Singing Into a Microphone – How to Record Vocals for Best Results
Here’s a lil video all about microphone singing! My best 6 tips for knowing how to record vocals for optimal results.
My tips include….
1) Set levels so they’re not too high; otherwise you’ll max out and distort your vocal recording — and, worse, try to hold back or sing tentatively to accommodate this too-high setting. Instead, aim for a lower microphone level. You can always boost it later.
2) Get your live monitor/headphone levels right! Singing with headphones always presents its own set of challenges, so I almost always leave one ear outside of the headphones as I’m singing to get some live feedback.
3) Don’t forget your breathing DOWN BELOW! The microphone picks up what you’re creating up top, however, the work and effort happens via the rest of your body. Don’t forget your technique or become a “neck-up” singer in the studio.
4) Be mindful of how distance to the microphone affects the nuance, intimacy and volume of what you’re singing. Closer = more intimate. Further away = taller, more echo-y, for louder moments.
5) Learn how to breathe without harsh, noticeable gasps (super distracting — and in the video I give you a quick tutorial on how to do this).
6) Finally, experiment! Microphones are incredible tools, so don’t be intimidated! Just practice and see what sounds good, then trust your instincts. 🙂
In the video I also mentioned that I was using an Audio-Technica AT4040 condenser microphone for $299 – http://amzn.to/29hKetW
Ooh! Even better — AT4040 plus pop-filter and XLR cable, for $299: http://amzn.to/29gKJVd
Other good condenser microphones….
AT2020 microphone is $99 – http://amzn.to/29lNwh2
AT2020 microphone with USB hookup is $149 – http://amzn.to/29gLqOE
MXL 770 for $75 – http://amzn.to/29fUlDm
My headphones are also Audio-Technica (see a trend here?) and you can find them here: http://amzn.to/29fUiaP
*Please note, these are Amazon affiliate links.
Hope this video and these resources are helpful! Please leave me a comment to let me know whether you’ve been recording some vocal projects, and whether you’d like more videos like this!