dampening the room seems like the best idea still. or even just taking the room out of the equation, and recording outside. try getting a room effect in the middle of a field


The issue I run into if I get closer than 2 feet is that I instinctively hold onto the mic, which leads to me eating it. Obviously getting that close is bad if I'm screaming.

Recording outside would be great if I had an extension cord long enough

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The issue I run into if I get closer than 2 feet is that I instinctively hold onto the mic, which leads to me eating it. Obviously getting that close is bad if I'm screaming.

Instead of grabbing the mic, grab your headphones. It is almost the same thing.
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#11
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Instead of grabbing the mic, grab your headphones. It is almost the same thing.


I might set up an extra stand next to the mic so I can grab that.

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Do it. You can take my straight stand for it if you want to, I might not have enough space for it.


I set up one of those wire music stands. It helps somewhat. I think I'm going to get some PVC piping and make a frame with moving blankets over it to dampen some more.

BTW, we should definitely jam/collaborate on something before you go back to school.

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#14
Part of the benefit of using a pop filter - even for those singers whose technique is good enough that they don't need one - is it provides a psychological barrier between you and the mic so you're less likely to grab it... or even get too close to it.

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#15
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Part of the benefit of using a pop filter - even for those singers whose technique is good enough that they don't need one - is it provides a psychological barrier between you and the mic so you're less likely to grab it... or even get too close to it.

CT


I use one because I enunciate rather heavily. I never thought of it as a barrier. I'm an instrumentalist first; playing woodwinds an guitar for 10 years makes it a habit to want to be touching whatever is making sound.

I just finished putting up a few old mattresses in a V shape. I draped some thick blankets over the V to make a sort of cushy U shape that the mic is in the middle of. I'll report back with results.

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#17
It works great actually. Since I'm singing into a curved surface covered in blankets, it kills most of the reverb. And I find that holding the head phones or my shirt keeps my hands off the mic. It feels unnatural, but I'll get used to it.

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