The idea of recording vocals in a shower.

Discussion in 'Studio Construction & Acoustics Forum' started by killersoundz, Apr 22, 2005.

  1. killersoundz

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    I really would like to know who came up with the idea of recording vocals in a bathroom/shower, so I could tell them they are stupid.

    I was just walking around my house with my drum sticks clicking them together listening for stuff and I gained a few things. I stood in a doorway facing the other end of a room which is a wall, and If I aligned my head right with my ears about level to the wall (parellel), I would hear excessive frequencies at around 15-20khz when clicking my sticks. And then I tried to click them over my head with my head in the same position, and the volume level was pretty tremendous, major increase. No, not because they were over my head, it wasn't as loud standing in the middle of the room.

    But anyway, I was standing in the hallway outside my bathroom and if I clicked my sticks the reverberation would build up in the bathroom and it made me laugh. But yeah, thats getting me to the point of the topic, which is, why in the world would anyone think a bathroom/shower is a good place to record vocals? That is absolutely the opposite of what you would want for a vocal situation. It just sounds nasty. It's not even good reverb, it just sounds like you're standing in a metal tank.
     
  2. Yup. aside from recording in there as a special effect, it's pretty crazy! :D :D


    Paul
     
  3. David French

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    It's amazing how forgiving the brain-ear combiation can be.
     
  4. BrianAltenhofel

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    It kinda depends on the bathroom you're in...even though you might have a 1 in a million chance of hitting the right bathroom. You have to give the guy the benefit of a doubt that he may have hit the right bathroom, but never tested his hypothesis in any other environment.

    But all in all, yeah, recording vocals in the bathroom is pretty crazy. Saxophones on the other hand....
     
  5. therecordingart

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    I used to record vocals in my small bathroom with decent results....as far as low budget recording goes. Once I started recording in a treated room it is now much nicer, but the bathroom worked. Some of my oldest recordings in the untreated rooms kick ass compared my newer ones.
     
  6. BrianAltenhofel

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    If I EVER get my studio built, I think I may include a suite of "untreated" rooms for tracking. Its just a thought....
     
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    Whow, excessive frequencies at 20kHz? How old are you? I'm envious...
     
  8. Kurt Foster

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    Most of the "bathroom" and "stairwell" stories I have heard originated in large studios. The bathrooms used were pretty big. Also they were used as live echo chambers (a speaker hooked up to the aux send and a mic hooked up to the aux return) and not as an actual tracking room, at least in the tales I have heard.

    A lot of classic records were recorded using these kinds of techniques before digital and plate reverbs were around. Owen Bradley did some things like that when he was recording in the "Quonset Hut" in the fifties ... records like "Crazy" by Patsy Cline ... (the most played record ever, on jukeboxes world wide). Capitol Records in Hollywood still has the 4 tiled echo chambers that Les Paul designed in the 50's in the basement of the Capitol Tower. These were some of Brian Wilson's favorite echo chambers when he was making records with The Beach Boys. The Beatles used to sneak into the echo chambers at Abby Road to smoke pot ... they would be standing in there getting stupid and all of a sudden someone would patch in the echo send and blast them out, scaring the sh*t out of them in the process.

    I suspect that used in the same way, even a small home bathroom or garage might make for an interesting effect. You never know until you try. The beauty of doing audio is that if something doesn't work, you can just turn it off or re do the part.

    Don't slip into the habit of rejecting everything before you try it. Keeping an open mind to all things can be a key to creativity.
     
  9. killersoundz

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    Thats right, I've got ears like a dog.
     
  10. sheet

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    I can't remember who it was, I read this in Mix back in the 90's. There was a VERY well known, somewhat off-the-wall producer that would hurl into a toilet, claiming that it gave it the right "texture", and would then stick his head in there and sing into a mic. Whatever.
     
  11. Kurt Foster

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    Joe Meek used to place mics in toilets for effect ... mayby that's what you're thinking of ???
     
  12. Rod Gervais

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    My sister used to date a pedal steel guitarist who would carry around a reel to reel stereo recorder - 1/4" tape - who would record the toilets anywhere he visited - he said they all had a very distinct sound.

    Even 2 identical toilets from the same factory lot..........

    Yeah - i know - she dated some winners :? ........... but he was one hell of a steel guitarist......... :cool:

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  13. Thanks for the laugh Rod.

    The world never ceases to amaze me ;)


    Paul
     
  14. eric_desart

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    :-? I often sung in a shower.
    Nobody ever was tempted to record that.

    :roll: But maybe that had a different reason ????
     
  15. Hey Eric.


    At least you have the knowledge to Isolate the Shower Cubicle.


    :D :D


    Paul ( having visions of a Cubicle within a Cubicle design, 800mmm x 8000mm steel reinforced concrete slab on sylomer, Flexible water pipes, etc,etc :D :D )