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FEB 3, 2014

6 tips for recording your vocals

The vocals are the focal point of a song, so they need to be good.

The problem is, there are so many factors that contribute to recording a good vocal track, and it could take lots of attempts to get it right. And that’ll cost you money.

To help you nail the vocal recording sooner rather than later we’ve put together 6 top tips for recording your vocals.

#1 – The first and probably most obvious tip is to make sure that you’re well rehearsed. You’ll probably perform best when you’re completely relaxed and stood up. If you’re being distracted by your band mates then kindly ask them to leave. It’s in their best interests too, right?

#2 – Know your vocal technique. When you’re rehearsing it’s important to understand your limitations, and know at which note your voice will blow out. This way, you can prepare for your studio time by altering melody and pitch to fit your voice.

 #3 – This shouldn’t need pointing out, but many bands like to run on little sleep. It’s imperative that you’re well rested if you want to nail your vocals on the first few go rounds. If you’re fatigued you risk straining your voice.

#4 – Even if you’re voice is amazing, the wrong mic can quickly ruin it. Make sure that you test the mics the studio has and speak to your engineer. They may have suggestions in terms of which mic will work best for your voice. If you aren’t happy with their equipment, find somewhere else.

#5 – When you’re redoing one line or word make sure that you start from a verse or two back. This means that your vocal performance will be much smoother rather than ‘punching-in’. It’ll also make it easier for you in terms of timing.

#6 – Listen back, listen back, listen back. I can’t stress enough how important it is to listen to the track you’ve just laid down. You’ll be able to pick out the bits your most happy with (and leave them as is) and find the bits you aren’t happy with and make changes.

Remember, getting the vocal track you’re happy with will take time. Be patient and follow the tips above to get it sooner rather than later! 

Created on 3rd February 2014
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