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HELP on how to deal with nasally vocals

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by mdb, May 2, 2011.

  1. mdb

    mdb Active Member

    How do you deal with a nasal sounding speaker? Is there a certain frequency range that can be tweaked to fix it without damaging the timbre of the voice? I had a real problem with this on the weekend. The vocal was really nasally and hard to handle. I have an awesome chart listing fundamental frequencies and the frequency ranges for warmth, tin, mud, etc, but nothing for "nasally vocals".
  2. song4gabriel

    song4gabriel Active Member

    the best way to deal with nasal singing is to try a different microphone. one that has a dip in the midrange.

    if you cannot re record the track you can try to use eq to fix the problem. use a narrow bandwith and try scooping around at different points to find the culprit frequencies.
  3. song4gabriel

    song4gabriel Active Member

    also- is it a male or female singer?
  4. JohnTodd

    JohnTodd Well-Known Member

    Try a ribbon mic. My voice is naturally thin and nasally, but the ribbon mic I use counteracts that (somehow). I use a Nady RSM4 for my vocals, but I hesitate to recommend that mic here because it's not exactly "good enough" for this board. Works for me, though.
  5. mdb

    mdb Active Member

    The vocal was male and the mic was a Countryman wireless headset type that attached to one ear (used a Shure transmitter/ receiver). Really small cap and taped to the face just in front of the ear because it has a tendency to wander and swing about. The sound source was also speech, not singing.

    Using a ribbon mic in this case is not an option, but that's my fault for not giving enough information.
  6. Jeemy

    Jeemy Well-Known Member

    OK no offence but what application was this - live or studio? It sounds like its a live situation and you've posted in the right forum, although I am the wrong person to answer. But two answers present themselves.

    Firstly, a headset type mic is going to inherently have limitations in what the housing can handle - a tiny diaphragm like that is just going to exarcebate your problem.

    Secondly, I've suffered from the same issue (to the extent I thought my Neumann u87ai was bad) with male vocals. There is a very definite nasal presence from some post-pubescent male singers with attitude that really pushes what I would say was about 12kHz - but in fact from studies turns out to be much lower - 950, 1000, and 1200Hz, all being multiples which push 12k, are bad and common nasal frequencies - and unfortunately all of these are going to over-stretch a head-mounted housing.

    Is this poetry? State your application and we can help....the solution for me has been a Shure SM7, 57a Beta, Heil PR-40 I think it is, or KEL HM-2. Radio - app dynamic mics, but do you need some kind of movement?
  7. mdb

    mdb Active Member


    Thanks for the response. Yes, it was live sound and movement was necessary. It was a preacher in a church.

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