#1
I've been trying to sing a bit lately. I don't really have the best voice but it seems I'm the only one who really wants to sing.

I've tried using a bit of EQ and reverb but Audacity's default plugins really suck. Any tips? Programs?
#2
Try working on your singing as well as your guitar. Play a note on your guitar and try to hit it with your voice. Also, make sure you're singing from the bottom of your lungs, and not your throat. Lots of reverb always helps, not just a bit. I personally have the PA's reverb setting to about 7/10 for my voice. Also, high low and low high tends to work well.

After that, I can't help you I'm afraid.
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#3
vocals have to sound going in to sound good coming out.

not having heard your singing, i can't and won't judge, but just like anything..

no amount of EQ, reverb, FX etc will fix bad sounding ANYTHING.
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#4
Work on your breath control too. Hold your breath and then release it slowly for 4 measures at a modest\slow tempo. Then do it singing!
#5
ive found that if your voice is weak no matter what you do to it in mixing itll still sound weak
so maybe you should try and strengthen your voice first?

to make your voice sound stronger i cant really tell you how to do it all in a forum post really
but the basics of it are this :
firstly your voice will sound stronger if your lungs are full of air. you know you lay down or when you sleep it feels more like youre breathing into your stomach? thats because your lungs have more space for air further down your body, they dont just sit in your chest.
secondly, and this is gonna sound weird but itll make sense when you do it, if you wanna singer louder and more powerful the easiest way is to force your singing voice out the back of your throat. itll feel like the sound is coming out the back of you head rather than your throat and itll make you ten times louder.
and another thing to know is that singing uses the rest of your body, not just your lungs and throat. Standing up straight is the first thing thatll make your singing voice much louder and easier to use. and finally you cant put too much strain on your vocal chords cos theyre only weak, your voice will be louder and sound much better if you squeeze your lower stomach muscles for the high notes.
all that stuff takes years of practise really but i noticed a huge change after my first proper singing lesson tbh

cos ive found that if your voice is weak no matter what you do to it in mixing itll still sound weak
#6
IMO you really can practice singing with your guitar as. play a note and try to sing it properly. also try to play the melodies, you want to sing, on the guitar. i did it like that, too and it was quite succesful
#7
If you send bad vocals in, you'll get bad vocals out!
Its that simple.
You'll hafta learn to sing better and hit the notes.
Don't record it all in just one take. Record your vocals in many different takes. Like one take for the verse, one for the chorus and such.

EQing, adding reverb, compression will just make it sound a little cooler (compression will actually end up enhancing the good bits and the bad bits of your vocals so it can sound worse). But it won't make your vocals any better.
You could add distortion to it to mask out your mistakes but it'll only work if you're in an industrial band.

So at the end of the day, practice singing better and you'll get better results!
#8
There is this, but still, if it's garbage in, it's garbage out. Try getting a vocal coach, or practice with friends.
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#9
You can make a good vocal sound great, but not a **** vocal sound good. I've learned over my years of experience recording vocals that the secret to good vocals is having a killer vocal performance and getting the best tone at the source. You can't correct vocal tone, that has to come fromt he sinnger. You can fine tune the pitch with autontune or melodyne, but you have to watch out because if its really far out you will get a rather unnatural sound, use these sparingly to sweeten an already great sounding vocal track. Sometimes the raw vocal will sound better than it will with autotune. As far as EQ goes every voice is very different. I know that my voice is rather boomy in the low mids (600-900 Hz), which I usually cut to make it sit in a mix better, however this is only applicable to my voice, theres no magical number as every voice is different.
#10
Although you can't make poor vocals sound good, I do think you can improve the sound of an average vocal to make it sound a fair bit better. I usually find my vocal tracks sound a lot better with tasteful compression, reverb and EQ.
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I've been trying to sing a bit lately. I don't really have the best voice but it seems I'm the only one who really wants to sing.

I've tried using a bit of EQ and reverb but Audacity's default plugins really suck. Any tips? Programs?



Sonar V-vocal really works wonders for me...but you still have to have a fair sounding voice as this helps quite a bit even after you fix it all up.
Reverb, compression, and EQ to taste.
Also be sure to get good mics and preamps as this will help even more.

Tweaks guide has some info on processing vocals:
http://www.tweakheadz.com/how_to_process_vocal_tracks.htm
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There is this, but still, if it's garbage in, it's garbage out. Try getting a vocal coach, or practice with friends.


That type of software/plugin will deal with pitch problem but I think this is mainly about the character of the voice. I can only echo what some posters have already told you: sing more. Finding a voice you're comfortable with takes time.