How often have you scratched your head and wondered about the best way to record vocals?
I’ve talked about the various ways of recording vocals in past posts. But since I don’t have all the resources at my disposal I like to do what so many of you do as well. Look for educational resources and tricks to expand my knowledge base.
I know recording vocals is a very dear subject to all of you so I’ve compiled a neat list of the various videos I found on Youtube. These videos all have some interesting point or tidbits of information that can come in handy the next time you’re recording vocals.
A Crash Course in Vocal Recording
This video here has a great overview when it comes to recording vocals. From the pop filter to microphone types, it’s very informative for beginners learning the ropes.
Stand up Straight!
Check out the positioning of the vocal microphone in the following video. Also, the engineer makes a great point of not sitting down while doing a vocal take.
Recording Vocals with 2 Microphones
Here is an interesting technique I’ve never heard of, but the way he explains it makes it very tempting to try.
Vocal Recording Mistakes
Khaliq has some great tips on avoiding the common mistakes that are made when recording vocals. These top five mistakes are addressed in a few videos, but this last one sums them all up on the screen. If you want to hear him talk about the other mistakes just click on the video and find the other parts in the sidebar on Youtube.
Doubling Vocals from a Rap Perspective
Doubling vocals is often recommended to get a fuller sound out of a vocal track. However, that doesn’t always work since it’s difficult to sing the exact same way twice. In rap music, the rhythm of the vocal is extremely important so it’s even more crucial to make sure your vocal tracks are exactly the same. If not, you’ll end up with a jumbled mess of rap lines.
Lil’ D has some interesting points to think about when you’re recording vocals. It’s not just about walking up to the mic, singing some lines off a piece of paper and then leaving. You’re recording an instrument. Treat is as such.
Dealing With an Artist
The first part of this video has some easy to forget, but important tips to keep in mind when you are working with a vocalist.
Trying Multiple Microphones
If you have the option of choosing between different microphones, I recommend setting them up similar to what is done in this video and just singing through them one by one. By listening back to them you can find the microphone that suits your voice the best.
Capture a Performance
Ted Carfrae has a great point. It’s about capturing a great performance. By comping together a few takes you can capture an amazing final performance from a collection of different takes.
Recording Without Headphones
If you have a cardioid dynamic microphone like in this video there will be minimal bleed. If you have a busy song that will have other dominating elements than the vocal then you could get away with recording without headphones like this.
There you have it. It took me a while to go through a lot of different Youtube videos to find those that I actually thought were interesting. There is at least a little tidbit of information in each video that was worthy of being forwarded to you so I hope you learn some new tricks by watching them.
For practical and easy-to-use recording tips for any instrument, check out Recording Strategies.
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