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Recording under short notice and pressure

Discussion in 'Recording' started by dabmeister music, Aug 18, 2003.

  1. dabmeister music

    dabmeister music Active Member

    This past weekend I took on a project which consisted of learning, arranging and recording the music for a friend in as little as 4 days. And get this , the vocal session was scheduled the day before the project deadline. So during the vocal session we tracked & stacked the voices in 3 part harmony (3 tracks per part). Everything went as planned. The only complaint I had was not being able to get a good level on the mic. (we were being rushed) So in the end , I had quite a few editing chores to complete. My main issue was removing all of the harsh (overloaded) vocal snippets on each track. Not only the snippets , but the segments that needed a little attention like "normalizing" or fades and etc. Is there anything that can be done in a situation like this? Could the outcome have been a little different as far as the tracking/session is concerned? Any pointers? :eek:
     
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    by Guest

    I'm very confused with the questions you just asked.

    You say you already recorded and edited out all the bad 'snippets'. so what else is there to do? if you have a badly recorded vocal track and don't have another take to comp, then you might just be SOL.

    If you're asking what you could've done better, then, well in the future you'll probably want to try recording at a lower signal or use compression between the mic and the input on your console so you can help control any loud out of control singers. Other things to mention is the singer ability to sing into a microphone. Lots of people will learn to back away slightly from the microphone when they come to loud note or a loud section of the song, and then move themselves closer to the mic when they are singing more softly again. a microphone is like the vocalists instrument in this way, they need to practice this if they haven't ever done so.
     
  3. dabmeister music

    dabmeister music Active Member

    If you're asking what you could've done better, then, well in the future you'll probably want to try recording at a lower signal or use compression between the mic and the input on your console so you can help control any loud out of control singers. Other things to mention is the singer ability to sing into a microphone. Lots of people will learn to back away slightly from the microphone when they come to loud note or a loud section of the song, and then move themselves closer to the mic when they are singing more softly again. a microphone is like the vocalists instrument in this way, they need to practice this if they haven't ever done so. Well thats the problem I usually have with some vocalist ,they just won't do it the way you suggest. I agree with you on that "BY" about using the mic as your instrument. I trusted having the vocalist decide the proper levels since they sing "professionally" on a part time basis. Maybe this is where I went wrong. I did go through and delete , copy/paste a few snippets but this very tedious. But come to think of it , they do "live" performances and very little studio sessions. So maybe that answers my question. Also I just found out I have until next weekend to fine tune the project.

    [ August 18, 2003, 01:13 PM: Message edited by: dabmeister17 ]
     

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