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Recording Raspy- Lemmy-like vocals

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by Mygodishendrix, Jan 9, 2009.

  1. Ok. I'm fairfly new to recording. Obviously I already know about angling, vocal presecnce, water, the good preamps I need, and eliminating pop and rumble. I'm using either an Electro-Voice Large Diaphragm condenser, or a shure SM57 to record vocals.

    What would you guys recommend to do as far as recording raspy, lemmy-like vocals?
  2. Link555

    Link555 Well-Known Member

  3. NCdan

    NCdan Guest

    The thing about those types of vocals is that there is no "technique" to save your vocal chords if you want to get good results. I'm assuming you're the one doing the vocals? Or are you recording someone else? I hate to say it, but cigarrettes and booze really provide a lot of the rasp and edge to Lemmy's voice. If you don't use and abuse those products and you want to sound somewhat natural (as in not adding distortion, extreme compression, and other effects), you're just gonna have to do what thousands of punk bands have done and scream their guts out. Now, I've heard of quick fixes that may or may not help, like drinking something very acidic like Hawaiian Punch right before you sing, and I don't know how effective that is, but you might give it a try.
  4. song4gabriel

    song4gabriel Active Member

    as a singer- this may sound stupid but it workls for me- i drink lots 2 glasses of orange juice. although it gives me a sort of "soul" type rasp. also try singing first thing in the morning

    as far as lemmy- i have NEVER seen him in an interview when he wasnt chain smoking. cigarettes do work. but you have to smoke lots of them. and then there's that whole death thing to worry about.
  5. WardEnsemble

    WardEnsemble Member

    according to an interview i watched of Lemmy, he attributes his raspy Lemmy-only sound to the position of his microphone...largley. Notice how he is always underneath his mike, forcing him to stretch his neck up, tightening his vocal cords. It is drastically different to the sound he has with Hawkwind, at a lower, straight on mic placement.
  6. NCdan

    NCdan Guest

    Interesting. I'm no pro, but I always felt rather uncomfortable with my head at anything but an upwards angle.
  7. StephenMC

    StephenMC Member

    That may be how he does, but it's wretched for your cords. Probably lose your voice after a couple years of that.
  8. song4gabriel

    song4gabriel Active Member

    true that. but singers dont care about long term damage. i certainly don't.

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