You could have a very good piece of music, well written and the instruments playing right, but the fact that the vocals came out wrong would mean that it is as good as useless. It is important to make sure that you have the best sound when recording your vocals. In this article, we are going to take a look at some tips to sound better when recording vocals.
Prepare Before Recording
You need to be ready by the time that you’re going into the recording booth, and since being in the booth could be intimidating, it is best to practice first. Record yourself in front of a friend so that you can polish your vocal techniques before hitting the recording booth.
You also need to practice your song in front of a microphone so that you can get the distance right. While recording, you’ll most likely be still, something you might also want to get used to. Practicing the microphone technique will reduce the chances of fidgeting behind the mic due to discomfort. Some of the common techniques include:
- Volume Control
- Avoid Popping and Sibilance: when pronouncing P’s and B’s, which usually causes additional bursts of air.
- Control Breath Sounds
Choose the Right Microphone
There are many different types of microphones and it is best to test them to figure out the one that works best for you. The quality of the sound can be affected by the wrong type of microphone.
Shape Vowels When Singing
There is more emotion when one shapes their vowels when singing since the voice can flow within the instrument, creating more character.
Communicate Through the Song
The lyrics should communicate a message, and emotion should be used to emphasize what you’re saying in the song. This means that the lyrics and emotions should stand out through a recording.
The song should be delivered in a way that brings out your voice and emotion so that they touch the hearts of listeners. Imagine that someone is in front of you as you sing in order to connect better.
How to Connect a Condenser Microphone to a Laptop for Recording
For normal microphones, you would probably just need an 1\8” jack and you’re good to go when it comes to connecting a mic to a laptop, but it is slightly different with the condenser mic. You need to have an adequate mixer for the best quality sound, and a soundcard that goes with a ¼” jack. The condenser mic is then connected to the mixer, which in turn connects to the soundcard. This coupled with good recording software such as Cakewalk or Audacity should be good to get you going. The advantage of the condenser mic is the fact that it can get extended frequency ranges, maintain flat frequency responses, is small and portable, and is durable. Cakewalk and Audacity are good options for those that are on a budget, enhancing the quality of the music since you can play around with it.
The type of mic that you use will affect your vocals, which is why you should choose very carefully, and preferably go for the condenser microphone.