If the vocals you’ve recorded sounds great on tape, then the music production that you’re working towards is going to end really well.
But for those who are just getting started, here are 4 tips that can help you record that perfect vocal sound:
#1: Ensure that the singer is not only physically comfortable, focused but also under no psychological pressure too. In general, most singer perform best standing up in a room where the temperature is not too warm. If they’re feeling distracted, then have the other band members or even the sound engineer out of the room.
#2: An excellent headphone mix helps the vocalist give an excellent performance. This means getting it right (in terms, of what they want!) while giving them a bit of reverb as well. Better still, if they can adjust their own monitor level, life will get a whole lot easier.
#3: Pick the mic that will suit the singer. For example, those singers with think or bright sounds could do with a dynamic mic much like the Shure SM58. For those with more open sounding voices, a back electret or capacitor mic should work just as well.
#4: A pop shield is vital to getting the vocalist to sound right. If you fail to do this, when syllables such as ‘p’ and ‘b’ are sung, pops that sound unnatural will not be eliminated once the recording is over. You can find a commercial model if you like or create one yourself which consists of stocking material hanging over a wire coathanger frame.