One of the most common concerns from at-home artists is whether or not they are recording their vocals correctly. Today we are going to answer that question so you never again have this nagging question in the back of your mind. If you ask me, I would say there are 3 very important steps to achieving a professional vocal sound. And while the steps may seem simple and straight-forward, in reality they may take some time & patience to get just right. Anyway, on to the good stuff:
Step 1: Buy a quality microphone. Right now there are mics on the market that range as high in price as $6,000 and even other mics that reach the price tag of around $20,000. You do not need these mics. Those kind of microphones are created for the likes of Eminem & Kanye and even those guys don’t use mics like this all the time. You can get a great Studio Condenser Microphone for $200 at Sweetwater or your local Guitar Center. This will be enough to capture a greatly detailed recording.
Step 2: Create a great recording. This step is very important. You MUST get a great recording full of energy, passion & clarity. If you’re in the middle of spitting a perfect verse and your neighbor knocks on your door. Throw it out and try again. If you did it once you can do it again. Never accept a recording that is “ok” or “will do just fine”. Only keep your very best.
Step 3: Get It Right in the Mix. Nothing is more important than this step. I’ve seen an engineer take a verse that was recorded on a cell phone and turn it into a radio-quality song. This step can make up for getting it wrong in the above two steps. However, it’s always best to get it right the first time but that’s not always possible. Check out some tutorials on Youtube, read my others blogs about vocal treatment and take some time learning how to EQ & Compress vocals. After you trained these skills you will have no problem achieving a high-quality & professional vocal sound.