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Noob here, help with vocals !!

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by randomaxy, Sep 2, 2007.

  1. randomaxy

    randomaxy Guest

    Well, first of all I'd like to say that I may be on the wrong place, everyone knows a lot more here than I do, and your studios are probably worth a lot more, that if you can say that I have a studio, which I don't

    anyway, I am not a pro, and I'm trying to record some tracks in my room

    I'm using my Ux1 toneport from line 6 and cubase

    well, I've been having some trouble with my vocal tracks, I plug my mic into the toneport and use some of gearbox's presets but they're no good

    I was wondering if there is anything I could do

    Is there any software like gearbox that can make my vocals sound better, or at least eq what I'm singing?

    I don't want to record tracks and then use plugins on it, I want to get a better sound directly

    Well, that's it ! thanks guys
  2. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Guest

    Sep 26, 2005
    If you want to record good vocals, you'll need a Shure SM58. Yup, you read right. And SM58 and any inexpensive preamp/mixer that includes a high pass (low-cut) filter. Engage the filter and don't screw with the equalizer's if it has any. Do not eat the microphone, i.e. keep yourself about one fist of distance from the front of the microphone ball. Adjust your microphone preamp gain control at the loudest section of the vocal so as to not allow any overload.

    If you'd like to really do it well, purchase yourself a DBX166 limiter/compressor. Plug the microphone preamp into the compressor and the compressor into the line level input of your audio device/card.

    Really, that's all you need. Maybe +2 DB@10kHz? No fancy condenser microphone blah blah nor special equalizers, enhancers or effects are necessary. The little bit of light equalization you might want will be easily accomplished in mix down, in the box.

    No secrets to good vocals
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  3. TVPostSound

    TVPostSound Guest

    You can still hear 10K?? Not me!!! :shock:
  4. ORSUP

    ORSUP Guest

    Sure SM58 is a great suggestion.
    You can also use a Presonus Microphone Preamplifier -=$99.00, Marshall MXL vocal mic=$98.00... and your compressor....=Very decent entry level vocals.
    Good luck.
  5. Link555

    Link555 Distinguished Member

    Mar 31, 2007
    North Vancouver
    you can't hear 10k? are you sure you don't mean 20k? Lack of 10k would indicate serious hearing dammage.
  6. multoc

    multoc Active Member

    Jun 18, 2005
    Ya I was going to say ummmm 10k I would hope so...
  7. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Guest

    Sep 26, 2005
    At 52 years of age, I can still hear 15kHz. Not as loudly as I used to hear it but still there. I used to let my hair hang over my ears, just to take a little high-end down around 15kHz. I thought it would be better than placing toilet paper over my ear's or tweeters, like Bob Clearmountain did. Now I generally brush my hair behind my ears so I get that little extra bit of 15kHz these days. I'll probably see Bob at the AES convention, since we used to work at Media Sound together and I'll ask him what brand of toilet paper he likes to use on his tweeters? Does he use the extra soft? Or extra absorbent? Maybe I'll have to squeeze him to find out?

    I thought losing 50 pounds would improve my high-frequency response? It did. I now squeal higher with happiness.

    Beautiful but now in need of a facelift.
    Accepting donations.
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  8. MediaMurder

    MediaMurder Guest

    I would think recording two take in mono, hard panning and adding eq/effects to only one side would give it a little better sound too? Worth a try?

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