Recording vocals for the vocalist

  • The voice works best from mid-afternoon to late at night. But, if you have a session at 9 am in the morning, start warming up at 8 am!
  • Try to avoid smoking for 24 hours before.
  • Although the final vocal is recorded last, make sure you get plenty of time. If you require ten or more takes, then that’s what you need. The vocal has to be right!
  • Don’t be hesitant to experiment with the mic a little, moving closer to the mic when singing softly and moving slightly further away for loud passages.

Recording vocals for the engineer

  • From the vocalist’s perspective, their performance puts them on the line to a greater extent, psychologically, than most instrumentalists. Always be positive and supportive and make the effort to do everything to make the singer feel comfortable and inspired.
  • If the vocalist is listening to a guide mix of the song in their headphones, set the volume carefully. If you want them to sing loud and hard, turn up the mix so they’ll have to give all they’ve got to hear themselves.
  • Make sure the headphones seal around the vocalist’s ears so that the vocal mic doesn’t pick up the mix.
  • Select and position mics carefully to avoid sibilant distortion, ‘popping’ and excess bass. 
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