3 Steps to Recording a Professional Vocal!

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.     
  1. March 31, 2015

    When you sing you definitely sound like you do out loud. For whevtear reason when you record on a device not made for vocal music recording your voice usually sounds pretty different. If you want to get an accurate recording of your voice you would probably have to dish out a decent amount of money for a recording microphone and software (which since you just want to learn how to sing I don’t think that’s entirely worth it unless you have the disposable income).For warm ups and exercises I would actually recommend just browsing online, posting on singing forums and looking for videos. You can find a lot of resources online that can definitely help. If you’re still looking for a DVD I think you should try to figure out what kind of music you want to sing and find a DVD that works best. Do a little research on who the coach on the DVD is and what kind of music they sing, because that does reflect in their teaching style and what they teach you.Hope this helps.Baseresxyz

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