Audacity- vocal recording tips?
Posted 04 March 2006 - 12:52 PM
All I did last night was add reverb (which also sounded like crap, but it was better than completely dry vocals made somewhat odd by the ####ty ass room I was recording in)
It later dawned on me that the reverb that comes with audacity Gverb has a wet/dry control. I didn't notice before because it was mixed in with a bunch of very technical sounding sliders near the bottom.
It also dawned on me that I should probably use very mild compression. Just enough to smooth out the peaks and the lower volume, but not enough to make everything the same volume.
I think another thing would be to EQ the voice. I found myself singing with a lot of treble/mid bite in my timber because it was sounding very hollow and bassy in the recording and I was trying to make up for that(I don't know exactly what my range is, but I sing pretty low, I'm probably a baritone) I think a better thing to do would to do a treble/mid boost/bass reduction on the vocal tracks via EQ. Finding out what the resonant frequency in the room would be a good thing too I guess.
Anyways, I think I sort of reasoned out in my head how to record vocals a bit better, but do you guys have any tips?
Posted 04 March 2006 - 02:42 PM
Posted 04 March 2006 - 04:54 PM
Kind of like that girl you met and you thought she was hot in the club last night, but when you wake up in the morning she's a he.
This is just my opinion as I don't know it all. I don't know what mic your using, but I've found by experimenting with the position(or pickup pattern) in which the mic is pointed at your mouth changes things a good bit. You should try singing a line with the mic level just below your mouth pointed up at the roof of your mouth, then sing a line with mic level above your mouth pointed down at your tongue. Then ofcourse you can do a straight on approach and see how that works. Also try different distances from the mic and such. Experimentation will be your best bet.
Posted 04 March 2006 - 05:46 PM
I think part of the problem is that I am not used to hearing my voice recorded and it doesn't sound quite like what I am used to hearing.
Posted 04 March 2006 - 07:43 PM
Use a pop shield.. either the condom type that sit on the end of the mic or the "Popper Stopper" type that clamp onto to the mic stand.
Cut the by a few dB at 150hz ish- obvious this depends on the mic you're using, but keep it crisp by removing some low end and maybe sharpening up the top end around 14Khz ish.
Compression. Makes so much difference to everything.
Use reverb sparingly unless you really want the spooky/ambient thing going on.
Posted 04 March 2006 - 07:56 PM
This may sound completely un-useful but the best tip ever to get the best performance you can in the first place, you'll find you have to tweak and fiddle a lot less in the long run.
thats probebly the best advice you can get.
our current demo's vocals was done in 1/2 takes, mainly down to time restrictions, but i really want to go over a couple again. keep trying and trying and when YOU feel you got a good track, keep it.
either that or turn up the "studio magic" dial on the mixing board.
"bury me at sea where no murdered ghost can haunt me"
Posted 04 March 2006 - 08:26 PM
Buy or Trade my Ibanez sa 260 fm!!!!
Posted 05 March 2006 - 06:28 AM
Record about 5 takes of the lead vocal track all the way thru and then complile one one track together out of the best parts of the 5. It's a whole lot easy than continually trying to get one take 'spot on'.
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