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$0 budget to get a drier vocal?

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by EricIndecisive, Jan 1, 2010.

  1. EricIndecisive

    EricIndecisive Active Member

    I do this all in my bedroom at home... I am not looking for a professional result, but anything that could cut down on picking up extra room noise. Hang up blankets? Sing in a corner? I appreciate any help. I use a Rode Nt2-a if that makes any difference, and it goes in through my firepod. Thanks!
  2. jg49

    jg49 Well-Known Member

    Yes, use dynamic mics and it will lessen the effect that the room has. Zero dollars? do a trade. Hanging blankets will mostly give you a bedouin tent effect, good for harem girls and camels, not much for sound treatment.
  3. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    but I like harem girls...........?!!
  4. jg49

    jg49 Well-Known Member

    So DD you got any blankets????
  5. EricIndecisive

    EricIndecisive Active Member

    Haha thanks for the quick responses guys. I guess I will make some good use of that SM58 then! Most of these songs are more rock-like vocals anyways, so I suppose that is the better course of action anyways.
  6. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    Yeah, the blankets on the wall don't do much, but if they attract harem girls, you can have them sit in the corners. Basically, stuff any crap you have that you think might absorb sound into the corners - dirty laundry, sofa cushions, pillows. Not really going to give optimum performance, but it will help.

    Using the 57 and eating the mic if the proximity effect isn't too much will probably help more.
  7. song4gabriel

    song4gabriel Active Member

    trade some of those blankets for an sm7!!
  8. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Well-Known Member

    Drier vocal? Sand in the mouth should do the trick!
  9. EricIndecisive

    EricIndecisive Active Member

    i will never forget the great advice given here on recording.org! :)
  10. Audiophile76

    Audiophile76 Guest

    vocal recording technique

    here's a simple technique for recording vocals i learned that will give you fantastic results. It will give you a dry vocal, but not TOO dead, and will give you a little bit of silkiness. It might cost you the cost of a couple comforters if you can't convince your wife that "they will be put to good use..." but chalk up $40-50 bux and get the biggest comforters you can get from target or the like. (if that is too much, you might try browsing a couple thrift shops too.) You'll also need some way to suspend them from the ceiling. i.e. hanger wire. (so go to home depot or the like after you've secured the blankets, and pick up a spool of hanger wire, or whatever your celing situation dictates..

    1. buy, find, pull out of your closet; the two biggest comforters you got. (you'll want em pretty thick too)

    2. sem em together. (the short sides)

    3. sew thick loops of fabric along the top edge. ( i did 10 or 12...)

    4. suspend the blanket from the ceiling using the wire forming a diamond like shape, or two v's connected .... something like this <>

    5. Enjoy! the drier you want get closer to it, the less dry, move farther away... play around with the mics placement in there, i guarantee you find some of those, THATS THE SPOT's...

    now just record great performances, use effective gain staging, and you'll track great vocal recordings everytime!

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