Five Quick Tips For Better Vocal Recordings


Vocals are arguably the single most important part of an entire song. For starters, they tend to be the focus of the performance, meaning that a bad vocal track will stand out. If you're having trouble nailing a good vocal recording, there are a few key things you should pay attention to. Below, we take a look at five tips that should help you get a great vocal recording.


1. Get Comfy

A singer who feels comfortable and calm is going to deliver a much better performance than someone who is nervous. Rehearsing before recording is the best way to raise confidence. There should be little to no distractions in the recording studio because these can seriously affect the quality of the outcome. If you are about to sing and you feel worried about something, discuss the issue and fix it instead of trying to ignore the situation and soldiering on.


2. Quality Matters

There are many different kinds of microphones available in the market. The quality of vocals is very much dependent on the type of receiver being used in the recording studio.

Microphones that are intended for home usage or small stereo systems may be totally unsuitable for professional recording. Capacitor or condenser microphones are most commonly used in studios for recording vocals; they are more sensitive than dynamic microphones that would typically be used for a live vocal performance.

Most recording studios will have top-quality condenser microphones, and though simpler and less expensive brands might perform just fine, it is always worth checking with the studio where you are doing your recording which microphones they have available before your session.


3. It's all about Technique

Microphone technology is a major factor and the manner in which the receiver is "attacked" will also determine the quality of the results. For a start, learn to put the receiver at a correct distance. Being too close to the microphone will increase the risk of popping and cracking sounds. Being too far away from the microphone, apart from diminishing the volume, may also cause the sound to reflect or bounce off the walls of the studio, thus reducing the quality of the vocal.

Singers should also learn to pull back when hitting loud or high notes. This could help to make the quality of the vocals even, from start to finish. Finally, the microphone should be mounted on a stand whenever possible. Holding the microphone while performing can significantly affect the quality of the sound and pick up residual and unwanted noises.


4. Pop it

A pop shield is a useful piece of equipment when recording vocals in a studio. It is generally mounted on the microphone stand and will cover the front of the microphone, and when mounted correctly it will help eliminate pops and other sounds caused by singing into the microphone. Such pops are difficult to fix during the editing and mixing of the song so it is always best to use a pop shield on your microphone to avoid this.


5. Practice, Perform, Repeat

Very few singers are capable of delivering stellar performances on the first take, and after listening to your first vocal drive you might find there are some imperfections. There is no need to settle for something that sounds mediocre. Repeat until you feel confident and happy with the outcome. Striving for perfection is a good thing, as long as you know where to draw the line.


Final Thoughts ...

Both the equipment and the technique of the performer are important when it comes to the final quality of the vocals. Working with a good recording studio engineer will be a bonus in achieving a satisfactory final result. Research, rehearse and be mindful of the tips above before getting into the recording studio and you should do just fine!



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